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DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND BUSINESS SERVICES,
BUILDING CODES DIVISION

 

DIVISION 271

ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS

Inspection Procedures

918-271-0000

Role of an Electrical Inspector

An electrical inspector shall inspect electrical installations and provide public information on the meaning or application of an electrical code provision, but shall not lay out work or act as a consultant for electrical contractors, property owners or users.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 479.730
Stats. Implemented: ORS 479.730
Hist.: BCD 19-1996, f. 9-17-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96

918-271-0010

Calls for Inspection

(1) All persons who take out an electrical permit, homeowners as well as electrical contractors, shall request an inspection within three working days of:

(a) The completion of any electrical installation intended to be covered or concealed or that is intended to be placed into service before the final electrical inspection; and

(b) The completion of all electrical installations for the job site covered by a particular permit.

(2) Transactions under a master inspection permit are covered by separate requirements.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 479.730
Stats. Implemented: ORS 479.730
Hist.: BCD 19-1996, f. 9-17-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96; BCD 23-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00

918-271-0020

Requests for Inspection and Notice of Results

(1) Except as provided in section (2) of this rule, an inspecting jurisdiction, shall inspect within 48 hours of a written request for inspection unless the time for inspection is extended to a set date by mutual agreement. The 48 hours excludes Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

(2) The inspecting jurisdiction shall inspect an installation at a remote location within a reasonable time of the request.

(a) For the purpose of this section a "remote location" is:

(A) An inspection location that is more than 60 miles one way using the most direct route, measured from the closest of the inspector's station, inspection office or the inspecting jurisdiction's primary offices; or

(B) An inspection location that requires more than one hour of normal driving, one way, using the most direct route from the closest point mentioned in paragraph (A) of this subsection.

(b) For the purposes of this section "within a reasonable time" means a response time that takes into account the time, distance and number of inspection requests, but shall not exceed seven consecutive calendar days including the date the request was received unless the time for inspection is extended to a set date by mutual agreement. If the seventh calendar day falls on a weekend or holiday this is extended to include the next business day.

(3) Reasonable procedures designed to provide actual notice of inspection results shall be used by all inspecting jurisdictions to notify the person requesting inspections, of the results of electrical inspection. "Reasonable procedures designed to provide actual notice" shall include posting at the job site and:

(a) Nothing more, when the installation is by an owner;

(b) Nothing more, when the installation is approved;

(c) Notification of any deficiencies on a specific permit by:

(A) FAX transmittal to the electrical contractor;

(B) Personal delivery to the electrical contractor or signing supervisor;

(C) Mailing, including electronic mailing; or

(D) Telephone followed by written notification;

(d) By written confirmation of inspection approval if a permit holder requests confirmation.

(4) If the inspection mentioned in sections (1) and (2) of this rule involved a cover inspection, the work cannot be covered unless:

(a) Inspection clearance is given; or

(b) The request for inspection is in writing communicated to the inspecting jurisdiction, with notice that a cover inspection is involved, no extensions are agreed to, and the maximum time for making the required inspection under sections (1) and (2) of this rule are exceeded. For the purposes of this subsection:

(A) Written request includes a letter, telegram or FAX transmittal; and

(B) The burden of proof is on the person requesting the electrical inspection to prove that a written request was communicated.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 479.730
Stats. Implemented: ORS 479.730
Hist.: BCD 19-1996, f. 9-17-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96 BCD 23-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef. 10-1-00

918-271-0030

Correction of Defects

(1) Defects in electrical installations noted by the electrical inspector shall be corrected and an inspection request made within 20 calendar days of the date of actual notice of deficiency. For the purpose of this rule, actual notice is given when the inspecting jurisdiction does everything required in OAR 918-271-0020.

(2) If corrections cannot reasonably be made within the specified time in section (1) of this rule, or an interpretation or written appeal has been requested, the permit holder shall contact the inspecting jurisdiction and request an extension of time to a specified date or until deficiency is resolved.

(3) Requests for inspection and requests for extension may be communicated in any way. However, if challenged, the burden of proof is on the requester to document the request was in fact communicated. Responses may also be communicated in any way, but if challenged, the burden of proof is on the inspecting jurisdiction.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 479.730
Stats. Implemented: ORS 479.730
Hist.: BCD 19-1996, f. 9-17-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96

Inspection Protocols

918-271-0040

Mandatory Inspection Practices

(1) Electrical inspectors shall inspect and verify the appropriateness of the size, placement, protection and termination of the following electrical installations. Inspectors shall note discrepancies and require correction of code violations pursuant to OAR 918-098-1900. Physical contact is not required to inspect the electrical installations listed below.

