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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Seismic Retrofit Project

MISSION: To protect Portland residents from the danger posed by the city's over 1,650 unreinforced masonry (URMs) buildings in an earthquake.


ANNOUNCEMENTS: On October 10, Portland City Council voted to require plaques on unreinforced masonry buildings and notify tenants. Information about the ordinance is available on the Portland Bureau of Development Services website - https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/697998.


TIMELINE AND EVENTS:

  • October 10, 2018: Portland City Council passed an ordinance requiring placards on URM buildings.
  • June 13, 2018: Portland City Council passed a resolution providing guidance to City staff on developing a mandatory seismic retrofit policy for URM buildings. Click here to watch the full Council meeting. The URM discussion begins at the 03:03:30 mark.
  • December 2017: The URM Policy Committee issued a final report.
  • December 2015: The URM Retrofit Support Committee issued a final report.
  • April 2015: The URM Retrofit Standards Committee issued a final report.

Questions? Email urms@portlandoregon.gov or contact 503-823-3739.


Get Involved

Here's how to get involved with the unreinforced masonry building project and provide feedback.

Why Are We Focusing On URMs?

Background on why the City of Portland is working on a mandatory seismic retrofit policy for unreinforced masonry buildings.

URM Building Locator

Click to be redirected to a searchable map and database of Portland URM buildings.