GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-4000
(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 180330 and 181699, effective April 25, 2008.)
A. An owner may not maintain or permit to be maintained, in violation of this Chapter, any residential property.
B. All residential property shall be maintained to the building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical code requirements in effect at the time of construction, alteration, or repair.
C. Where construction, alteration or repair has been made to a residential property illegally without benefit of a permit, all work shall be required to meet current requirements of the applicable Oregon Specialty Code as adopted in Sections 24.10.040, 25.01.020, 26.01.030 and 27.01.030 of the City Code.
D. The specific minimum maintenance standards set forth in Sections 29.30.010 through 29.30.240 shall only apply to residential property that was constructed, altered or repaired before July 1, 1974. Subsections 29.30.250 through 29.30.290 shall apply to all applicable structures regardless of construction date.
Address numbers posted shall be the same as the number listed on the County Assessment and Taxation Records for the property. All dwellings shall have address numbers posted in a conspicuous place so they may be read from the listed street or public way. Units within apartment houses shall be clearly numbered, or lettered, in a logical and consistent manner.
All accessory structures on residential property shall be maintained structurally safe and sound and in good repair. Exterior steps and walkways shall be maintained free of unsafe obstructions or hazardous conditions.
(Amended by Ordinance No. 176381, effective May 10, 2002.) The roof shall be structurally sound, tight, and have no defects which might admit rain. Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent rainwater from causing dampness in the walls or interior portion of the building and shall channel rainwater in an approved manner to an approved point of disposal.
Every masonry, metal, or other chimney shall remain adequately supported and free from obstructions and shall be maintained in a condition which ensures there will be no leakage or backup of noxious gases. Every chimney shall be reasonably plumb. Loose bricks or blocks shall be rebonded. Loose or missing mortar shall be replaced. Unused openings into the interior of the structure must be permanently sealed using approved materials.
A. Foundation elements shall adequately support the building and shall be free of rot, crumbling elements, or similar deterioration.
B. The supporting structural members in every dwelling shall be maintained structurally sound, showing no evidence of deterioration or decay which would substantially impair their ability to carry imposed loads.
A. Every exterior wall and weather-exposed exterior surface or attachment shall be free of holes, breaks, loose or rotting boards or timbers and any other conditions which might admit rain or dampness to the interior portions of the walls or the occupied spaces of the building.
B. All exterior wood surfaces shall be made substantially impervious to the adverse effects of weather by periodic application of an approved protective coating of weather-resistant preservative, and be maintained in good condition. Wood used in construction of permanent structures and located nearer than six inches to earth shall be treated wood or wood having a natural resistance to decay.
C. Exterior metal surfaces shall be protected from rust and corrosion.
D. Every section of exterior brick, stone, masonry, or other veneer shall be maintained structurally sound and be adequately supported and tied back to its supporting structure.
Every stair, porch, and attachment to stairs or porches shall be so constructed as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the loads to which it is subjected and shall be kept in sound condition and good repair, including replacement as necessary of flooring, treads, risers, and stringers that evidence excessive wear and are broken, warped, or loose.
(Amended by Ordinance No. 176381, effective May 10, 2002.) Every handrail and guardrail shall be firmly fastened, and shall be maintained in good condition, capable of supporting the loads to which it is subjected, and meet the following requirements:
A. Handrails and guardrails required by building codes at the time of construction shall be maintained or, if removed, shall be replaced.
B. Where not otherwise required by original building codes, exterior stairs of more than three risers which are designed and intended to be used as part of the regular access to the dwelling unit shall have handrails. Interior stairs of more than three risers shall have handrails. When required handrails are installed they shall be installed so that they meet the applicable building code requirements in effect at the time this work is being performed.
C. Where not otherwise required by original building codes, porches, balconies or raised floor surfaces located more than 30 inches above the floor or grade below shall have guardrails. Open sides of stairs with a total rise of more than 30 inches above the floor or grade below shall have guardrails. When required guardrails are installed, they shall be installed so that they meet the applicable building code requirements in effect at the time this work is being performed.
(Amended by Ordinance No. 181699, effective April 25, 2008.)
A. Every habitable room shall have at least one window facing directly to an exterior yard or court. The minimum total glass area for each habitable room shall be 6.8 percent of the room's floor area, except for basement rooms where the minimum shall be 5 percent. The glazed areas need not be provided in rooms where artificial light is provided capable of producing an average illumination of 3 foot-candles over the area of the room measured at a height of 30 inches above the floor and the minimum ventilation requirements in Subsection B below are satisfied.
