Residential structures program update: HB 2737 (small homes)

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HB 2737 (small houses) Informational Public Hearing


HB 2737 (2017) requires an amendment to the state building code to allow sleeping lofts with ladder access in small homes. The division is requesting comment on a new draft proposal to implement HB 2737.

The division previously sent a request for comment with a different draft proposal to create an affordable workforce housing code on Nov. 29, 2017. Subsequently, the division received significant public comment at the Nov. 30, 2017, meeting of the Residential and Manufactured Structures Board. That feedback included concerns about the square footage scope of the proposal and concerns about changing energy efficiency requirements to address the affordability of workforce housing.

Based on the public comments received and the recommendations of board members, the division has drafted a new proposal. The proposal allows a sleeping loft in a home of any size, and includes standards to address fire safety concerns presented by sleeping lofts. The proposal also allows ladders and alternating tread devices to access a sleeping loft in homes up to 600 square feet.

The division is holding an informational public hearing on the same date as previously noticed (Dec. 12, 2017), but is now asking for feedback on the new draft proposal.

Opportunity for public input:

Those who would like to provide testimony should attend an informational public hearing on Dec.12, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. The hearing will be located at the Building Codes Division, Conference Room A. Get Directions

Written comments may also be submitted to Richard Baumann, Rules Coordinator, at, or to P.O. Box 14470, Salem, OR  97309-0404.

The last day to submit written comments is 5:00 p.m. Dec. 15, 2017.

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