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DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND BUSINESS SERVICES,
BUILDING CODES DIVISION

 

DIVISION 98

CERTIFICATION RULES

918-098-1000

Purpose and Scope

(1) These rules establish minimum training, experience, certification, and certification renewal requirements for building officials and persons who perform specialty code plan review and inspections in this state.

(a) The certification requirements for commercial plumbing and electrical inspectors are located in OAR 918-695-0400 through 918-695-0410 and 918-281-0000 through 918-281-0020.

(b) Plan review and inspections required under the Oregon Reach Code are to be performed by individuals certified under these rules, OAR chapter 918, division 281, or chapter 918, division 695 to conduct plan review or inspections for the specialty code under which the particular Reach Code provision is regulated.

(2) Nothing in these rules is intended to allow a person to violate statute or rule or change certification and licensing requirements set forth in statute.

(3) Nothing in these rules prevents the director from waiving procedural requirements in the rare circumstance where substantial compliance is impracticable.

(4) Nothing in these rules prevents the director from pursuing actions under ORS 455.125, 455.127, 455.129, 455.740, 455.895 or these rules.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.500 & 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 446.250, 455.500, 455.622 & 455.720
Hist.: BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 18-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 20-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-12-11 thru 12-31-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 34-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12; BCD 1-2013(Temp), f. 2-1-13, cert. ef. 2-2-13 thru 7-31-13; Administrative correction, 8-21-13; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1005

Definitions

As used in OAR chapter 918, division 098, unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) “A-level Structures” means structures regulated by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code that require a state fire and life safety plan review or are required to be designed by an Oregon licensed architect or engineer pursuant to ORS Chapter 671.

(2) “B-level Structures” means structures regulated by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code that do not require a state fire and life safety plan review and are not required to be designed by an Oregon licensed architect or engineer pursuant to ORS Chapter 671.

(3) “Building Inspection Technology” means an approved curriculum meeting the requirements of OAR 918-098-1420.

(4) “Code-Change Course” means a continuing education course that addresses changes to specialty codes, code standards, interpretations and alternate methods or administrative rules addressing code.

(5) “Commercial” means structures regulated by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code.

(6) “Cross-Training Program” means a division approved residential, electrical or plumbing inspector on-the-job cross-training program and practical evaluation, established by the building official of a local jurisdiction, that meets the minimum training and education requirements established by the division.

(7) “Design” means professional, engineering or technical design of systems or components that requires computations, research or special knowledge.

(8) “Division” means the Building Codes Division.

(9) “Education Institution” is an institution accredited through a nationally recognized body and is usually governed by a local board and receives a state recognition.

(10) “Education Program” is a minimum two-year, or one-year focused building inspection technology program administered by an education institution.

(11) “International Code Council certification” means a certification issued by the International Code Council demonstrating that an individual has passed a specific International Code Council certification examination.

(12) “Nationally Recognized Certification Body” means a body or organization that provides formal recognition that a person possesses minimum knowledge of a recognized code.

(13) “High Priority Training” means periodic continuing education training identified by the division that addresses new technologies or specific problem areas identified by the division.

(14) “Oregon Code Certification” means a certification issued by the division for:

(a) Building Official;

(b) Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner;

(c) A-Level Structural Plans Examiner;

(d) B-Level Structural Plans Examiner;

(e) Residential or One-and-Two Family Dwelling Plans Examiner;

(f) Residential or One-and-Two Family Dwelling Structural Inspector;

(g) A-Level Structural Inspector;

(h) A-Level Mechanical Inspector;

(i) B-Level Structural Inspector;

(j) B-Level Mechanical Inspector;

(k) Residential or One-and-Two Family Dwelling Mechanical Inspector;

(l) Electrical Specialty Code Inspector;

(m) Residential or One-and-Two Family Dwelling Electrical Inspector;

(n) Plumbing Specialty Code Inspector;

(o) Residential or One-and-Two Family Dwelling Plumbing Inspector;

(p) Limited Plumbing Inspector – Building Sewers;

(q) Manufactured Structure Construction Inspector;

(r) Manufactured Structure Installation Inspector;

(s) Recreational Vehicle Inspector Certification; and

(t) Park and Camp Inspector.

(15) “Oregon Inspector Certification” means a certification issued by the division demonstrating that a person has passed a division-approved examination that covers Oregon laws and regulations relating to state building codes including, but not limited to, architectural barrier laws governing accessibility to buildings by disabled persons.

(16) “Practical Experience Evaluation” means a division-approved process that may include, but is not limited to field training or evaluation to determine the skill and knowledge of a person by the division for the purposes of certification.

(17) “Recognized Code” means a regulatory document enforced by one or more state or local governments that prescribes minimum standards for building materials and construction methods of buildings or structures and building service equipment including plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems.

(18) “Residential Structures” means a structure regulated by the “Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code” as defined by ORS 455.010.

(19) “Specialized Inspector” means a person authorized to enforce all or portions of the specialty codes.

(20) “Year of Experience” means 2,000 hours of documented experience.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.715, 455.720, 455.723 & 455.732
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.715, 455.720, 455.723 & 455.732
Hist.: BCA 16-1992, f. & cert. ef. 8-11-92; BCD 23-1996(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-21-96; BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; Renumbered from 918-099-0220; BCD 15-1997, f. 9-30-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; BCD 38-2000, f. 12-29-00, cert. ef. 1-1-01; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0010; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0010; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 18-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1010

Certification Requirements

(1) Unless otherwise stated in this rule, every person who performs building official duties, building code inspections, or plan reviews must possess a valid Oregon Inspector Certification and either:

(a) A valid appropriate Oregon Code Certification for the work being performed, or

(b) A valid appropriate International Code Council certification for the work being performed and the minimum level of experience as follows:

(A) Two years of construction or inspection-related experience or its equivalent;

(B) An approved one year inspection-related education program and one year of construction or inspection-related experience;

(C) A degree from an approved two year inspection-related education program or its equivalent; or

(D) Be a registered Oregon architect, a certified Oregon professional engineer, or have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in architecture or civil or structural engineering.

(2) Notwithstanding section (1)(b) of this rule, a person may perform the duties of a building official provided the person:

(a) Has a valid Oregon Inspector Certification;

(b) Passes the International Code Council Certified Building Official Legal Management examination within six months of hire; and

(c) Completes a division-approved training course for building officials within six months of hire.

(3) If a certified building official is appointed by the municipality to perform duties as a building official on or after April 1, 2014, the person must complete a division-approved training course for building officials within six months of appointment.

(4) Plan review certification is not required for individuals reviewing one- and two-family dwelling permit applications for the following:

(a) First floor decks attached to a dwelling that:

(A) Extend not more than 12 feet from the dwelling but not closer than three feet to a property line;

(B) Are not more than 8 feet above grade;

(C) Will not exceed a 70 PSF live load and not a combined live and dead load of 80 PSF; and

(D) Are not in excess of a 2 horizontal 1 vertical ground slope.

(b) Car ports with a single slope that:

(A) Have a rafter span extending not more than 12 feet from a dwelling;

(B) Are attached to the dwelling for the full length not to exceed 30 feet;

(C) Have a maximum overhang of two feet that is not closer than three feet to a property line; and

(D) Will not exceed a combined 80 PSF live and dead load.

(c) Patio covers that:

(A) Have a single slope roof;

(B) Have a rafter span extending not more than 12 feet from the dwelling;

(C) Are attached to the dwelling the full length not to exceed 30 feet;

(D) Have a maximum overhang of two feet that is not closer than three feet to a property line; and

(E) Will not exceed a combined 80 PSF live and dead load.

(d) Fences not greater than 8 feet in height.

(e) Garage conversions as an accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling with no new cut openings in the existing wall.

(f) Window, door, or bathroom remodels where there are no load-bearing or lateral-bracing wall penetrations.

(g) Pole or manufactured steel structures with a maximum of 3,000 square feet that:

(A) Have a maximum 14-foot eave height;

(B) Are not closer than three feet to the property line and at least 6 feet from all other buildings on the same lot; and

(C) Fully engineered, including foundation where applicable.

(h) Mechanical equipment for the purposes of determining setback requirements have been met.

(5) Plan review certification is not required for individuals reviewing permit applications for buildings or structures that have plans and specifications provided by the department or a municipality ORS 455.062.

(6) The building official is responsible for ensuring that persons performing permit reviews under this section utilize a division-approved checklist to perform reviews.

