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Senate Bill 762 (2021), updated by
Senate Bill 80 (2023), created a statewide approach to a wide range of wildfire mitigation measures. The legislature directed the Building Codes Division to adopt fire hardening building code standards, based on existing wildfire mitigation provisions, that could be applied to new dwellings and the accessory structures of dwellings in areas of the state mapped as high hazard zones and that are in the wildland urban interface.
A wide array of variables impact the cost of hardening a home and estimating a cost increase from standard prescriptive construction, including but not limited to; initial materials selected, size and shape of dwelling, size and number of projections and decks, eave heights, number and type of vents, number and type of windows, and similar customer design considerations.
Estimated cost of hardening your home guide
to learn more about estimated costs.
This training video covers construction standards and material compliance requirements from the 2023 ORSC for wildfire hazard mitigation or home-hardening. This training is intended to identify the appropriate construction standards required in areas of our state where the wildfire hazard mitigation provisions of the 2023 ORSC are applicable.
View the new wildfire hazard mitigation training video.
To implement Senate Bill (SB) 762 (2021) and SB 80 (2023), the division is developing rules that will amend the ORSC Section R327 to apply to all new dwellings and the accessory structures of dwellings in high wildfire hazard zones in the wildland-urban interface and to extend the standards to apply to existing dwellings that are replacing exterior elements of the structure.
The wildfire map created in 2022 was withdrawn. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will be creating a new wildfire hazard map consistent with SB 80 (2023). For more information about the map or the hazard classification of a property visit the ODF website.
Oregon Department of ForestryOregon Wildfire Hazard Map
If you have questions about the rules for trees, bushes, and other vegetation around your building, also known as “defensible space" you can visit the Oregon State Fire Marshal's website.
Oregon State Fire MarshalOregon Defensible Space Code
If you have questions about the implementation of SB 762 as it pertains to land use laws and rules visit the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development website.
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and DevelopmentLand-use updates
As the Oregon Department of Forestry is overseeing the development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide map of wildfire hazard that will display the three wildfire hazard zones: high, moderate, and low hazard; the division is working on an interactive tool to work in conjunction with the Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer, that will display wildfire hazard mitigation standards covered in Section R327 of the ORSC. This tool will also support the future listing of snow, seismic, and wind design criteria at the property level.
Developments in the process will be posted here as they become available.
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