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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

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Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204

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Building Code Board of Appeals

Description: The Building Code Board of Appeals is authorized under Portland City Code 24.10.080 and the State of Oregon Structural Specialty Code. The Board makes decisions on matters pertaining to building construction. It hears appeals heard by the weekly Administrative Appeals Board, concerning alternate methods of meeting building code requirements. 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.

Total seats available: Three

Term length: Three year

Volunteer position description: 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. One member must be a builder and one member must be an architect. 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.


Bureau host: Development Services  

Contact: Terry Whitehill, 503-823-7639