(7) The building official may determine based on unusual features, characteristics or other complicating circumstances that a certified individual must review a permit application.

(8) Where a jurisdiction routinely performs permit reviews for a type of project determined by the building official to be similar in complexity to the types of projects listed in sections (4) and (5) of this rule, the building official may submit a checklist to the division for approval. If approved, the jurisdiction may utilize the checklist in the same manner as section (6).

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.030, 455.055, 455.062, 455.110, 455.720 & 455.730
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.030, 455.055, 455.062, 455.110, 455.720 & 455
Hist.: BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 18-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 7-2013(Temp), f. 7-26-13, cert. ef. 8-1-13 thru 12-31-13; BCD 9-2013, f. 12-16-13, cert. ef. 1-1-14; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1012

Scope Of Work Allowed For Persons With An Oregon Inspector Certification and an International Code Council Certification

(1) Individuals meeting the experience requirement in OAR 918-098-1010 who possess a valid Oregon Inspector Certification and a current International Code Council certification may perform work based on the type of International Code Council Certification they possess.

(2) A Certified Building Official Legal/Management may oversee a jurisdiction’s administration and enforcement of the state building code for those specialty codes assumed by the jurisdictions pursuant to ORS 455.148 or 455.150. Building officials may not perform plan reviews or inspections unless they possess the appropriate certification for the type of plan review or inspection being performed.

(a) Commercial Building Inspector certificate holders may conduct construction inspections for:

(A) All work regulated by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code; and

(B) Structural work on townhouse structures, rowhouse structures, and apartment buildings regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code.

(b) Commercial Building Plans Examiner certificate holders may review construction plans for:

(A) Compliance with the provisions of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code and Oregon Fire Code, except the fire and life safety plan review provisions for structures required to receive a state fire and life safety plan review; and

(B) Fire and life safety construction on townhouse structures, rowhouse structures, and apartment buildings regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code.

(c) Commercial Fire Plans Examiner certificate holders who also have the Commercial Building Plans Examiner Certificate may review construction plans for compliance with the fire and life safety plan review provisions of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code and the Oregon Fire Code.

(d) A Commercial Mechanical Inspector certificate holder may conduct construction inspections and may review construction plans for:

(A) All work regulated by the Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code; and

(B) Mechanical work on townhouse structures, rowhouse structures and apartment buildings regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code.

(e) A Residential Building Inspector certificate holder may conduct construction inspections and plan reviews for:

(A) Structural work regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, except apartment buildings; and

(B) Construction work on manufactured structures and accessory buildings and structures regulated under the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code, the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500, or the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards in 24 CFR 3280 and 24 CFR 3282. Construction work does not include the scope of work described in OAR 918-098-1305.

(f) A Residential Mechanical Inspector certificate holder may conduct inspections and plan reviews for:

(A) Mechanical work regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, except for apartment buildings; and

(B) Mechanical work on manufactured dwelling alterations under the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code and the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720 & 455.730
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720 & 455.730
Hist.: BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 13-2007, f. 12-28-07 cert. ef. 1-1-08; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10

918-098-1015

Scope of Work Allowed for Persons with an Oregon Inspector Certification and Oregon Code Certifications

Persons who possess a valid Oregon Inspector Certification and a valid Oregon Code Certification may perform inspections and plan reviews based on the class designated on their certificate. The classes, other than electrical and plumbing inspector classifications found in OAR 918-281-0020 and 918-695-0400, are:

(1) Building Official. Persons certified as an Oregon Building Official may oversee jurisdictions' administration and enforcement of the state building code for those specialty codes assumed by the jurisdiction pursuant to ORS 455.148 or 455.150. Building officials may not perform plan reviews or inspections unless they possess the appropriate certification for the plan review or inspection being performed.

(2) Fire and Life Safety. Persons certified as fire and life safety plans examiners may review construction plans for compliance with the fire and life safety plan review provisions of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code and the Oregon Fire Code for any structure regulated by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code.

(3) A-Level.

(a) Persons certified as A-level structural plans examiners may:

(A) Review construction plans for compliance with the provisions of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code and Oregon Fire Code for all work regulated by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code, except the fire and life safety plan review provisions for structures required to receive a state fire and life safety plan review; and

(B) Review construction plans for work that falls within the B-level structural plans examiner classification.

(b) Persons certified as A-level structural inspectors:

(A) Conduct construction inspections of all work regulated by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code; and

(B) Conduct inspections of work that falls within the B-level structural inspector classification.

(c) Persons certified as A-level mechanical inspectors may:

(A) Conduct construction inspections and may review construction plans for all work regulated by the Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code; and

(B) Conduct inspections and review construction plans for work that falls within the B-level mechanical inspector classification.

(4) B-Level.

(a) Persons certified as B-level structural plans examiners may review construction plans for compliance with the provisions of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code and Oregon Fire Code for work regulated by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code, except:

(A) Work in structures required to receive a state fire and life safety plan review; and

(B) Work in structures required to be designed by an Oregon registered architect or certified professional engineer pursuant to ORS chapter 671.

(b) Persons certified as B-level structural inspectors may conduct construction inspections of work regulated by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code, except:

(A) Work in structures required to receive a state fire and life safety plan review; and

(B) Work in structures required to be designed by an Oregon registered architect or certified professional engineer pursuant to ORS chapter 671.

(c) Persons certified as B-level mechanical inspectors may conduct construction inspections of work regulated by the Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code, except:

(A) Work in structures required to receive a state fire and life safety plan review; and

(B) Work in structures required to be designed by an Oregon registered architect or certified professional engineer pursuant to ORS chapter 671.

(d) Persons certified as B-level structural plans examiners, B-level structural inspectors, or B-level mechanical inspectors:

(A) May qualify to be certified to review construction plans or conduct inspections of structures regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code; and

(B) May not be authorized to review construction plans or conduct inspections of structures that are outside the B-level classification without first obtaining the appropriate certification.

(5) One and two family dwelling or residential.

(a) Persons certified as one and two family dwelling or residential:

(A) Structural inspectors may conduct construction inspections of structural work regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, and manufactured structures and manufactured structure accessory buildings and structures under the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code, the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500, or the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards located in 24 CFR 3280 and 3282.

(B) Mechanical inspectors may conduct inspections for mechanical work regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, and manufactured dwellings under the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code, and the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500, or the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards located in 24 CFR 3280 and 3282.

(C) Plumbing inspectors may conduct inspections for:

(i) Plumbing work regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, and the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code, or the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500, or the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards located in 24 CFR 3280 and 3282; and

(ii) Any portion of a solar water heating system installation up to 180 gallons of storage tank capacity.

(D) Electrical inspectors may conduct inspections for:

(i) Electrical work regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, and the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code, or the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500, or the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards located in 24 CFR 3280 and 3282; and

(ii) Any portion of a solar PV installation up to 25 Kw.

(b) Persons certified as a one-and-two family dwelling plans examiners may review construction plans for compliance with provisions of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, and structures under the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code. The provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500, or the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards located in 24 CFR 3280 and 3282.

(c) Persons certified as a one and two family dwelling or residential inspectors and plans examiners may not be authorized to review construction plans or conduct inspections of either A-level or B-level structures without the required commercial A-level or B-level certification.

(d) See OAR 918-098-1325 for additional requirements of one and two family dwelling residential inspectors and plans examiners performing manufactured dwelling alteration inspections or plan reviews.

(e) See OAR 918-098-1330 for additional requirements of one and two family dwelling residential inspectors performing manufactured structure accessory structure or accessory building inspections.

(6) Specialized Solar Photo-Voltaic. Persons certified as a Specialized Solar PV inspector may conduct inspections of the structural and electrical systems for solar PV installations up to 25 Kw that follow the “prescriptive installation” provisions in section 305.4 of the Oregon Solar Installation Specialty Code.

(7) Plumbing inspectors certified under OAR 918-695-0400 may, in addition to any other authority, inspect any portion of a solar water heating system installation up to 180 gallons of storage tank capacity. This rule does not apply to limited or special plumbing inspectors.

