News Updates - March 25, 2009
Working with electronic permitting
The division has received a number of questions about how the Quick Permits system works with the traditional
permit requirements. Jurisdictions have inquired about inspecting when online permits only have the contractor's
name, rather than their signature. Statute (ORS 455.097) allows the division
to waive conflicting requirements for electronic permitting. Usually, a permit is required to be signed by
the applicant, and in the case of electrical permits, they must be signed by the signing supervisor prior
to inspection. Because the Quick Permits system was designed to allow contractors to start work right away,
the system gives a contractor an "authorization" to begin work.
Quick Permits automatically verifies contractor and electrical signing supervisor information before it issues
the authorization. The jurisdiction relies on that signature verification when issuing the permit. On ePermits
the printed names on the permit are considered the signatures. These printed names of the contractor and signing
supervisor, if needed, must be on the permit just like a written signature on a standard permit.
Rule review by the Electrical and Elevator Board
The Electrical and Elevator Board will review two rules at its March 26 meeting: the interim amendments to
the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) relating to critical operating power systems, specifically Article
708, and the general supervising electrician rule. The February 11, 2009 newsletter briefly summarized
the division's proposed amendment to the OESC Article 708 (COPS). The division conducted a rulemaking hearing
and will bring the revised proposed amendment back to the board for their review. The proposed amendment clarifies
the authority to designate an area as requiring a critical operations power system and removes provisions
of the Article that fall outside the scope of the OESC. This amendment will go into effect April 1, 2009.
The board will also review proposed amendments to the general supervising electrician rule, 918-282-0140.
The division was asked to clarify the responsibilities of a general supervising electrician. The rule does
not change the responsibilities of a general supervising electrician. It clarifies that a general supervising
electrician who fails to live up to their responsibilities under the rule may be subject to penalties, up
to and including revocation of their license. We anticipate a public hearing in May, if the board approves
the rule to go forward to hearing.
Mid-cycle amendment proposals
The Building Codes Division will soon begin accepting mid-cycle code amendment proposals affecting the Oregon
Residential, Electrical, and Plumbing Specialty Codes. Solicitation for code proposals will begin in the next
few weeks. Mid-cycle amendment proposals are limited to those addressing emerging issues, potential fire or
life safety risks, or correcting code provisions that are unclear or conflicting. The public will have 30
days to submit proposals to the division. The division will review the proposals and forward them to the appropriate
boards for their review. The anticipated effective date for amendments is October 1, 2009, halfway through
these three code cycles.
All proposals must be submitted to the division in writing. The division has provided a form that includes
the code amendment proposal criteria.
If you have questions please contact:
Richard Rogers, Structural Program Chief at 503-378-4472 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Clements, Electrical Program Chief at 503-378-4459 or at email@example.com
Terry Swisher, Plumbing Program Chief at 503-373-7488 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
New pages on BCD Web site
There have been several changes on the BCD Web site. We have added a page for the Green
Building Services section of the division. The page is filled with helpful information, such as handy
links to the Oregon Smart Guides on water conservation, the Statewide Alternate Methods (SAMs) that deal with
green building issues, classes available on green building sponsored by BCD, and current projects the section
is working on.
Take a look at the commercial code program
and state inspection services pages. You will see new formatting
that makes it easier to find what you need. We are planning to use this new format to update all of our program
pages. Keep an eye out for other changes to the BCD Web site and let us know what you think about the new
look. You can contact Sherri West at 503-373-7509 or email@example.com
with any questions about our Web pages.
Electrical program delegated to Clatskanie
The division has approved Clatskanie's request for delegation of the electrical program.
ePermitting contractors receive introductory information
On March 25, 2009 almost 600 contractors currently using Quick Permits received information providing an overview
of the new ePermitting basic services system that is scheduled to go live on April 29. The information talks
about the added services provided to contractors with the new system, such as the secure login, access to
the complete history of any permit or application entered into ePermitting, and the ability to save an application
to continue later. The new ePermitting basic services will continue to offer the same types of permits currently
offered through Quick Permits. The information
sheet, with its question and answer format, may help with some of your questions.
Currently, 33 cities and counties are participating in the Quick Permits system. All current participants
will automatically migrate to the new system in April.
Not a member of the current Quick Permits system, but interested in participating in the basic services being
offered in April? Contact Lori Graham at 503-373-7755 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.