B. Except where another approved ventilation device is provided, the total openable window area in every habitable room shall be equal to at least one-fortieth (2.5%) of the area of the room. The glazed areas need not be openable where the opening is not required for emergency escape and an approved mechanical ventilation system is provided capable of producing 0.35 air changes per hour in the room.
C. Every bathroom or toilet room or compartment shall comply with the light and ventilation requirements for habitable rooms as required by Subsections 29.30.090 A and B, except that no window shall be required in bathrooms or toilet compartments equipped with an approved ventilation system.
D. Windows in sleeping rooms that are provided to meet emergency escape or rescue requirements described in Section 29.30.230 A shall have a sill height of no more than 44 inches above the floor or above an approved, permanently installed step. The step must not exceed 12 inches in height and must extend the full width of the window. The top surface of the step must be a minimum of six feet from the ceiling above the step.
E. Windows in sleeping rooms that are provided to meet emergency escape or rescue requirements described in Section 29.30.230 A shall have a minimum net clear opening of at least 20 inches wide and at least 22 inches high.
F. Every window required for ventilation or emergency escape shall be capable of being easily opened and held open by window hardware. Any installed storm windows on windows required for emergency escape must be easily openable from the inside without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort.
G. All windows within 10 feet of the exterior grade that open must be able to be securely latched from the inside as well as be openable from the inside without the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort. This same requirement shall apply to all openable windows that face other locations that are easily accessible from the outside, such as balconies or fire escapes, regardless of height from the exterior grade.
H. Every window shall be substantially weather-tight, shall be kept in sound condition and repair for its intended use, and shall comply with the following:
1. Every window sash shall be fully supplied with glass windowpanes or an approved substitute without open cracks and holes.
2. Every window sash shall be in good condition and fit weather-tight within its frames.
3. Every window frame shall be constructed and maintained in relation to the adjacent wall construction so as to exclude rain as completely as possible and to substantially exclude wind from entering the dwelling.
A. Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall have at least one door leading to an exterior yard or court, or in the case of a two-family dwelling or apartment, to an exterior yard or court or to an approved exit. All such doors shall be openable from the inside without the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort. All screen doors and storm doors must be easily openable from the inside without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort.
B. In hotels and apartment houses, exit doors in common corridors or other common passageways shall be openable from the inside with one hand in a single motion, such as pressing a bar or turning a knob, without the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort.
C. Every door to the exterior of a dwelling unit shall be equipped with a lock designed to discourage unwanted entry and to permit opening from the inside without the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort.
D. Every exterior door shall comply with the following:
1. Every exterior door, door hinge, door lock, and strike plate shall be maintained in good condition.
2. Every exterior door, when closed, shall fit reasonably well within its frame and be weather-tight.
3. Every doorframe shall be constructed and maintained in relation to the adjacent wall construction so as to exclude rain as completely as possible, and to substantially exclude wind from entering the dwelling.
E. Every interior door and doorframe shall be maintained in a sound condition for its intended purpose with the door fitting within the doorframe.
A. Every interior wall, floor, ceiling, and cabinet shall be maintained in a clean, sanitary, safe, and structurally sound condition, free of large holes and serious cracks, loose plaster or wallpaper, flaking or scaling paint.
B. Every toilet compartment, bathroom, and kitchen floor surface shall be constructed and maintained to be substantially impervious to water and to permit the floor to be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
Every dwelling, including basements, and crawl spaces shall be maintained reasonably free from dampness to prevent conditions conducive to decay, mold growth, or deterioration of the structure.
Every dwelling shall be kept free from insect and rodent infestation, and where insects and rodents are found, they shall be promptly exterminated. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to prevent reinfestation.
(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 176381, 177254, 181699 and 184885, effective October 28, 2011.)
A. All exterior property areas shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage. All household garbage shall be stored in receptacles which are free from holes and covered with tight fitting lids.
B. The interior of every dwelling shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage so as not to breed insects and rodents, produce dangerous or offensive gases, odors and bacteria, or other unsanitary conditions, or create a fire hazard.
C. The owner of a residential rental property shall provide for each dwelling unit, or subscribe for service where a franchisee provides at least one 20 gallon receptacle into which garbage and rubbish may be emptied for storage and collection. Receptacles must be of sufficient capacity to prevent the overflow of garbage and rubbish from occurring. Receptacles and lids shall be watertight and provided with handles. All receptacles shall be maintained free from holes and covered with tight-fitting lids at all times. The owner of the residential rental property shall subscribe to and pay for weekly recycling and composting service and every-other-week garbage removal service by a refuse collection permittee or franchisee as defined in Chapter 17.102 of the Code of the City of Portland.