(8) Electrical inspectors certified under OAR 918-281-0020 may, in addition to any other authority, inspect any portion of a solar PV installation up to 25 Kw.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: DC 24-1978, f. & ef. 9-1-78; DC 10-1980, f. & ef. 9-10-80; DC 4-1983, f. & ef. 1-12-83; Renumbered from 814-003-0065; BCA 16-1992, f. & cert. ef. 8-11-92; BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; Renumbered from 918-099-0065; BCD 15-1997, f. 9-30-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0060; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0060; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 13-2007, f. 12-28-07 cert. ef. 1-1-08; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1020

Expanded Scope of Work for Oregon A- or B-Level or Commercial Mechanical Inspectors

Unless stated otherwise within this rule, this rule is applied retroactively from July 1, 2010.

(1) Persons may conduct inspections of brazing or welding work related to the installation, alteration, or repair of refrigeration piping systems, except as regulated by the Oregon Boiler and Pressure Vessel Program under OAR chapter 918, division 225.

(2) To perform work under section (1) of this rule, these persons must successfully complete a training program in accordance with either Section IX, "Welding and Brazing Qualification" of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, or AWS B2.2, "Standard for Brazing Procedure and Performance Qualification" administered by a division-approved organization.

(3) Inspector certification for refrigeration piping in residential structures is not required.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: BCD 2-2001, f. 2-2-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0900; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0900; Renumbered from 918-098-1080, BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1025

Oregon Inspector Certification and Oregon Code Certification Application Process; Testing Procedures

Unless stated otherwise within this rule, this rule is applied retroactively from July 1, 2010.

(1)(a) All persons who seek certification to perform the duties of a building official, inspector, or plans examiner must apply for the Oregon Inspector Certification as follows:

(A) Submit a division-approved application with the $125 fee; and

(B) Successfully pass the Oregon Inspector Certification examination.

(b) Applicants for an Oregon Inspector Certification who fail the examination may reapply under this section to retest for a fee of $80.

(2) Persons applying for an Oregon Code Certification under these rules, or under OAR 918-281-0020 and 918-695-0400 must:

(a) Submit a division-approved application demonstrating appropriate experience, as defined in OAR chapter 918, division 281, 695, or these rules;

(b) Pay the $80.00 fee; and

(c) Successfully pass the appropriate Oregon Code Certification exam.

(3) Applicants for an Oregon Code Certification who fail the examination may reapply under section (2) of this rule to retest. Applicants may not retake the test for 30 days after each failed attempt.

(4) If an applicant fails to take the Oregon Inspector Certification exam or the Oregon Code Certification exam within 60 days of being approved to do so, the applicant must re-apply under section (1) or (2) of this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1028

Oregon Inspector Certification Renewal Process

Effective July 1, 2010:

(1) All Oregon Inspector Certifications expire on November 1, 2010 and every three years thereafter.

(2)(a) Oregon Inspector Certification renewals must be completed on or prior to the certification expiration date by:

(A) Completing the renewal form;

(B) Completing all continuing education requirements; and

(C) Paying the certification renewal fee of $125 for a three year term.

(b) A certification not renewed on or prior to the certification expiration date is expired.

(3) The division mails one renewal notification to the last known address of the licensee at least 45 days prior to certification expiration. It is the responsibility of the certification holder to notify the division of a change of address.

(4)(a) An expired certification may be reinstated up to 5 years from the certification expiration date by:

(A) Completing the reinstatement form;

(B) Completing all continuing education requirements; and

(C) Paying the certification renewal fee of $125.

(b) A certification expired for more than 5 years from the certification expiration may not be reinstated and requires application as provided in OAR 918-098-1025(1).

(5) Anyone with an Oregon Code Certification issued prior to October 1, 2005, who does not already possess an Oregon Inspector Certification, will be issued an Oregon Inspector Certification without fee or testing requirements. This certification will expire on November 1, 2010 and must be renewed according to section (2) of this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

Residential Certification

918-098-1210

Residential Plumbing Inspectors

(1) A person possessing an Oregon "One and Two Family Dwelling Plumbing Inspector" certification is considered a "Residential Plumbing Inspector" for the purpose of these rules.

(2) A person issued a residential plumbing inspector certification must also possess a valid Oregon Inspector Certification issued under OAR 918-098-1025 prior to performing residential plumbing inspections.

(3) A residential plumbing inspector may conduct inspections for:

(a) Plumbing work regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, and where connection to the building is not a separate plumbing system;

(b) Plumbing work on manufactured dwellings, manufactured structure accessory buildings and structures under the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code and the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500 or the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards located in 24 CFR 3280 and 3282; and

(c) Any portion of a solar water heating system installation up to 180 gallons of storage tank capacity.

(4) To qualify to perform work as a residential plumbing inspector, individuals must demonstrate compliance with at least one of the following minimum experience, education, or training requirements:

(a) A valid division certification as an Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code inspector; or

(b) Two years of experience designing or installing plumbing systems as a journeyman plumber or its equivalent; or

(c) 2 years of experience as a plumbing inspector in another jurisdiction inspecting plumbing systems in commercial or residential structures for compliance with a recognized code for plumbing installations; or

(d) 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours education and training in mechanical engineering, which includes designing and installing plumbing systems, through a college or community college; or

(e) Valid division certification as a one and two family dwelling or residential inspector under one or more provisions of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, and:

(A) 1 year of experience administering and enforcing another provision of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code; and

(B) Confirmation by the building official of the jurisdiction that employs the applicant that the applicant has completed a one and two family dwelling or residential plumbing inspector cross-training program that meets the minimum requirements established by the division.

(f) Any combination of experience designing, installing, or inspecting plumbing systems totaling 3 years.

(5) Persons certified by a nationally recognized certification body to inspect plumbing systems in commercial or residential structures according to a recognized code in plumbing installations may be granted 1 year of credit toward the experience requirements listed in subsections (4)(b) and (c) of this rule.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.622
Hist.: BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; BCD 38-2000, f. 12-29-00, cert. ef. 1-1-01; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0220; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0220; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1215

Residential Electrical Inspectors

(1) A person possessing an Oregon "One and Two Family Dwelling Electrical Inspector" certification is considered a "Residential Electrical Inspector" for the purpose of these rules.

(2) A person issued a residential electrical inspector certification must also possess a valid Oregon Inspector Certification issued under OAR 918-098-1025 prior to performing residential electrical inspections.

(3) Residential electrical inspectors may conduct inspections for:

(a) Electrical work regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code;

(b) Electrical work on manufactured dwellings, manufactured structure accessory buildings and structures under the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code and the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500 or the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards located in 24 CFR 3280 and 3282; and

(c) Any portion of a solar PV installation up to 25 Kw.

(4) To qualify to perform work as a residential electrical inspector, individuals must demonstrate compliance with at least one of the following minimum experience, education, or training requirements:

(a) A valid division certification as an Oregon Electrical Specialty Code inspector; or

(b) 2 years of experience installing electrical systems as a limited residential journeyman electrician or a general journeyman electricians license or their respective equivalents; or

(c) 2 years of experience as an electrical inspector in another jurisdiction inspecting electrical installations in commercial or residential structures for compliance with a recognized code for electrical installations; or

(d) 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours education and training in electrical engineering, which includes designing and installing electrical systems, through a college or community college; or

(e) Valid division certification as a one and two family dwelling or residential inspector under one or more provisions of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, and:

(A) 1 year of experience administering and enforcing another provision of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code; and

(B) Confirmation by the division that an applicant has completed a one and two family dwelling or residential electrical inspector cross-training program that meets the minimum requirements established by the division.

(f) Any combination of experience or education listed in subsections (a) through (d) of this section designing, installing, or inspecting electrical systems totaling 3 years.

(5) Persons certified by a nationally recognized certification body to inspect electrical installations in commercial or residential structures according to a recognized code in electrical installations may be granted 1 year of credit toward the experience requirements and may be considered as meeting some requirements of a division approved cross-training program, except the experience listed in subsections (4)(b) and (c) of this rule.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.622
Hist.: BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; BCD 38-2000, f. 12-29-00, cert. ef. 1-1-01; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0230; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0230; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1300

Certifications Related to Manufactured Structures and Parks

Unless stated otherwise within this rule, this rule is applied retroactively from July 1, 2010. Scope. The rules in OAR 918-098-1300 to 918-098-1330 relate to certifications for inspectors and plans examiners dealing with manufactured dwellings, recreational vehicles, manufactured dwelling parks, organizational camps, recreation parks, and picnic parks.

(1) A person issued a manufactured structure installation inspector, recreational vehicle inspector certification, manufactured structure construction inspector, or park and camp inspector certification must also possess a valid Oregon Inspector Certification issued under OAR 918-098-1025 prior to performing inspections.

