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About us


To work with Oregonians to ensure safe building construction while promoting a positive business climate within the state.

Who we are

The Building Codes Division administers Oregon's Statewide Building Code, which provides uniform standards that ensure newly constructed residential and commercial buildings are safe for citizens to occupy. The state legislature established a "uniform" building code in 1973; the division is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of that statewide code this year. The division also administers and regulates building laws and rules, and licenses qualified businesses and individuals working in these trades: electrical, plumbing, boiler and pressure vessel, and elevator.

How we serve you

  • Adopting a set of uniform construction codes
  • Licensing construction trades workers, inspectors and businesses
  • Training and certifying building inspectors and building officials 
  • Enforcing laws and rules to ensure safe building practices
  • Providing permitting and inspection services
  • Collaborating with cities and counties to promote efficient building practices and positive economic development


  • Commitment to health and safety
  • Excellent customer service
  • A consistent and predictable approach
  • Creative problem-solving and flexibility
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Protecting consumers from unnecessary regulatory costs