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24.55.150 Definitions.

(Added by Ordinance No. 187017; amended by Ordinance Nos. 188802, 189012 and 189078, effective July 18, 2018.)

A.  Demolition.  Demolition means removal of all exterior walls above the foundation.

B.  Major Residential Addition.  Major residential addition means adding more than 500 square feet of new interior space and expanding the structure’s footprint or envelope.  The new interior space does not include areas of existing space within the building envelope.

C.  Major Residential Alteration.  Major residential alteration means removing 50 percent or more of the exterior walls above the foundation.

D.  Recognized organization.  Recognized organization includes neighborhood coalitions and neighborhood associations recognized by the Portland Office of Community & Civic Life.

E.  Demolition Manager.  Demolition manager means the person designated by the property owner or demolition permit applicant who will be responsible for implementing and overseeing the Demolition Plan and who will be the contact person for BDS and other regulatory agencies regarding the Demolition Plan.  The Demolition Manager must have knowledge regarding erosion and sediment control, site control, and proper handling of materials generated from the demolition activities.  The Demolition Manager is a “responsible party” as defined in this Section 24.55.150.

F.  Demolition Plan.  Demolition plan means the plan signed by the Demolition Manager that outlines the techniques and equipment that the Demolition Manager will use on the demolition site to control dust and debris generated during the demolition activities.  The Demolition Plan must also include the anticipated timeframe for the demolition, a description of the site control measures set forth in Section 24.55.205 C. and monitoring processes that will be followed on the site before, during, and after the demolition activities, details of pedestrian protection where required, and a description of how the site will be secured against accessibility by any unauthorized persons.  The Demolition Plan must include erosion and sediment control measures required by this Chapter 24.55, Title 10 and Chapter 17.39 of the Portland City Code, the City of Portland Erosion and Sediment Control Manual, the City of Portland Source Control Manual, and any other City of Portland regulations governing erosion, sediment control, stormwater control, or wastewater generated from the demolition activities covered by this Section 24.55.205.  The Plan must also include contact information for the Demolition Manager.

G.  Mechanical demolition activities.  Mechanical demolition activities means pulling down any part of a structure using mechanical tools such as cranes, bulldozers, excavators, rams, or similar heavy machinery.

H.  Deconstruction.  Deconstruction means demolition via the systematic dismantling of a structure or its parts, typically in the opposite order it was constructed, which can include the selective use of heavy machinery. 

I.  Full deconstruction.  Full deconstruction means systematically dismantling 100% of the building, including finishes, core, shell, frame, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing fixtures and only using machinery to move and process materials once they are removed.

J.  Lead-containing.  Lead-containing means paint or other surface coatings that contain lead equal to or exceeding 1.0 milligram per square centimeter, 0.5 percent by weight, or 5,000 parts per million (ppm).

K.  Responsible party.  Responsible party means the property owner or person authorized to act on the owner’s behalf and any person causing or contributing to a violation of this Title.