(2) Hiring Non-Certified Persons. The division or a jurisdiction may employ a person not meeting the minimum requirements of OAR 918-098-1305 through 918-098-1320 while the person is being trained or waiting to qualify to take the division examination. During this period, the person may only perform inspections or plan reviews under the direct supervision of appropriately certified trainers. Training must be provided by an inspector or plans examiner having a minimum of three years experience in the same certification or a person approved by the board. This rule does not waive the requirements of ORS 455.730 or permit the division or jurisdiction to hire or use persons whose certifications have lapsed or been revoked.

(3) Inspectors and plans examiners of prefabricated structures do not require special certifications but must have the appropriate certifications required for performing inspections or plan reviews under the specific specialty code being used.

(4) Applicable definitions in OAR 918-098-1005 apply in addition to the following definitions that only apply to OAR 918-098-1300 through 918-098-1330:

(a) "Board" means the Residential and Manufactured Structures Board.

(b) "Building Construction," relating to experience qualifications, means site-built construction, prefabricated construction, or manufactured structure construction.

(c) "One Year," relating to experience qualifications, means 2,000 hours of work experience, 45 or more credit hours of schooling in the quarter system, or 30 or more credit hours of schooling in the semester system.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 446.250 & 455.720
Hist.: BCA 25-1990, f. & cert. ef. 10-17-90; BCD 13-1997, f. 9-18-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; Renumbered from 918-099-0130; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0300; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0300; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1305

Manufactured Structure Installation Inspector Certification

Unless stated otherwise within this rule, this rule is applied retroactively from July 1, 2010.

(1) Scope of Activities and Authority.

(a) A manufactured structure installation inspector conducts onsite field inspections of manufactured dwelling or park trailer installations including site preparation, setbacks, drainage, stand, foundation support, earthquake bracing systems, tie-downs, under-floor enclosures, access, egress, plumbing utility connections (within 30 lineal feet of the manufactured dwelling), mechanical connections and electrical feeder assembly connections (as defined by Article 550 of the National Electrical Code), electrical fixture connections, and plumbing, mechanical, and electrical crossover connections for manufactured structures under ORS 446.230 and 446.240;

(b) This certification does not include inspections or plan reviews of manufactured dwelling alterations or manufactured structure accessory structures and accessory buildings. See OAR 918-098-1325 and 918-098-1330 for certification requirements.

(c) This certification can be used only in a jurisdiction that:

(A) Meets all of the requirements of this rule and OAR 918-500-0055;

(B) Complies with ORS 446.250 and 446.253(2) relating to the delegation of full responsibility for permit issuance and inspections;

(C) Issues permits according to ORS 446.253; and

(D) Enforces the current edition of the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code, the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500, and all referenced standards contained therein.

(2) Procedure for Qualification. An applicant for certification under this rule must meet the general qualifications in section (3) of this rule, make application, pay the required fees, attend a division-approved training program, and pass a division-approved examination.

(3) Experience, Education, and Training Requirements. An applicant must have at least one of the following:

(a) 2 years of supervisory experience in the building construction industry; or

(b) 2 years of experience in design work related to building construction; or

(c) Hold a valid division certification as a building inspector or plans examiner; or

(d) 2 years of experience as a quality assurance inspector in a manufactured structure manufacturing plant; or

(e) 2 years of experience as an Oregon licensed manufactured dwelling installer; or

(f) An associate degree or equal from a division-approved education program in a construction-related field; or

(g) Any combination of the experience and education listed in subsections (a) through (f) of this section equaling at least 2 years; or

(h) A one year certificate of completion in building inspection technology from a division-approved education program and completion of 180 hours working under the supervision of a person with a minimum of three years experience as a certified manufactured structure installation inspector or a person approved by the board.

(4) Inspector Training and Examination. An applicant must successfully complete a division-approved manufactured structure installation inspector training program and pass a division-approved examination covering:

(a) The Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code, the provisions of OAR chapter 918, division 500, and those standards referenced therein;

(b) ORS 446.003, 446.155 to 446.253, and 446.395 to 446.420; and

(c) OAR chapter 918, divisions 500, 515, and 530.

(5) A Manufactured Structure Installation Inspector must also possess an Oregon Inspector Certification issued under OAR 918-098-1025 prior to performing inspections.

(6) Revocation. The division is authorized to revoke this certification under ORS 446.255. Persons certified under this rule who fail to meet the minimum continuing education requirements are subject to revocation. If the minimum continuing education is met within 60 days from the date it was originally due, the division may discontinue any pending revocation action based on a failure to meet minimum continuing education requirements.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 446.250, 446.255 & 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 446.250, 446.255 & 455.720
Hist.: BCA 25-1990, f. & cert. ef. 10-17-90; BCD 13-1997, f. 9-18-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; Renumbered from 918-099-0135; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0310; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0310; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1310

Recreational Vehicle Inspector Certification

Unless stated otherwise within this rule, this rule is applied retroactively from July 1, 2010.

(1) Scope of Activities and Authority. A recreational vehicle inspector conducts field, dealer lot, repair operation, alteration, visual and manufacturing plant inspections, reviews plans, and provides other technical services for recreational vehicle manufacturers, dealers, and owners in accordance with ORS 446.185 and 446.160(1).

(2) Procedure for Qualification. An applicant for certification under this rule must meet the general qualifications in section (3) of this rule, make application, pay the required fees, and pass a division-approved examination.

(3) Experience, Education, and Training Requirements. An applicant for certification as a recreational vehicle inspector must have at least one of the following:

(a) 2 years of experience as a supervisor in the building construction industry;

(b) 2 years of experience in design work related to building construction;

(c) 2 years of experience as a certified building inspector or plans examiner;

(d) 2 years of experience as a quality assurance inspector in a manufactured structure plant;

(e) 2 years of experience as a division-certified recreational vehicle quality assurance technician;

(f) 2 years of code-related experience as a recreational vehicle technician;

(g) An associate degree or equal from a division-approved education program in a construction-related field;

(h) Any combination of the experience and education listed in subsections (a) through (g) of this section equaling at least 2 years; or

(i) A one year certificate of completion in building inspection technology from a division-approved education program and completion of 800 hours working under the supervision of a person with a minimum of three years experience as a certified recreational vehicle inspector or a person approved by the board.

(4) Inspector Examination. An applicant for certification as a recreational vehicle inspector must pass a division-approved examination covering the following:

(a) American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.2 (1999 Edition);

(b) American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.5 (1998 Edition);

(c) National Electrical Code (NEC) NFPA 70 (2008 Edition);

(d) ORS 446.003 and 446.155 to 446.253; and

(e) OAR chapter 918, divisions 525 and 530.

(5) A Recreational Vehicle Inspector must also possess an Oregon Inspector Certification issued under OAR 918-098-1025 prior to performing inspections.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: BCA 25-1990, f. & cert. ef. 10-17-90; BCD 13-1997, f. 9-18-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; Renumbered from 918-099-0140; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0320; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0320; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1315

Manufactured Structure Construction Inspector Certification

Unless stated otherwise within this rule, this rule is applied retroactively from July 1, 2010.

(1) Scope of Activities and Authority. A manufactured structure construction inspector conducts field, dealer lot, consumer assistance, alteration, visual and manufacturing plant inspections, reviews plans, and provides technical services for manufactured dwelling manufacturers, dealers, and owners.

(2) Procedure for Qualification. An applicant for this certification must meet the general qualifications in section (3) of this rule, make application, pay the required fees, and pass a division-approved examination.

(3) Experience, Education, and Training Requirements. An applicant for certification as a manufactured structure construction inspector must have at least one of the following:

(a) 2 years of experience as a supervisor in the building construction industry;

(b) 2 years of experience in design work related to building construction;

(c) 2 years of experience as a certified building inspector or plans examiner;

(d) 2 years of experience as a quality control inspector in a manufactured structures plant;

(e) An associate degree or equal from a division-approved education program in a construction-related field; or

(f) Any combination of the experience and education listed in subsections (a) through (e) of this section equaling at least two years; or

(g) A one year certificate of completion in building inspection technology from a division-approved education program and completion of 800 hours working under the supervision of a person with a minimum of three years experience as a certified manufactured structure construction inspector or a person approved by the board.

(4) Inspector Examination. An applicant for certification as a manufactured structure construction inspector must pass a division-approved examination covering:

(a) Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code;

(b) National Electrical Code (NEC) NFPA 70 (2008 Edition);

(c) Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act;

(d) Public Law 93-383, Title VI;

(e) ORS 446.003 and 446.155 to 446.253; and

(f) OAR chapter 918, division 500.

