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Codes And Technical Services

Program Overview

The Codes and Technical Services Unit is an advocate for Oregon's fire service and citizens. The Codes Unit promotes the application and use of effective and uniform fire and life safety codes through code development and adoption, code interpretation, technical research, and legislative input. Codes partners with Oregon's Building Codes Division and local fire service jurisdictions in maintaining code consistency.

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Enforcing Building and Fire Codes

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Oregon Fire Code

The Oregon Fire Code is adopted by Oregon Administrative Rule 837, Division 40.
The Oregon Fire Code is a statewide minimum fire code. Local jurisdictions may adopt and amend the Oregon Fire Code as long as the amendments are more stringent.

®Use the following form to submit your code change proposals for the Oregon Fire Code.
 
Oregon Fire Code Change Submittal Form 
 
2010 OREGON FIRE CODE 
 
The 2010 Oregon Fire Code was effective July 1, 2010. There was a three month phase in period from July 1 through September 31 for new construction plan review only. Check with your local building official to determine whether the 2007 or the 2010 code was used. 
  
 
The following chapters and appendices are 2010 Oregon amendments only:
 
Chapter 1: Scope and Administration 
 
Chapter 2: Definitions 
 
Chapter 3: General Precautions Against Fire 
 
Chapter 4: Emergency Planning and Preparedness  
 
Chapter 5: Fire Service Features 
 
Chapter 6: Building Services and Systems 
 
Chapter 7: Fire Resistance-Rated Construction 
 
Chapter 8: Interior Finish, Decorative Materials and Furnishings 
 
Chapter 9: Fire Protection Systems 
 
Chapter 10: Means of Egress 
 
Chapter 11: Aviation Facilities 
 
Chapter 13: Combustible Dust-Producing Operations 
 
Chapter 14: Fire Safety During Construction and Demolition 
 
Chapter 17: Fumigation and Thermal Insecticidal Fogging 
 
Chapter 18: Semiconductor Fabrication Facilities 
 
Chapter 22: Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages 
 
Chapter 24: Tents, Canopies and Other Membrane Structures 
 
Chapter 25: Tire Rebuilding and Tire Storage 
 
Chapter 27: Hazardous Materials-General Provisions 
 
Chapter 30: Compressed Gases 
 
Chapter 33: Explosives and Fireworks 
 
Chapter 34: Flammable and Combustible Liquids 
 
Chapter 38: Liquid Petroleum Gases 
 
Chapter 45: Marinas 
 
Chapter 46: Fire and Life Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings 
 
Chapter 47: Referenced Standards 
 
Appendix B: Fire Flow Requirement for Buildings 
 
Appendix C: Fire Hydrant Location and Distribution 
 
Appendix D: Fire Apparatus Access Roads 
 
Appendix J: Emergency Responder Radio Coverage 
 
Appendix K: Fire Prevention Guidelines for Haunted Houses and Similar Temporary Installations 
 
Appendix L: Adult Foster Homes 
 
Appendix M: Tank Vehicle to Tank Vehicle Fuel Transfer at Airports 
 
Appendix N: Fire Watch 
 
Appendix SR: Group SR-Special (Assisted Self Preservation) Occupancies  

Mid-cycle Amendment - Effective January 1, 2012

Mid-cycle Amendment - Effective March 1, 2012


 
2007 OREGON FIRE CODE 
 
As of April 1, 2007 the Oregon Fire Code has changed. The 2007 Oregon Fire Code (based on the 2006 International Fire Code with Oregon amendments) became effective April 1, 2007.
 
The following chapters and appendices are Oregon amendments only:
 
Chapter 1: Administration
 
Chapter 2: Definitions
 
Chapter 3: General precautions against fire 
 
Chapter 4: Emergency planning and preparedness
 
Chapter 5: Fire service features
 
Chapter 6: Building services and systems
 
Chapter 7: Fire-resistance-rated construction
 
Chapter 8: Interior finish, decorative materials and furnishings
 
Chapter 9: Fire protection systems
 
Chapter 10: Means of egress
 
Chapter 11: Aviation facilities
 
Chapter 14: Fire safety during construction and demolition
 
Chapter 17: Fumigation and thermal insecticidal fogging
 
Chapter 18: Semiconductor fabrication facilities
 
Chapter 22: Motor fuel-dispensing facilities and repair garages
 
Chapter 24: tents, canopies, and other membrane structures
 
Chapter 27: Hazardous material-General Provisions
 
Chapter 30: Compressed gasses
 
Chapter 32: Cryogenic fluids
 
Chapter 33: Explosives and fireworks
 
Chapter 34: Flammable and combustible liquids
 
Chapter 38: Liquefied petroleum gases
 
Appendix B: Fire-flow requirements for buildings
 
Appendix C: Fire hydrant locations and distribution
 
Appendix D: Fire apparatus access roads
 
Appendix H: Fire Prevention guidelines for haunted houses and similar temporary installations
 
