GENERAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS REGARDING FIRE CODE APPEALS
How do I file an appeal?
Appeals are reviewed every other Thursday and must be filed by 5:00 PM on the Monday of the appeal review week to be heard that week. If filed after 5:00 PM on Monday of the appeal review week, the review will be scheduled for the next session, two weeks later.
A $200 fee will be required upon filing the appeal. Please note: appeals will not be heard until payment is made.
Along with the fee payment and a completed appeal form, the appeal should include supplemental material to demonstrate the need for the appeal. Depending on the type of appeal, additional materials such as blue prints, maps of the area/site plans, or a written letter may be required – anything that will help demonstrate the basis for the appeal. Failure to provide complete and accurate information may cause delays with the appeal review process.
There are two ways to file an appeal:
Online appeal request and payment
- Go to the Bureau of Development Services Appeal Application Page and complete the electronic appeal form.
- Select “FIRE” as the appeal type.
- Complete all required fields.
- Attach all supplemental materials (must be in .pdf format)
- Submit the appeal request and make note of the Appeal ID.
- Follow this link to make an online payment: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/appealpayment/
- Enter Appeal ID and follow instructions for entering payment information. If you have questions about the payment process, call (503) 823-3701.
Mail or in person delivery of appeal request and payment: Please only use this method of submission if you are unable to submit online
- Fill out the Fire Code Appeal Form and send your packet with all supporting materials via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the packet to: Portland Fire & Rescue, Attn: Fire Appeals, 55 SW Ash St., Portland, OR 97204.
- Mail or deliver in person the payment by cash/check. The $200 payment must be received before the appeal will be processed.
How do I pay for the appeal?
The $200 fee may be paid online (with electronic submission), mailed or delivered in person to 55 SW Ash Street, Portland, Oregon 97204 (credit card payments cannot be accepted in the office or over the phone). For payments that are mailed or delivered in person, please include a copy of the appeal form with the property address. Make checks payable to City Treasurer and mail or deliver to the address listed above.
Who can I contact with questions?
Contact your Fire Inspector or the Plans Examiner to inquire about a violation of a Fire Code. He or she can provide you with information about what Fire Code you are appealing and why. In some cases, your Fire Inspector or Plans Examiner may also provide suggestions on alternate methods of fixing the appeal. If you do not know who your Fire Inspector or Plans Examiner is, call the Fire Code & Inspection helpline at (503) 823-3770.
Fire Inspector contact information: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/389819
What is the process?
Upon receipt of your appeal packet and fee payment, the administrative appeal board will review the appeal. A decision will be reached and a letter of disposition will be sent to you.
What if I don’t agree with the decision?
If you are not satisfied with the administrative ruling the appeal may be continued to the Fire Code Board of Appeals. To initiate this process, you may send your appeal information and a written request to the address as indicated in your letter of disposition. This information must be received no later than 10 days from the administrative ruling as specified in the disposition letter.
Note: If you do request a hearing before the Fire Code Board of Appeals, please be prepared to show how your appeal demonstrates an alternate means of equivalent safety to the applicable code requirement(s). The Board of Appeals does not have the power to waive any provisions of the code. All appeal requests must demonstrate a substantially equivalent degree of safety is provided and is generally conforming to national standards concerning fire prevention, fire safety measures and building construction requirements for safety.
Who makes up the Fire Code Board of Appeals?
The Board is a three member group composed of volunteers of qualified individuals from the private sector who possess knowledge and experience in the specific code. All meetings are open to the public.
Where in the Fire Code are appeals addressed?
The authority is derived from City Code, Title 31 Fire Regulations, reference 31.10.080.
How do I research appeals?
Click here to search online for a specific appeal.
Additional questions may also be sent to the Appeals Administrator via email at: email@example.com.