(5) A Manufactured Structure Construction Inspector must also possess an Oregon Inspector Certification issued under OAR 918-098-1025 prior to performing inspections.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 446.250 & 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 446.250 & 455.720
Hist.: BCA 25-1990, f. & cert. ef. 10-17-90; BCD 13-1997, f. 9-18-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; Renumbered from 918-099-0145; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0330; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0330; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11 BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1320

Park and Camp Inspector Certification

Unless stated otherwise within this rule, this rule is applied retroactively from July 1, 2010.

(1) Scope of Activities and Authority.

(a) A park and camp inspector conducts field inspections, reviews plans, and provides other technical services for manufactured dwelling parks, recreational parks, organizational camps, and picnic parks under ORS 446.066 and 446.335.

(b) This certification can only be used in a jurisdiction that:

(A) Meets all of the requirements of this rule;

(B) Complies with ORS 446.430, 455.170, and 455.680 relating to the delegation of full responsibility for permit issuance and inspections; and

(C) Issues permits, enforces the current edition of ORS chapter 446, OAR chapter 918, divisions 600 and 650, and all referenced standards contained therein.

(2) Procedure for Qualification. An applicant for certification under this rule must meet the general qualifications in section (3) of this rule, make application, pay the required fees, and pass a division-approved examination.

(3) Experience, Education, and Training Requirements. An applicant for certification as a park and camp inspector must have at least one of the following:

(a) 2 years of experience as a supervisor in the building or road construction industry;

(b) 2 years of experience in design work related to building or road construction;

(c) 2 years of experience as a road construction inspector;

(d) 2 years of experience as a surveyor or landscape architect;

(e) 2 years of experience as a registered sanitarian;

(f) 2 years of experience as an Oregon licensed manufactured dwelling installer;

(g) A division certification as a building inspector or plans examiner;

(h) An associate degree or equal from a division-approved education program in a construction-related field; or

(i) Any combination of the experience and education listed in subsection (a) through (h) of this section equaling 2 years;

(j) A one year certificate of completion in building inspection technology from a division-approved education program and completion of 180 hours working under the supervision of a person with a minimum of three years experience as a certified park and camp inspector or a person approved by the board.

(4) Inspector Examination. An applicant for certification under this rule must pass a division-approved park and camp inspector certification examination covering:

(a) ORS 446.003 to 446.140, 446.310 to 446.350, 446.430, 455.170, and 455.680;

(b) OAR chapter 918, divisions 600 and 650; and

(c) 2002 Oregon Manufactured Dwelling and Park Specialty Code, Chapters 1, 2, 9, and 10.

(5) A Park and Camp Inspector must also possess an Oregon Inspector Certification issued under OAR 918-098-1025 prior to performing inspections.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: BCA 25-1990, f. & cert. ef. 10-17-90; BCD 13-1997, f. 9-18-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; Renumbered from 918-099-0150; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0340; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0340; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1325

Requirements for Alteration Inspection and Plan Review of Manufactured Dwellings

Unless stated otherwise within this rule, this rule is applied retroactively from July 1, 2010.

(1) Scope of Work. Manufactured dwelling alteration inspections and plan reviews include on-site field inspections of alterations including structural, fire and life safety, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical alterations made to manufactured dwellings after the initial sale of the home to the first consumer after all the terms of the sales contract have been met. Most alteration inspections made prior to this time are the responsibility of the division and must be performed by a certified manufactured structure construction inspector. All alteration inspections made to recreational vehicles and park trailers are the responsibility of the division and must be performed by a certified recreational vehicle inspector.

(2) Certifications. Inspectors of manufactured dwelling alterations are required to be certified by ORS 446.250. The division requires that persons performing inspections or plan reviews on manufactured dwelling alterations have:

(a) An Oregon Inspector Certification and the appropriate Oregon Code Certification under OAR 918-098-1015 for the Oregon Residential Specialty Code for the specific discipline being used; or

(b) An Oregon Inspector Certification and the appropriate ICC Residential Certification as described in OAR 918-098-1010.

(3) The requirement in section (2) is not applicable to alteration inspections performed on manufactured homes still under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), recreational vehicles, or park trailers.

(4) Authority. Inspectors and plans examiners of manufactured dwelling alterations may only inspect or review plans in a jurisdiction that has been delegated the manufactured dwelling alteration program and that:

(a) Complies with ORS 446.250 and 446.253(2) relating to the delegation of full responsibility for permit issuance and inspections;

(b) Issues permits and enforces the current edition of ORS chapter 446 and OAR chapter 918, divisions 500 and 520;

(c) Meets the requirements of OAR 918-500-0055 for delegation; and

(d) Enforces the current edition of the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code and all referenced standards contained therein.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 446.250 & 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 446.250 & 455.720
Hist.: BCD 13-1997, f. 9-18-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0350; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0350; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1330

Manufactured Structure Accessory Structure or Accessory Building Inspection

Unless stated otherwise within this rule, this rule is retroactive to July 1, 2010.

(1) Scope of Work. Manufactured structure accessory structure or accessory building inspections and plan reviews include on-site field inspections of installations of manufactured structure accessory structures and accessory buildings (i.e., carports, ramadas, cabanas, garages, storage sheds, awnings, decks, steps, and ramps).

(2) Certifications. Inspectors of manufactured structure accessory structures and accessory buildings are required to be certified by ORS 446.250. To satisfy this mandate, the division requires that persons performing inspections or plan reviews on manufactured structure accessory structures or accessory buildings have a valid Oregon Inspector Certification and the appropriate Oregon Code Certification under OAR 918-098-1015 or a valid Oregon Inspector Certification and the appropriate ICC Residential Certification as described in OAR 918-098-1010 for the Oregon Residential Specialty Code for the specific discipline being used.

(3) Authority. Inspectors of manufactured structure accessory structures and accessory buildings may only inspect or review plans in a jurisdiction that has been delegated the manufactured dwelling accessory structure and accessory building program and that:

(a) Complies with ORS 446.250 and 446.253(2) relating to the delegation of full responsibility for permit issuance and inspections;

(b) Complies with the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code and all referenced standards contained therein;

(c) Issues permits and enforces the current edition of ORS Chapter 446 and OAR chapter 918, division 500;

(d) Meets the requirements of OAR 918-500-0055 for delegation; and

(e) Enforces the current edition of the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code and all referenced standards contained therein.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 446.250 & 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 446.250 & 455.720
Hist.: BCD 13-1997, f. 9-18-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0360; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0360; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 1-2010, f. 3-1-10, cert. ef. 4-1-10; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1410

Cross-Training Programs for Residential Certifications

(1) A building inspection program that elects to administer, use or participate in a cross-training program for residential inspectors shall follow a division approved standardized cross-training program that can be used in any jurisdiction or submit the following information to the division:

(a) The names and copy of the certifications of the cross-training program supervisor and instructors;

(b) A description of the purpose and scope of the cross-training program;

(c) A description of the various training methods covering the Oregon Residential Specialty Code; and

(d) The method of evaluating whether a trainee has satisfactorily completed the cross-training program.

(2)The cross-training program supervisor or instructors shall:

(a) Possess an A-level or commercial certification and an Oregon Inspector certification in the program area the individual is responsible for supervising; and

(b) Shall maintain records of all trainees who participate in the residential plans examiner or inspector cross-training program.

(3) The division may monitor or inspect the records of residential cross-training programs on a periodic basis.

(4) A municipality may enroll its trainees in a division approved program sponsored by another jurisdiction or provided by a private entity or school. The jurisdiction, private entity, or school shall maintain records of all trainees who participate in the cross-training program.

(5) Cross-training programs must follow all applicable code-change cycles and the programs must be amended accordingly. Amendments shall be submitted in writing to the division for approval.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.622
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.622
Hist.: BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; BCD 15-1997, f. 9-30-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; BCD 38-2000, f. 12-29-00, cert. ef. 1-1-01; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0410; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0410; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06

918-098-1420

Education Program Requirements

(1) Educational institutes may submit a written application to the division for approval of their education program.

(2) Programs shall be resubmitted for review and approval every three years following initial approval.

(3) Class room and laboratory instructors shall possess an appropriate inspector certification for the specialty code area being taught.

(4) All class room and laboratory instruction shall be based on the specialty codes adopted by the division or the corresponding nationally recognized model codes.

