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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
January 11, 2019
Contact: Amit Kumar, Senior Structural Engineer, Engineering Plan Review Services, Amit.Kumar@portlandoregon.gov
To reduce the risk posed by unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings, Portland City Council passed Ordinance 189201 and 189309 requiring owners of URM buildings to notify tenants and visitors that the structure is a URM. Notifications to owners of Public buildings informing them of the requirements of the ordinance and how to comply with these requirements were mailed December 7, 2018. Notifications to other URM building owners except non-profits, were mailed on January 9, 2019.
The notification letters that were mailed out on January 9, 2019 contained a printing error. The letter incorrectly stated two dates on item numbers 4 & 5. The correct dates are in bold below:
4. Record and submit the “Declaration of Agreement Not to Remove Placard and Acknowledgement of Compliance with Tenant Requirements” document. This document (enclosed) will need to be notarized before it is recorded. The agreement indicates you will not remove the placard (unless the building is no longer classified as a URM) and that you have complied with tenant notification requirements. Agreements may be submitted digitally or by mail on or before January 1, 2019 March 1, 2019.
5. Submit a photograph of a properly placed placard to the Bureau of Development Services on or before January 1, 2019 March 1, 2019.
Postcards were mailed on January 11, 2019 with the corrected dates to the owners who were sent the incorrect information. We regret the error and apologize for any confusion.
Placarding and Tenant Notification Requirements
The ordinance requires that:
The ordinance requires URM owners to post a placard according to the following timeline:
The URM placard must:
It is not required to post the placard in languages other than English, but if the building serves people who are not fluent in English, it is recommended to post the information in those additional languages. The placard should also meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sign Installation Guidelines.
Exceptions to Placarding and Tenant Notifications
Buildings that have been retrofitted to the following standards will not require a placard or tenant notification:
For buildings that were retrofitted before January 1, 2018, either:
Portland Fire and Rescue will inspect the placement of placards as part of their inspection program and will work with BDS Enforcement Section to enforce the requirements for placards.
BDS Enforcement Section will use its existing enforcement program and authority to enforce the requirements for placarding and tenant notification.
Building owners who receive notice to place placards and notify tenants but believe that their building is not a URM, or that the URM building has already been retrofitted to meet the standards above, may file an appeal. See frequently Asked Questions on Placarding and tenant Notification Requirements for URM Buildings for more information.
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