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Deconstruction Ordinance Effective October 31, 2016

July 12, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268

Deconstruction Ordinance Effective October 31, 2016

Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource. The new deconstruction requirements become effective October 31, 2016. As we draw closer to the implementation date, we will share more information about how deconstruction requirements will be coordinated with the permit application/approval process.

Deconstruction is a method for removing structures that keeps valuable materials out of the landfill, protects health, creates pathways to construction careers and generates affordable reusable building materials.

Earth Advantage and the Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA) will offer training and certification in deconstruction beginning the week of July 18, 2016. The first training and certification is for contractors. A second training, later this fall, will focus on developing the skills needed to work on a deconstruction site. Information on training can be found here.

Visit the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s News Release for more detail about deconstruction in the City of Portland.

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