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Code interpretation process

Statewide and site-specific code interpretations

What is a statewide code interpretation?

A statewide code interpretation is a binding interpretation of a specific code provision that applies to all jurisdictions. A consumer or jurisdiction may request a statewide code interpretation.

What is a site-specific code interpretation?

A site-specific code interpretation is a binding interpretation of a specialty provision for use by a municipality that applies to the specific facts and circumstances in one particular location. Only a building official for a jurisdiction may request a site-specific code interpretation.

Request a code interpretation

Use the following:

Mail the request form to P.O. Box 14470, Salem, OR 97309-0404 or email it to

What happens next?

The appropriate staff will consult with the you, local building officials, and advisory groups to help develop an interpretation. This process is usually completed within 30 days.

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