(5) All classes shall be updated with the most recent adopted code-changes. Program amendments shall be submitted to the division for review and approval.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0420; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0420

918-098-1430

Timeline for Education Program Approval

(1) To be approved for a school year beginning in September, new education programs shall be submitted to the division by June 1 of the prior year for review.

(2) The division shall request any needed additional information by July 1.

(3) The education institution shall submit requested information by August 1.

(4) The division shall issue program approval or disapproval by October 1 for programs for the following calendar year.

(5) Updated programs based on new code adoptions or code-changes shall be submitted to the division for approval within 30 days of the effective date of the code adoption or code-change.

(6) Education programs submitted for the three-year review and re-approval shall follow the timeline in this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: BCD 15-1997, f. 9-30-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0425; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0425

918-098-1440

Approval of Inspector Continuing Education and Educational Programs

(1) Applications for approval of continuing education and educational programs must be filed at least 45 days prior to the date of the proposed class or beginning date of training. The 45-day period or any other procedural rule controlling these programs may be waived if the administrator determines there is an emergency.

(2) The application must describe the course objectives, qualifications for entry into the course, course content, materials to be used, length of class, field time if applicable, and instructor names and qualifications.

(3) Where continuing education credits are sought, the application must show the number of credits sought for the course and provide justification.

(4) Instructors approved by the division to teach code-change courses shall be granted the same number of continuing education credit hours as those attending the course.

(5) Persons or organizations requesting reimbursement from the division training funds for education programs must have a valid contract with the division or specific written approval from the division at the time of course offering.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.725
Hist.: BCA 16-1992, f. & cert. ef. 8-11-92; BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; Renumbered from 918-099-0500; BCD 15-1997, f. 9-30-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0430; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0430; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07

918-098-1450

Continuing Education Requirements

(1) When the division determines that a code change requires training for individuals to maintain their Oregon Inspector Certification they must complete division-approved continuing education.

(2) Required continuing education courses are established by the division on a periodic basis. The division will provide notification of code change classes and other required classes through the division website. Persons certified under ORS Chapter 455 must take all continuing education in a timely manner in order to remain certified.

(3) Inspectors, including plans examiners, must complete a division-approved code change course related to the scope of work allowed under each certification and all other high priority training determined necessary by the division.

(4) Persons charged by a municipality with the responsibility for administration and enforcement of the state building code as the building official must complete a division-approved course covering administration and enforcement of a building inspection program and new legislation when required. Any person in an “acting” capacity to cover building official duties must also complete this course.

(5) The division may periodically verify that a person is maintaining and recording their continuing education.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.715, 455.720, 455.723 & 455.732
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.715, 455.720, 455.723 & 455.732
Hist.: BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 6-2010, f. 5-14-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BCD 7-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-11-11; BCD 24-2011, f. 7-26-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1455

High Priority Training

In addition to the continuing education requirements in 918-098-1450, the division may require building officials, inspectors, and plans examiners to take high priority training when the division identifies new technologies or specific problem areas.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05

918-098-1460

Waiver of Continuing Education Requirements Due to Hardship or Illness

The administrator may extend the period to comply with code-change continuing education requirements in case of hardship or illness. Requests for extension shall:

(1) Be in writing;

(2) Describe the nature of the hardship or illness and the reason why the applicant is unable to comply with the continuing education requirements; and

(3) State when the person will be able to complete the continuing education requirements.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: BCA 16-1992, f. & cert. ef. 8-11-92; BCA 33-1993, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-93; BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; Renumbered from 918-099-0630; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0470; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0470

918-098-1470

Duties and Responsibilities of Certified Building Officials, Inspectors, and Plans Examiners

(1) Persons who hold an Oregon Inspector Certification or an Oregon Code Certification must act in the public interest in performing their duties as a building official, inspector, or plans examiner, including but not limited to:

(a) Obtaining and maintaining any appropriate national or Oregon Code Certification prior to performing their duties;

(b) Not performing any inspections or plan reviews without holding the appropriate valid certification for the inspection or plan review being performed;

(c) Completing all required continuing education requirements and maintaining records of completion of continuing education courses required for each national and Oregon certification sufficient to demonstrate compliance with OAR 918-098-1450;

(d) Enforcing all appropriate building code statutes, and rules adopted thereunder, including but not limited to specialty codes, including statewide code interpretations, directives, orders, or other building program requirements and allowing the use of alternate method rulings;

(e) Assisting the division in the course of investigations. Failure to provide information upon request may be considered a violation of an order by the Director or an advisory board and may result in action taken under ORS 455.740;

(f) Adhering to all applicable building code statutes and rules adopted thereunder; and

(g) Notifying the division of any changes of name or address in a manner prescribed by the division within 10 business days; and

(h) Implementing a division approved cross-training program for residential electrical inspectors, and residential plumbing inspectors under OAR 918-098-1410.

(2) After a code or code edition is adopted by the division, persons who hold an Oregon Inspector Certificate and hold the national certification for that specialty code must re-certify their national certification to the new code or code edition at the next available renewal cycle of the national certification. If an inspector re-certifies a national certification to the newest edition of the national code(s) before that code edition is adopted in Oregon, such re-certification shall be considered as a current national certification for the purposes of these rules.

(3) If an inspector fails to maintain or does not possess a current national certification, the inspector shall not perform inspections or plan review for that particular specialty code.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1480

Additional Responsibilities for Building Officials

In addition to the above responsibilities, all certified individuals who are performing the duties of the building official shall also:

(1) Ensure a person is properly certified under these rules and meets the minimum experience requirements prior to allowing the individual to perform plan reviews and inspections;

(2) Ensure all inspectors and plans examiners in the municipality take all required continuing education and track the continuing education in a manner prescribed by the division; and

(3) Ensure all applicable building code statutes and rules, including statewide code interpretations, directives and other building program requirements and allowing the use of statewide alternate method rulings are enforced and carried out through their certified individuals in their municipality.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720
Hist.: BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05

918-098-1500

Building Official and Inspector Sanctions Process

(1) Failure to act in the public interest in the performance of their duties in accordance with ORS 455.740 shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) Providing or having knowledge of, false education, work experience or documentation being used to meet certification or continuing education requirements, or during the examination, using unauthorized notes, examinations or examination answers at an examination, copying from another, allowing another to copy or otherwise use unauthorized methods to gain an advantage or give another person an advantage during an examination;

(b) Failing to complete continuing education requirements;

(c) Permitting, allowing or performing plan reviews or inspections without proper certification;

(d) Engaging in a pattern that fails to enforce the specialty code, including statewide code interpretations, site-specific interpretations, directives or other building program requirements and failure to allow the use of alternate method rulings;

(e) After notification, engaging in a pattern of requiring construction or installations to exceed the requirements of the specialty codes, unless otherwise specified by the designer(s);

(f) Requiring an individual to approve structures or installations that do not comply with the specialty codes;

(g) Failing to properly perform inspections or plan reviews;

(h) Engages in unprofessional behavior; or

(i) Any other activity prejudicial to the administration and enforcement of the state building code.

(2) Upon a finding of a violation of section (1) of this rule, the director may, in accordance with the requirements of ORS Chapter 183, place conditions on a certification in lieu of suspension or revocation.

(3) In determining the appropriate sanction any applicable factors shall be taken into account, including, but not limited to:

(a) Prior history of violations;

(b) Extent to which corrective action was taken; and

(c) The element of risk or danger to any person caused by the violation.

(4) A person sanctioned under this rule may re-apply for a certification provided the person waits the specified time period as stated below:

(a) A minimum of one year from the date an application was denied;

(b) A minimum of one year from the date a final order was signed; or

(c) A date specified in a final order.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.740
Stat. Implemented.: ORS 455.740
Hist.: BCD 13-2001, f. 9-28-01, cert. ef. 10-1-01; BCD 11-2004, f. 8-13-04, cert. ef. 10-1-04; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0500; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0500; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1505

Oregon Inspector Certification Sanctions

When the Director is authorized to deny, condition, suspend, immediately suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew any building inspection program certification held by an individual, the Director may also deny, condition, suspend, immediately suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the Oregon Inspector Certification held by that same individual. This rule is applied retroactively from July 7, 2005.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.030, 455.055, 455.110, 455.720, 455.730 & 455.740
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.740
Hist.: BCD 8-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-26-14 thru 2-22-15

918-098-1510

Purpose and Scope

(1) The specialized inspector certification program, in OAR 918-098-1510 through 918-098-1591, establishes a program for training, qualifying and certifying individuals as specialized building inspectors authorized to perform inspections and enforce portions of the state building code. Inspector certifications cover limited commercial and other multidisciplinary inspections that presently are not independently authorized by the division in existing inspector certifications.

