Reviewing applications weekly. Open until filled.
Staff Liaisons: Terry Whitehill, 503-823-7639, Donna Ruark 503-823-7335
Application at bottom of webpage.
Purpose and Background
It is important for people who are interested in serving on the committee to understand and support the background and mission of this volunteer committee.
The Building Code Board of Appeals is authorized under Portland City Code 24.10.080 and the State of Oregon Structural Specialty Code. This board consists of three members appointed by the Mayor. The members must be qualified by experience and training to make decisions on matters pertaining to building construction. The Director of BDS is an ex officio member of the board, and is represented by one of the Senior or Chief Plans Examiners on the BDS staff.
The Building Code Board of Appeals hears appeals of building code issues which are appealed beyond the Administrative Appeals Board. The Appeals Board may affirm, annul or modify the action of BDS on the condition that substantially equivalent safety is provided generally conforming to national standards concerning fire prevention, fire safety measures, and building construction requirements for safety.
Committee activities include: Affirm, annul or modify the decision of the weekly Administrative Appeals board.
Total number of advisory seats: 3 members, 3 back-up members
Number of seats available: 1 member, 2 back-up members
Who can join
To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.
- One member and one alternate must be a builder.
- One member and one alternate must be an architect.
What We Look For
We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.
- You believe government is better when community is involved
- You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
- You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
- The Board meets on an as-needed basis, generally not more than once a month, at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon.
- Members will serve terms of 3 years, not more than 2 consecutive terms
- Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.
People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.
How to Apply
Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email AdvisoryBodies@portlandoregon.gov to request a Word version.
To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at Terry.Whitehill@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-7639, or Donna.Ruark@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7335.
Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information
The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information. The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov
For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.
We Encourage You to Apply
We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/34154
Applications are being accepted until all positions are filled. To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at Terry.Whitehill@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-7639, or Donna.Ruark@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7335.