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Chapter 25.05 Permits

25.05.010 Required.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 170576, 170811, 178578 and 187432, effective December 4, 2015.)  Excepting fire systems provided for in Title 31, Fire Regulations, a permit, or minor label as outlined in Section 25.04.040, shall be obtained for the installation, construction, alteration, or repair of any plumbing or sewage system, fire hose valve, water supply system, water supply well, rainwater harvesting system, sewage holding tank, fire hose cabinet, or the installing of any device if the device requires either water supply, or waste connection to drainage system or both; for capping of a sewer where a building has been demolished or moved; and for removing plumbing fixtures and sealing openings.  All of the above work is covered by the regulations of this Title and the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code.  As used in this Section, the word “repair” does not apply to ordinary repairs to faucets or valves, or to the clearing of obstructions from a fixture, sewer, or waste pipe, if the fixture or device is not disconnected, or if there is no opening of, or cutting into, the sewer or waste pipe or fittings.

25.05.020 Permit and Report Required To Do Plumbing Work on Water System.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 168902, 170811 and 187432, effective December 4, 2015.)  It is unlawful for any plumber or other person to make connections, installations, replacements, extensions, or repairs to any City water service pipe, or to extend a water pipe from one building to another building, or to connect one service pipe with another service pipe without first obtaining the proper plumbing permit or minor label if applicable, unless making emergency repairs as allowed in Section 25.05.025 – Temporary Permits.  Every plumbing system in the City of Portland shall be connected to a City water main or water supply furnished by the City of Portland or other State approved purveyor.

25.05.025 Temporary Permits.

(Added by Ordinance No. 187432, effective December 4, 2015.)  The Bureau may issue temporary permits for emergency plumbing work or repairs.  Temporary permits will only be issued to licensed plumbers.  Temporary permits are valid for 7 days.  When work is done under a temporary permit, the permit application and fees must either be received by the Bureau within 7 calendar days of the start of work, or, if mailed, be postmarked within 7 calendar days of the start of work.

25.05.030 Plumbing Permit Application.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 156924, 168183, 170576 and 176955, effective October 9, 2002.)  An application for a plumbing permit shall be made on an application form furnished by the Bureau of Development Services.  The application shall denote the name of the contractor who holds a State of Oregon Plumbing Contractor’s Registration the State Contractors Certification Board registration and the City of Portland’s Contractors Business License number.  However, an owner may sign an application for a plumbing permit under the regulation as stated in Section 25.04.050, and any person may sign and obtain a plumbing permit for the plugging of a sewer or for disconnection of a roof drain system on one and two-family dwellings.  An application for a permit for dry wells, or soakage trenches for storm water disposal may be taken out by an owner, plumbing contractor, or sewer contractor.

25.05.040 Plumbing Plan Examination.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 158895, 186183, 170576 and 181359, effective November 16, 2007.) 

A.  Installations requiring plan review:  Plumbing plan review is required for all complex structures as set forth in OAR 918-780-0040 cert ef. 10-1-06.  Plan review for all other plumbing systems is optional.

B.   Submittal Requirements:  When plan review is either required or requested, prior to the issuance of a building permit, three sets of plumbing plans and specifications providing the information as prescibed by the Director shall be filed with the Plumbing Section, Bureau of Development Services.  Plans shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed.

25.05.050 Life of Permit Limited.

(Replaced by Ordinance No. 174880; amended by Ordinance Nos. 178578 and 188647, effective November 17, 2017.) If no inspection approval has taken place within six months after permit issuance, the permit shall become void, and no further plumbing work shall be done at the premises until a new permit has been secured and a new fee paid.  Each time an inspection approval is granted, the permit shall be deemed to be automatically extended for six months, until final approval is granted.   The Director  may extend a permit for one period of six months upon finding that the permittee was unable to commence or continue work for reasons beyond the permittee’s control.  Extension requests shall be in writing and shall be received by the Director before the permit expiration date.  If an inspection approval has not been granted within this extended time period, the permit shall be void.  A permit that has been expired for six months or less may be renewed provided no changes have been made in the original plans and specifications for such work.  No permit may be renewed if it has been expired for more than six months.  A permit may be renewed only once.  If an inspection approval has not been granted within the time period of permit renewal the permit shall be void.  The renewal fee shall be as specified in the Council adopted fee schedule.

25.05.060 Fees.

(Replaced by Ordinance No. 174720, effective August 21, 2000.)  All required fees are stated in the Fee Schedule adopted by City Council.  Fees will be updated annually or on an as needed basis.  The approved Fee Schedule will be available at the Development Services Center .

25.05.070 Repairs, Replacements, and/or Completions.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 187432, effective December 4, 2015.)

A.  A regular fee shall be charged on all work for finishing any plumbing installation for which a permit was secured and which installation was roughed in only. Any such original permit will not cover any person other than the original permittee.

B.  The fees for alterations, replacements, or repairs shall be the same as for new work.

C.  If any work on the construction, alteration, repair, replacement, or completion of a plumbing system is commenced without a plumbing permit having first been secured, the Bureau may charge an investigation fee equal to the average or actual additional cost incurred by the City of ensuring that the work done without benefit of a permit is in conformance with the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code and this Title, provided that when a person performing the work notifies the Bureau of Development Services before any work is commenced at a given location, and the permit is secured within 24 hours, not including Sundays or holidays, the investigation fee shall not be charged.  Payment of such fee, however, shall in no way relieve such person of the penalties imposed for violation of this Title.

25.05.080 Revocation.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 176955 and 187432, effective December 4, 2015.)  If, upon inspection, it is found that the workmanship or material employed does not in all respects conform to the statements given in the plumbing permit application or does not comply with the provisions of this Title and the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code, the Bureau will issue a stop work order as set forth in Section 25.04.015 of this Title and all additional plumbing work under the permit will be suspended until permission to deviate from the specific terms of the permit is obtained or until the work already installed is corrected to comply fully with the terms of the permit.  If the permittee fails to comply with the requirements outlined in the stop work order, the Bureau of Development Services will cancel the permit, informing the permittee in writing of the action, and posting a notice announcing such revocation at the site of the work.  Thereafter it is unlawful for any person to perform any plumbing work upon such premises without first securing a new plumbing permit.    Any person subject to a stop work order may seek review of the order by the Director and may appeal the Director’s determination in accordance with City Code Section 3.30.080.

25.05.090 Partial Refund of Fees.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 162101 and 187432, effective December  4, 2015.)  Permit and plan check fees will, as a general rule, be refunded when the services covered by the fee have not commenced, and the permit or plan review fees were paid incorrectly due to an error on the part of the City.  When a permit applicant requests a refund, but the City was not at fault in accepting payment, fees shall be retained to cover the cost of plan review or inspections actually performed and 20 percent of the amount remaining.  State surcharge fees are only refundable when a permit was issued in error.  Requests for refunds must be made within six months of payment or permit issuance, whichever is later.  Refunds will be made to the same person or firm who paid the fee within three months of the request.  Exceptions to the above requirements may be made by the Director or designee.

25.05.100 Reduction of Fees.

(Added by Ordinance No. 168183, effective Nov. 1, 1994.)  The Director may reduce any fee when, under the Director’s authorization, another public agency, public utility, or other organization processes the permit thereby reducing the bureau’s cost of issuing the permit.