BCD Newsletter October 2016

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The Building Codes Division (BCD) has launched the review process for three Oregon specialty codes electrical, plumbing, and residential – in preparation for final code adoption next year. The 45-day period to submit code amendment proposals for the 2017 Oregon Residential Specialty Code and 2017 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code closed Sept. 14. Proposals regarding the 2017 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code will be accepted through Oct. 15.

Proposed amendments to each code will first be reviewed by a committee of individuals (one for each code) appointed by the corresponding board. Committees will tentatively meet in November. Each committee will recommend code amendments to its board; each board will then make recommendations to BCD. The division will thoroughly analyze proposed amendments to ensure its public policy goals are achieved. The public will have an opportunity to comment on code amendments at board and committee meetings, and during the rulemaking stage. The 2017 codes will become effective Oct. 1, 2017; visit the links above to register to receive email updates regarding their progress.

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Renew Oregon inspector, code certifications by Nov. 1

Certified inspectors are reminded to renew their Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) and code certifications by Tuesday, Nov. 1. Certifications are renewed every three years. Renewal notices were mailed in late July; the notice identified each individual's certifications that were eligible for renewal (including certifications that were converted from nationally recognized certifications to Oregon certifications). Notices also identified certifications that required individuals to complete a code change class prior to renewal. "Make up" code change classes were held in September. The most convenient way to renew your certifications is through the division's online renewal system. For general information about inspector certification renewals and Oregon code certifications, click here or call our licensing section at 503-373-1268.

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New ePermitting scheduling app available for Android phones

It's here! An ePermitting scheduling app is now available for Android phones and other Android devices from the Google Play store. Contractors and other customers who use Oregon's ePermitting system will find the app helpful when searching for permits or scheduling inspections. The ePermitting program launched a scheduling app for Apple devices in 2015, followed by the Android app earlier this year. Both are free. Visit the Google Play store to download the Android version.

Did you know? Thirty-one percent of building permits issued in Oregon in 2015 were processed through the state's ePermitting portal. More than 55 cities and counties use the statewide service. It enables contractors and homeowners to purchase permits, submit building plans, and schedule inspections online 24/7. Learn more at www.buildingpermits.oregon.gov

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Recently adopted rules and laws

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Proposed rule

Oregon Electrical Specialty Code Changes - this proposed rule provides relief to electrical contractors who have delays when attempting to energize temporary service equipment. A public hearing is scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18. The public comment period ends Oct. 21. A temporary rule was filed Sept. 7. The proposed permanent rule would become effective Nov. 1, 2016.