Appendix I: Adult foster homes
 
Appendix K: Reserved for future use
 
Appendix L: Vehicle fueling at airport sites
 
Appendix [B] Appendix SR: Group SR-Special (assisted self-preservation) occupancies
 
2007 Oregon Fire Code Mid-Cycle Amendments

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Historical Oregon Fire Code

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Purchasing Code Books

International Code Council
1-800-786-4452
 
Builder's Book, Inc.
1-800-275-2665
 
National Fire Service Book Store
1-800-342-2034

Chemeketa C.C. Bookstore
4000 Lancaster Drive N.E.
Salem, OR 97305
503-399-5131 
 
Powell's Technical Bookstore
33 NW Park Ave.
Portland, OR  97209
503-228-3906, ext. 4000
 
NFPA Code and Standards may be purchased from:
 
National Fire Protection Association
1-800-344-3555
 
Builder's Book, Inc. 
1-800-275-2665,
 
Powell's Technical Bookstore
503-228-3906, ext. 4000 
 

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Oregon Fire Code Committee

The Oregon Fire Code Committee (OFCC) is a volunteer advisory committee to the Oregon State Fire Marshal. Click here for the link to the Oregon Fire Code Committee.

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Oregon Fire Code Interpretations and Technical Advisories

Oregon Uniform Fire Code Interpretations These documents provide guidance and consistency with issues, which are in conflict or silent in the Oregon Uniform Fire Code, 1998 and earlier editions. The application of these interpretations are intended for statewide use.
 
Oregon Fire Code Interpretations These documents provide guidance and consistency with issues, which are in conflict or silent in the Oregon Fire Code. The application of these interpretations are intended for statewide use. 
 
Oregon Fire Code Technical Advisories Technical Advisories are created in an effort to communicate new state fire code regulations and/or clarify existing regulations.
 
Request For Fire Codes Interpretation Form A form with instructions to request and obtain official interpretation from the Office of State Fire Marshal of existing code, law, administrative rule, standard or policy application.
 
Rules for Holiday Decor These rules are guidelines in Technical Advisory #11-11. They are called Holiday Décor because these are occasions when a majority of this type of activity happens but guidelines can be utilized at any time of the year.

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Flammable & Combustible Liquids

Motor Vehicle Fuel Storage and Dispensing Guidelines This handbook is designed to be a guide for the installation of aboveground tanks being utilized for motor vehicle fuel dispensing.
 
Application to Install Flammable/Combustible Liquid Aboveground Tanks (PDF) An application to install flammable/combustible liquid aboveground tank(s) must be completed and accompany two sets of plans when installing aboveground tanks over 1000 gallons in either individual or aggregate quantities.
 
A completed application and plans must be submitted for approval prior to the tank(s) being installed to:
        Office of State Fire Marshal
        Codes & Technical Services Unit
        4760 Portland Road NE
        Salem, Oregon 97305
 
NOTE: Tanks with quantities less than mentioned above must also meet the installation requirements of the Oregon Fire Code.

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Liquefied Petroleum Containers

Liquefied Petroleum Container Installation An application to install liquefied petroleum gas container(s) must be completed and accompany two sets of plans when installing containers over 2000 gallons water capacity or the aggregate capacity of containers over 4000 gallons water capacity.
 
Applications for plan review shall be submitted on an OSFM form and shall be accompanied by a $100 fee. A completed application and plans must be submitted for approval prior to the container(s) being installed to:
        Office of State Fire Marshal
        Codes & Technical Services Unit
        4760 Portland Road NE
        Salem, Oregon 97305
 
NOTE: Containers with quantities less than mentioned above must also meet the installation requirements of the Oregon Fire Code.

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Dispute Resolution Process

Dispute Resolution Process The Office of State Fire Marshal’s (OSFM), Dispute Resolution Process allows an aggrieved party to dispute inspection findings of the local fire marshal. This process allows the aggrieved party to ask for a “second opinion” but does not supersede the local or State Fire Marshal’s appeal process.

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Oregon Fire Marshal's Round Table

The annual Round Table is cooperatively sponsored by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and the Oregon Fire Marshal's Association. Round Table topics are generated from participants and offers the opportunity for fire prevention personnel from throughout the state to exchange ideas, discuss new technologies and solve common problems.  

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