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For five decades, the Building Codes Division has worked to collaboratively adopt and administer the state’s building code, issue trade licenses, and support economic development throughout Oregon. Join us in celebrating this historic milestone.
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We work to ensure the safety of buildings through the administration of the state of Oregon's current building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and energy codes and laws pertaining to the review and inspection of projects.
Before 1973, less than half of Oregon's cities and counties had a building code ordinance. Builders faced a maze of regulations that varied by city and county.
In November, 1989 building code pioneers in Oregon published "An Oregon Mosaic" that detailed early building code administration. Learn more about how Building Codes Division has evolved through the years.
From 1973 to 2023, We have worked to create a foundation for safe, affordable, and efficient buildings throughout Oregon. Learn about of our important moments over the last five decades.
While Oregon’s construction industry has evolved in many ways since 1973, the spirit of our mission remains. We believe all Oregonians should live, work, and play in safe, efficient, and affordable buildings supported by a highly trained, diverse workforce.
The creation of Oregon’s statewide building code system is one of the unsung heroes of 1970s’ public policy development in Oregon. Since the creation of the Building Codes Division in 1973, it has served Oregonians by administering and facilitating the code adoption process, as well as training and certifying industry. Read about the division's important milestone and the services we provide.
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