D. The owner of any owner occupied residential property shall be required to subscribe and pay for weekly recycling and composting service and every-other-week garbage removal service by a refuse collection permittee or franchisee as defined in Chapter 17.102 of the Code of the City of Portland if the property has been posted two or more times within one year for violation of Subsection 29.20.010 H.1. or 2.
Except as otherwise noted in this Section, every dwelling unit shall contain within its walls in safe and sanitary working condition:
A. A toilet located in a room that is separate from the habitable rooms and that allows privacy;
B. A lavatory basin; and
C. A bathtub or shower located in a room that allows privacy.
In hotels and apartment houses where private toilets, lavatories, or baths are not provided, there shall be on each floor at least one toilet, one lavatory, and one bathtub or shower each provided at the rate of one for every twelve residents or fraction of twelve residents. Required toilets, bathtubs, and showers shall be in a room, or rooms, that allow privacy.
A. Every dwelling unit shall contain a kitchen sink apart from the lavatory basin required under Section 29.30.150, with the exception of single-room occupancy housing units which shall comply with Subsection 29.30.290 B.
B. Except as otherwise provided for in Subsections 29.30.290 B and C, every dwelling unit shall have approved service connections for refrigeration and cooking appliances.
(Amended by Ordinance 180330, effective August 18, 2006.)
A. Every plumbing fixture or device shall be properly connected to a public or an approved private water system and to a public or an approved private sewer system.
B. All required sinks, lavatory basins, bathtubs and showers shall be supplied with both hot and cold running water and have a water pressure of at least 15 psi. Every dwelling unit shall be supplied with water heating facilities which are installed in an approved manner, properly maintained, and properly connected with hot water lines to all required sinks, lavatory basins, bathtubs and showers. Water heating facilities shall be capable of heating water enough to permit an adequate amount of water to be drawn at every required facility at a temperature of at least 120 degrees at any time needed.
C. In every dwelling all plumbing or plumbing fixtures shall be:
1. Properly installed, connected, and maintained in good working order;
2. Kept free from obstructions, leaks, and defects;
3. Capable of performing the function for which they are designed; and
4. Installed and maintained so as to prevent structural deterioration or health hazards.
D. All plumbing repairs and installations shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Title 25 (Plumbing Regulations).
A. All heating equipment, including that used for cooking, water heating, dwelling heat, and clothes drying shall be:
1. Properly installed, connected, and maintained in safe condition and good working order;
2. Free from leaks and obstructions and kept functioning properly so as to be free from fire, health, and accident hazards; and
3. Capable of performing the function for which they are designed.
B. Every dwelling shall have a heating facility capable of maintaining a room temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit at a point 3 feet from the floor in all habitable rooms.
1. Portable heating devices may not be used to meet the dwelling heat requirements of this Title.
2. No inverted or open flame fuel-burning heater shall be permitted. All heating devices or appliances shall be of an approved type.
C. All mechanical repairs and installations shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Title 27 (Heating and Ventilating Requirements.)
(Amended by Ordinance 180330, effective August 18, 2006.) All buildings used for residential purposes shall be connected to an approved source of electric power. Every electric outlet and fixture shall be maintained and safely connected to an approved electrical system. The electrical system shall not constitute a hazard to the occupants of the building by reason of inadequate service, improper fusing, improper wiring or installation, deterioration or damage, lack of access to a dwelling unit’s breaker or disconnect switch or similar reasons.
In addition to other electrical system components that may be used to meet cooking, refrigeration, and heating requirements listed elsewhere in this Title, the following outlets and lighting fixtures are required:
A. Every habitable room shall contain at least two operable electric outlets or one outlet and one operable electric light fixture.
B. Every toilet compartment or bathroom shall contain at least one supplied and operable electric light fixture and one outlet. Every laundry, furnace room, and all similar non-habitable spaces located in a dwelling shall have one supplied electric light fixture available at all times.
C. Every public hallway, corridor, and stairway in apartment houses and hotels shall be adequately lighted at all times with an average intensity of illumination of at least one foot candle at principal points such as angles and intersections of corridors and passageways, stairways, landings of stairways, landings of stairs and exit doorways, and at least ½-foot candle at other points. Measurement of illumination shall be taken at points not more than 4 feet above the floor.
