Certification Rules

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Published: 2015

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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; BCD 14-2014, f. 12-30-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15
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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