(a) Service entrance conductors;

(b) Service equipment;

(c) Grounding electrode and grounding electrode conductor;

(d) Bonding;

(e) Overcurrent protection;

(f) Branch circuits;

(g) Feeders; and

(h) Underground installations.

(2) Electrical inspectors shall test ground-fault circuit interrupter devices (GFCI) and arc-fault circuit interrupter devices (AFCI) for functionality. Ground fault protection services (GFP) shall be performance tested in accordance with the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code.

(3) A final inspection shall be requested and provided to verify all mandatory items in sections (1) and (2) of this rule are in compliance.

(4) A final inspection shall be performed by the inspecting jurisdiction as soon as practicable, but not later than five working days following the date on which it is requested. Subject to the approval of the building official, the permit holder may schedule a final inspection prior to completion of the electrical installation in order to allow the permit holder to be present at the time of inspection and facilitate access to energized installations.

Stat. Auth: ORS 479.855
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.160 & 479.855
Hist.: BCA 11-1988, f. & cert. ef. 7-20-88; BCD 19-1996, f. 9-17-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96, Renumbered from 918-302-0020; BCD 16-1997, f. 9-30-97, cert. ef. 10-1-97; BCD 23-2000, f. 9-29-00, cert. ef 10-1-00; BCD 10-2015, f. 12-11-15, cert. ef. 1-1-16

918-271-0050

Inspection of Secondary Considerations

(1) Electrical installations not specified by OAR 918-271-0040 are secondary items.

(2) At least 30 percent of all secondary items at a job site shall be inspected using a sampling process that reviews all separate categories of secondary items. If code violations are found within the samples inspected, an additional ten percent of the secondary items shall be inspected.

(3) If additional violations are found, the inspector shall:

(a) Require the permit holder to check all other similar categories of installations on the job site;

(b) Advise of the correction of all defects; and

(c) If warranted, inspect all other similar categories of installations on the job site.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 479.855
Stats. Implemented: ORS 479.855
Hist.: BCA 11-1988, f. & cert. ef. 7-20-88; BCA 21-1993, f. 10-5-93, cert. ef. 12-1-93; BCD 19-1996, f. 9-17-96, cert. ef. 10-1-96; Renumbered from 918-302-0030

918-271-0100

Electrical Disconnection

(1) In the case of a disconnection made or ordered under ORS 479.820(2) or (3) and after setting forth in writing the facts supporting the action, the division may disconnect or cause the disconnection or disconnection of service, without hearing, to:

(a) An electrical installation or product that fails to comply with minimum safety standards; or,

(b) An electrical installation or product, the condition of which constitutes an immediate hazard to life or property.

(2) In the case of a disconnection under subsection (1) of this rule, if the installation or property owner requests a hearing within 90 days after the date of disconnection, then a hearing shall be granted and the division may issue an order pursuant to such hearing as required by ORS Chapter 183 confirming, altering or dismissing its earlier order.

(3) Such a hearing need not be held where the disconnection or order of disconnect is accompanied by or is pursuant to a citation for violation which is subject to judicial determination in any court of this state, and the order by its terms will terminate in case of final judgment in favor of the property owner.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 479.820
Stats. Implemented: ORS 479.820
Hist.: BCD 6-2015(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-16-15 thru 3-13-16

918-271-0105

Electrical Disconnection

(1) In the case of a disconnection made or ordered under ORS 479.820(2) or (3) and after setting forth in writing the facts supporting the action, the division may disconnect or cause the disconnection of service, without hearing, to:

(a) An electrical installation or product that fails to comply with minimum safety standards; or

(b) An electrical installation or product, the condition of which constitutes an immediate hazard to life or property.

(2) In the case of a disconnection under section (1) of this rule, if the owner of the installation, or of the property where the installation is located, requests a hearing within 90 days after the date of disconnection, then a hearing shall be granted and the division may issue an order pursuant to such hearing as required by ORS chapter 183 confirming, altering, or dismissing its earlier order.

(3) Such a hearing need not be held where the disconnection or order of disconnect is accompanied by, or is pursuant to, a citation for violation which is subject to judicial determination in any court of this state, and the order by its terms will terminate in case of final judgment in favor of the installation or property owner.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 479.820
Stats. Implemented: ORS 479.820
Hist.: BCD 5-2016, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-16

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