D. All electrical repairs and installations shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Title 26 (Electrical Regulations.)
(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 180330 and 181699, effective April 25, 2008.) Habitable rooms in existing one and two family dwelling buildings shall have a clear ceiling height of at least 7 feet. Habitable rooms in other existing buildings shall have a clear ceiling height of at least 7 feet 6 inches. The following height exceptions may be used for the one and two family dwelling ceiling height requirements:
A. Flat ceilings. Where the ceiling is flat, ceiling heights may be a minimum of 6 feet 8 inches. Pipes, ducts, beams, or similar objects projecting from the ceiling may be as follows:
1. Ceiling projections may be as low as 6 feet where they are located within 2 feet from the wall; or
2. Ceiling projections may be as low as 6 feet 2 inches where they do not occupy more than 10 percent of the floor area in the room where they are located.
B. Sloped ceilings.
1. General. Where the ceiling is sloped, the height may be as follows:
a. The minimum ceiling height must be at least 6 feet 8 inches over an area comprising at least 50% of the overall room area; and
b. Portions of the room with a ceiling height less than 5 feet shall not be counted toward the overall room area.
2. Bathrooms. In bathrooms with sloped ceilings not more than 75% of the floor area of a bathroom is permitted to have a sloped ceiling less than 7 feet in height, provided an area of 21 inches by 24 inches in front of toilets and lavatories has a minimum of 6 feet 4 inches in height. An area of 24 inches by 30 inches in front of and inside a tub or shower shall have a minimum of 6 feet 4 inches in height.
C. These exceptions to the current building codes shall not apply where any occupancy has been changed, or the occupant load has been increased, contrary to the provisions of this Title.
Every room used for sleeping purposes:
A. Shall be a habitable room as defined in this title;
B. Shall not be a kitchen;
C. Shall have natural light, ventilation, and windows or other means for escape purposes as required by this Title; and
D. Shall comply with the following minimum requirements for floor area:
1. Shall have a minimum area of at least 70 square feet of floor area, except that where more than two persons occupy a room used for sleeping purposes, the required floor area shall be increased at the rate of 50 square feet for each person in excess of two. No portion of a room measuring less than 5 feet from the finished floor to the finished ceiling shall be included in any computation of the room’s minimum area.
2. Any dwelling or portion of any dwelling constructed pursuant to permit or lawfully constructed prior to permit requirements shall be deemed in compliance with respect to sleeping room area provided that the deficiency in floor area is no more than 15 percent of that required by Subsection 29.30.210 D 1. This subsection shall not apply where any occupancy has been changed, or the number of occupants has been increased, contrary to the provisions of this Title.
3. Floor area requirements for single-room occupancy housing units shall be in accordance with Section 29.30.290 of this Title.
No dwelling unit shall be permitted to be overcrowded. A dwelling unit shall be considered overcrowded if there are more residents than one plus one additional resident for every 100 square feet of floor area of the habitable rooms in the dwelling unit.
(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 176381 and 180330, effective August 18, 2006.)
A. Every sleeping room shall have at least one operable window or exterior door approved for emergency escape or rescue that is openable from the inside to a full clear opening without the use of special knowledge, effort, or separate tools. Windows used to meet this requirement shall meet the size and sill height requirements described in 29.30.090 D. and E. All below grade windows used to meet this requirement shall have a window well the full width of the window, constructed of permanent materials with a minimum 3 foot by 3-foot clearance in front of the window measured perpendicular to the outside wall. If the bottom of the window well is more than 44” below the ground level, approved steps or an approved permanently attached ladder shall be used.
B. Required exit doors and other exits shall be free of encumbrances or obstructions that block access to the exit.
C. All doorways, windows and any device used in connection with the means of escape shall be maintained in good working order and repair.
D. In addition to other exit requirements, in hotels and apartment houses:
1. All fire escapes shall be kept in good order and repair and painted so as to prevent corrosion of metal, in a manner approved by the Fire Marshal.
2. Every fire escape or stairway, stair platform, corridor or passageway which may be one of the regular means of emergency exit from the building shall be kept free of encumbrances or obstructions of any kind.
3. Where doors to stair enclosures are required by City code to be self-closing, the self-closing device shall be maintained in good working order and it shall be unlawful to wedge or prop the doors open.
4. Windows leading to fire escapes shall be secured against unwanted entry with approved devices.
5. Every apartment house and hotel shall have directional signs in place, visible throughout common passageways, that indicate the way to exit doors and fire escapes. Emergency exit doors and windows shall be clearly labeled for their intended use.
