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24.85.010 Scope.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 178831 and 189201, effective November 9, 2018.)

A.  The provisions of this chapter prescribe the seismic design requirements for existing buildings undergoing changes of occupancy, additions, alterations, catastrophic damage, fire, or earthquake repair, or mandatory or voluntary seismic strengthening.  Except for the provisions related to seismic strengthening of unreinforced masonry bearing wall buildings in Section 24.85.065, the requirements of this chapter only apply to buildings for which a building permit has been applied for to change the occupancy classification, add square footage to the building, alter or repair the building.

B.  Under the authority provided by State law, the provisions of this chapter prescribing seismic rehabilitation standards for existing buildings can be used in lieu of meeting the requirements of the current edition of the State of Oregon Structural Specialty Code.