(2) Specialized inspectors may, after receiving certification issued under these rules, conduct inspections as provided in these rules. These rules apply to applicants and certificate holders, training providers, and participating jurisdictions for the purposes of administering and enforcing the restrictions and requirements under these rules.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 10-2011(Temp), f. 4-15-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11 thru 6-30-11; BCD 15-2011, f. 6-30-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11; BCD 25-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-18-11 thru 10-1-11; BCD 27-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-1-12 thru 6-30-12; BCD 7-2012, f. 6-27-12, cert. ef. 7-1-12

918-098-1520

Specialized Inspector Qualifications

(1) All applicants for specialized certifications must have:

(a) A valid Oregon Inspector Certification;

(b) A valid Oregon Code Certification to perform inspections, as identified in the rule requirements for the specialized certification sought;

(c) Employment as an inspector and experience performing inspections in Oregon for a minimum of one year in the specialty code area that the applicant is seeking specialized certification.

(2) An applicant for certification as a specialized inspector must:

(a) Submit an application on a division-approved form.

(b) Submit the designated application and training fees.

(c) Identify the certifications sought, the certifications presently held by the applicant, and the applicant’s qualifying experience performing inspections.

(3) Incomplete applications or applications submitted without payment will not be processed.

(4) If an application is approved, the applicant will be notified and may begin the specialized inspector certification process.

(5) When an application is not approved by the division, the applicant’s training fee will be refunded. The application fee will not be refunded or waived for future applications.

(6) The application and training fee for all specialized inspector certifications is $200.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 10-2011(Temp), f. 4-15-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11 thru 6-30-11; BCD 15-2011, f. 6-30-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11

918-098-1525

ORS 455.732 Inspector Certifications

(1) A building official or a person seeking a certification under ORS 455.732 must submit a request to the division. A request may include, but is not limited to:

(a) Any relevant experience or training;

(b) Any relevant licenses or certifications, including those issued by a national organization or another state; and

(c) The scope of work the person is seeking to perform.

(2) The division may, after evaluation, issue a certification outlining the scope of work the person may perform and any limitations applicable to the certification. Limitations may include types of structures, geographical area, etc.

(3) The scope of a certification issued under this rule may be expanded upon further training and evaluation by the division.

(4) Evaluations performed for the purposes of issuing a certification under this rule may be performed by a team of professionals knowledgeable in the programs covered by the certification.

(5) A person issued a certification to perform inspections or plan reviews under this rule must obtain an Oregon Inspector Certification prior to performing any work authorized under this certification.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.723, 455.732 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.723, 455.732 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1530

Training Programs

(1) Approved applicants must complete an appropriate division-approved training program and pass a division-approved examination for the desired specialized certification. Training program requirements are stated in OAR 918-098-1560 for the Specialized Solar Photo-Voltaic Inspector Certification, in 918-098-1570 for the Specialized Plumbing Inspector Certification, and in 918-098-1580 for the Specialized Electrical Inspector Certification, and in 918-098-1590 and 918-098-1591 for the Specialized Finals Inspector Certification.

(2) Approved fieldwork supervisors must be qualified by training, licensure, and experience to perform the specialized inspector certification fieldwork inspections being performed.

(3) Fieldwork Training. A specialized inspector certification applicant is eligible to perform the required fieldwork training after the applicant has begun the division training program.

(4) Fieldwork Supervision. All specialized certification fieldwork training must be supervised and verified by an inspector with a valid Oregon Inspector Certification required to conduct the inspections being performed.

(a) An applicant’s fieldwork training must be documented on a division-approved form and signed by the inspector who supervised the inspections.

(b) An inspector supervising and verifying an applicant’s fieldwork training may not be qualified to conduct the inspections performed based solely on a specialized inspector certification issued according to these rules.

(5) Alternate Evaluation. The division may evaluate the skill and knowledge level of an specialized inspector applicant in lieu of some or all of the fieldwork requirements.

(6) Fieldwork Training Approval. A specialized inspector certification applicant must submit proof of completed fieldwork training, or alternate evaluation and approval by the division, to the division for verification and approval, and issuance of specialized inspector certification.

(7) Examination Approval. A specialized inspector certification applicant is eligible to take a certification examination once the application has been approved by the division. A certification will not be issued until the division receives proof that the applicant has successfully completed the required training program and passed the exam.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 10-2011(Temp), f. 4-15-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11 thru 6-30-11; BCD 15-2011, f. 6-30-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11; BCD 25-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-18-11 thru 10-1-11; BCD 27-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-1-12 thru 6-30-12; BCD 7-2012, f. 6-27-12, cert. ef. 7-1-12; BCD 13-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-7-12 thru 5-6-13; BCD 18-2012, f. 12-27-12, cert. ef. 1-1-13

918-098-1540

Specialized Inspector Examination

(1) Examinations for a specialized inspector certification must be approved by the division.

(2) Applicants for specialized inspector certifications who fail the examination may reapply to retest by submitting a reapplication form and required $80 fee within 30 days after the failed attempt.

(3) If an applicant fails to take a specialized inspector certification examination within 60 days of being approved to do so, the applicant must reapply to the division to take the examination by submitting a reapplication form and required $80 fee.

(4) An applicant who reapplies is not required to requalify for the examination or provide qualification information in addition to the exam application unless the specialized certification requirements have changed since the applicant originally applied for certification.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 10-2011(Temp), f. 4-15-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11 thru 6-30-11; BCD 15-2011, f. 6-30-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11

918-098-1550

Specialized Inspector Certification Issuance and Expiration

(1) Upon receiving proof of completion of all requirements listed in these rules, the division may issue the appropriate specialized inspector certification.

(2) The scope of a certification may be tailored to an individual’s knowledge level and skill as determined by the division through an independent evaluation, but may not exceed the scope of work allowed under the rules.

(3) A person holding a valid specialized inspector certification may only perform the duties authorized under that certification provided the person is employed or remains employed by a municipality or the division.

(4) All specialized certifications remain valid provided the holder maintains a current Oregon Inspector Certification. Should the holder fail to maintain a valid Oregon Inspector Certification, all certifications, including any specialized certification issued under this rule, become invalid and the holder may not conduct any inspections until the Oregon Inspector Certification is again valid.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.715, 455.720, 455.723, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.715, 455.720, 455.723, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 10-2011(Temp), f. 4-15-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11 thru 6-30-11; BCD 15-2011, f. 6-30-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11; BCD 13-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-7-12 thru 5-6-13; BCD 18-2012, f. 12-27-12, cert. ef. 1-1-13; BCD 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

918-098-1570

Specialized Plumbing Inspector Certification

(1) Specialized plumbing inspectors may inspect plumbing and piping systems conveying potable water, storm, or domestic sanitary sewage in buildings less than 75 feet above grade in height as defined in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code and containing a building water service less than two inches in nominal interior diameter.

(2) A specialized plumbing inspector may not conduct inspections in new structures with plumbing or piping systems containing any of the items in (a) through (g):

(a) Installation or alteration of a medical gas and vacuum system for health care facilities;

(b) Installation or alteration of chemical drainage, waste and vent systems containing chemical agents potentially detrimental to the integrity of a plumbing system;

(c) Installation or alteration of waste water pre-treatment systems for building sewers;

(d) Installation of vacuum drainage, waste and vent systems;

(e) Installation or alteration of reclaimed water systems;

(f) Installation of a commercial booster pump system needed to maintain minimum residual water pressure in a structure supplied by a municipal source; or

(g) Food service plumbing systems.

(3) Existing structures with plumbing systems containing any of the items in 2(a) through (g) may be inspected by specialized plumbing inspectors. But specialized plumbing inspectors may not inspect any of the items in 2(a) through (g).

(4) As a condition of entering a training program, an applicant must:

(a) Hold valid Oregon Code Certification as a one- and two-family or residential plumbing inspector;

(b) Have been employed as an inspector and performed inspections as a one- and two-family or residential plumbing inspector for a minimum of one year prior to applying for Specialized Plumbing Inspector Certification.

(c) Complete a specialized plumbing inspection training program that meets the minimum requirements established by the division, consisting of:

(A) Instructional coursework; and

(B) Supervised fieldwork inspections.