(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 176381 and 180330, effective August 18, 2006.) Smoke detectors sensing visible or invisible particles of combustions or alarms shall be required in all buildings where a room or area therein is designated for sleeping purposes either as a primary use or use on a casual basis. Smoke detectors or alarms shall be installed in each sleeping room or area, in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms and on each additional story of the dwelling, including basements and attics with habitable space. All detectors or alarms shall be approved, shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, shall plainly identify the testing agency that inspected or approved the device, and shall be operable.
(Amended by Ordinance No. 178745, effective October 1, 2004.) In addition to other fire safety requirements of this title, hotels and apartment houses of more than two stories in height shall meet the following requirements:
A. Minimum fire safety standards shall be as provided in Appendix Chapter 12 of the State of Oregon Structural Specialty Code, 1979.
B. Residential High Rise Buildings constructed in accordance with the high-rise building requirements of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code shall maintain all the required fire and life safety systems and equipment in good repair and working order. Upon request of the Director the owner shall produce proof that required fire and life safety systems are fully operational.
(Amended by Ordinance No. 180330, effective August 18, 2006.)
A. When paint is applied to any surface of a residential structure, it shall be lead-free.
B. Residential property shall be free of dangerous levels of hazardous materials, contamination by toxic chemicals, or other circumstances that would render the property unsafe. Where a governmental agency authorized by law to make the determination has verified that a property is unfit for use due to hazardous conditions on the property, the property shall be in violation of this Title. Any such property shall remain in violation of this Title until such time as the agency has approved the abatement of the hazardous conditions. The Director may order such property vacated pursuant to Section 29.60.070 of this Title.
C. No residential property shall be used as a place for the storage and handling of highly combustible or explosive materials or any articles which may be dangerous or detrimental to life or health. No residential property shall be used for the storage or sale of paints, varnishes or oils used in the making of paints and varnishes, except as needed to maintain the dwelling
D. Residential property shall be kept free of friable asbestos.
In addition to other requirements for the maintenance of facilities and equipment described in this Chapter:
A. All required facilities in every dwelling shall be constructed and maintained to properly and safely perform their intended function.
B. All non-required facilities or equipment present in a dwelling shall be maintained to prevent structural damage to the building or hazards of health, sanitation, or fire.
(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 180330 and 181699, effective April 25, 2008.) Swimming pool enclosures shall comply with either the provisions in the 2005 Oregon Residential Specialty Code or Oregon Administrative Rule 333.060.0105 (effective 09-1-1994) as appropriate.
(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 176955 and 180330, effective August 18, 2006.) In addition to meeting requirements for residential structures defined elsewhere in this Title, hotels containing single-room occupancy housing units shall comply with the following:
A. The unit shall have at least 100 square feet of floor area, except that any single-room occupancy housing unit constructed pursuant to permit or lawfully constructed prior to permit requirements shall be deemed in compliance with respect to floor area provided it has at least 85 square feet of floor area. This exception shall not apply where any occupancy has been changed or increased contrary to the provisions of this Title.
B. Either a community kitchen with facilities for cooking, refrigeration, and washing utensils shall be provided on each floor, or each individual single-room occupancy housing unit shall have facilities for cooking, refrigeration and washing utensils. In addition, facilities for community garbage storage or disposal shall be provided on each floor.
C. Where cooking units are provided in individual single-room occupancy housing units, they shall conform to the requirements set forth below.
1. All appliances shall be hard-wired and on separate circuits or have single dedicated connections;
2. All cooking appliances shall be fixed and permanent;
3. The Mechanical Specialty Code, as adopted by Section 27.01.030, shall be used for setting standards for cooking appliances. Cabinets over cooking surfaces shall be 30 inches above the cooking surface, except that this distance may be reduced to 24 inches when a heat shield with 1-inch airspace and extending at least 6 inches horizontally on either side of the cooking appliance is provided. Cooking appliances are limited to two cooking elements or burners and located with at least a 6-inch clear space in all directions from the perimeter of the cooking element or burner. In lieu of two-burner cooking appliances, standard third-party tested and approved ranges with ovens are acceptable, provided that the units are fixed and hard-wired or have single dedicated connections;
4. All cooking appliances shall be installed under permit from the Bureau of Development Services; and
5. All cooking appliances shall be installed so as to provide a minimum clear workspace in front of the appliance of 24 inches.