(d) Pass a division-approved examination.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 10-2011(Temp), f. 4-15-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11 thru 6-30-11; BCD 15-2011, f. 6-30-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11

918-098-1580

Specialized Electrical Inspector Certification

(1) Scope of Activities and Authority.

(a) Specialized Electrical Inspectors may conduct electrical inspections in buildings less than 75 feet above grade as defined in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code where the building service or the feeder to the electrical installation being inspected is not more than 400 amps at less than 150 volts to ground or 200 amps at 150 volts or more to ground.

(b) A Specialized Electrical Inspector may not inspect any of the following:

(A) Separately derived systems, other than renewable energy, rated more than 150kw;

(B) Renewable energy systems rated more than 25kw;

(C) Occupancies classified as Assembly or Education, or any (I)-Institutional Occupancies as defined in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code;

(D) Installations governed by Chapter 5 or Articles 610, 668, 669, 695 and 700 of the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code, except for the following:

(i) Electrical connection to or alteration of a single mobile home, recreational vehicle or manufactured dwelling, including the service but excluding park construction, alteration or enlargement.

(ii) Agricultural buildings that do not contain excessive dust or corrosive areas as defined in the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code 547.1 (A) and (B).

(E) New or replacement motor loads over 100 HP.

(2) Procedure for Qualification. An applicant for certification under this rule must meet the general qualifications in OAR 918-098-1520 and Section (3) of this rule, complete a training program that meets minimum requirements established by the division, make application, pay the required fees, and pass a division-approved examination.

(3) Experience, Education, and Training Requirements. Specialized Electrical Inspector Certification applicants must have:

(a) A current One- and Two-Family or Residential Electrical Inspector Oregon Code Certificate;

(b) Held a current One- and Two-Family or Residential Electrical Inspector Oregon Code Certificate for one year prior to applying for Specialized Electrical Inspector Certification; and

(c) Been employed as an inspector and performed inspections in the specialty code area listed in (a) above for a minimum of one year prior to applying for Specialized Electrical Inspector Certification.

(4) Certification. Upon completion of all training, and after passing a division-approved examination, the division will certify an applicant as a Specialized Electrical Inspector, and issue the appropriate documentation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 25-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-18-11 thru 10-1-11; BCD 27-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11

918-098-1590

Specialized Finals Inspector Certification

(1) Scope of Activities and Authority. Specialized finals inspectors may upon receipt of this certification conduct final inspections of one- and two-family dwellings constructed under the Oregon Residential Specialty Code as provided by the Director through rule.

(2) Procedure for Qualification. An applicant for certification under this rule must meet the general qualifications in OAR 918-098-1520, 918-098-1530 and this rule.

(3) Experience, Education, and Training Requirements.

(a) As a condition of entering a specialized finals inspector training program:

(A) Applicants must hold valid Oregon Inspector Certification and at least one appropriate certification to perform either residential or commercial mechanical, structural, electrical or plumbing inspections in Oregon; and

(B) Been employed as an inspector and performed inspections of the Oregon Structural or Residential Specialty Codes, Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code, Oregon Electrical Specialty Code, or Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code for a minimum of one year prior to applying for the Specialized Finals Inspector Certification.

(b) Applicants must complete a specialized finals inspector training program that meets the minimum requirements established by the division, and consists of:

(A) Classroom coursework; and

(B) Required fieldwork inspections

(c) After completion of the classroom coursework and required field inspections, applicants must successfully pass a division-approved examination.

(d) Certification. Upon completion of all training and after passing a division-approved examination, the division will certify an applicant as qualified to perform specialized finals inspections, and issue the appropriate documentation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-1-12 thru 6-30-12; BCD 7-2012, f. 6-27-12, cert. ef. 7-1-12

918-098-1591

Specialized Finals Inspector Certification Scope of Authority

(1) Specialized finals inspectors may upon receipt of this certification conduct final inspections of one- and two-family dwellings constructed under the Oregon Residential Specialty Code as provided in this rule.

(2) A certificate holder may conduct final inspections in residential dwellings and accessory structures of structural components and mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems where the item inspected was previously inspected and approved, or where a previous inspection and approval is not required, and the item is otherwise ready for a final inspection, except:

(a) Electrical systems with a service in excess of 400 amps;

(b) Emergency and stand-by power generation equipment;

(c) Solar photovoltaic installations; and

(d) Swimming pools.

(3) Where a component or installation is sufficiently complex, a building official may limit the authority of a Specialized Finals Inspector to less than the scope contained in this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 7-2012, f. 6-27-12, cert. ef. 7-1-12

Post-Earthquake Damage Inspectors

918-098-1600

Purpose and Scope

The provisions of OAR 918-098-1600 to 918-098-1630 establish the background qualifications and the evaluation and testing criteria to be registered as a post-earthquake structural damage inspector.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.100 & 455.448
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.448 & 455.449
Hist.: BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0600; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0600; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06

918-098-1610

Definitions

For the purposes of OAR 918-098-1600 to 918-098-1630, the following definitions apply:

(1) "Building Inspector" as set forth in ORS 455.448 means a person registered pursuant to the provisions of OAR 918-098-1620 as either a general post-earthquake inspector or a limited post-earthquake inspector;

(2) "General Post-Earthquake Damage Inspector" means a person registered under the provisions of OAR 918-098-1620 or appointed by the director pursuant to ORS 455.448 to perform post-earthquake damage and habitability assessments on all structures; and

(3) "Limited Post-Earthquake Damage Inspector" means a person registered under the provisions of OAR 918-098-1620 or appointed by the director pursuant to ORS 455.448 to perform post-earthquake damage and habitability assessments on detached one- and two-family dwellings, rowhouses and townhouses less than three stories in height and their accessory structures less than three stories in height.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.100 & 455.448
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.448 & 455.449
Hist.: BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0610; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0610

918-098-1620

Post Earthquake Damage Inspector Registration Requirements

All persons seeking registration as a post-earthquake inspector must complete a division application form and complete a division approved Applied Technology Council (ATC) training course within three years of application.

(1) To be registered as a general post-earthquake damage inspector, an applicant must:

(a) Be registered in any state as an architect, or be qualified by training and experience to take the Oregon examination for registration as an architect; or

(b) Be certified in the state of Oregon as an A-level, B-level structural or fire and life safety plans examiner or inspector; or

(c) Possess a current ICC Commercial Building Inspector, Commercial Building Plans Examiner or Commercial Fire Plans Examiner certificate; or

(d) Be registered in any state as a certified professional engineer in civil or structural engineering, or be qualified by education and experience to take the Oregon certified professional engineer examination in civil or structural engineering, even though the applicant has not taken the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.

(2) To be registered as a limited post-earthquake damage inspector, an applicant must:

(a) Meet any of the qualifications listed in subsection (1) of this rule;

(b) Be certified in the State of Oregon as a residential structural inspector; or

(c) Be certified in the State of Oregon as a residential plans examiner; or

(d) Possess a current ICC Residential Building Inspector certificate.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.100 & 455.448
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.448 & 455.449
Hist.: BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0620; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0620; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; BCD 34-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

918-098-1630

Post-Earthquake Damage Inspector Continuing Education Requirements

(1) Post-earthquake damage inspectors must fulfill the following continuing education requirements every three years, beginning January 1, 2007:

(a) Completion of a division-approved Applied Technology Council (ATC) training course; or

(b) Participation in at least one emergency exercise drill, or actual emergency event.

(2) The division may periodically verify compliance with these continuing education requirements.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.100 & 455.448
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.448 & 455.449
Hist.: BCD 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-97; BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0630; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05, Renumbered from 918-098-0630; BCD 4-2006, f. 3-31-06, cert. ef. 4-1-06; BCD 19-2006, f. 12-29-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07

Corrective Notices

918-098-1900

Citation Requirement Effective January 1, 2006

In addition to any other requirements set forth in statute and rule, beginning January 1, 2006, all inspectors and plans examiners certified under Division 098, OAR 918-225-0540, 918-281-0020 918-695-0400, and ORS 460.055 issuing corrective notices at construction sites or to buildings or related appurtenances during a plan review must adequately cite the applicable specialty code sections, Oregon administrative rules, or statutes whenever a re-inspection is required as a result of the inspection or plan review.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720 & 455.740
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720 & 455.740
Hist.: BCD 16-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-7-05 thru 12-31-05; BCD 24-2005, f. 9-30-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05

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