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Code review and adoption updates

Code adoption in 2019

In the last year Building Codes Division has been in the process of adopting the 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) based on the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) including ASHRAE 90.1-2016, the base model code for the energy provisions, and the 2019 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC) based on the 2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC) and the 2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC). These codes will be effective Oct. 1, 2019.

Code adoption in 2020

Through the fall of 2019 and into the spring of 2020, the division is working with the Electrical and Elevator Board, the State Plumbing Board, and the Residential and Manufactured Structures Board to adopt the following codes effective Oct. 1, 2020:

2020 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) | Based on the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC)
2020 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) | Based on the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC)
2020 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) | Based on the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC)

The division also intends to update the OSSC energy provisions to ASHRAE 90.1-2019 effective Oct. 1, 2020.

These actions, both through the adoption of the OSSC and OMSC in 2019 and the OPSC, OESC and ORSC in 2020, continue Oregon's leadership in timely and efficient adoption of national model codes.

For those codes intended to become effective Oct. 1, 2020, division staff will focus on making only those adjustments necessary for Oregon to align with model codes or to comply with the residential energy requirements directed by Executive Order 17-20. Areas of the model codes that are unworkable in Oregon, conflict with statutes or executive direction, or that significantly change past practice will not be considered by the division.

Technical model code review

Boards that establish a technical model code review committee will have its committee review the division's model code proposal for consistency with past Oregon practice and practical feasibility. The division will not be accepting code change proposals in advance of the model code review process. After the committee reviews the division's proposal, the committee will make recommendations to the respective board.

The board will review the work of the committee and will then consider any public comments and testimony before making a recommendation to the division. Individuals interested in attending the model code review committee meetings or the board meetings where code issues will be considered should visit the code adoption homepage for more information including details on meeting dates.

Once the board takes action, the division will conduct a public rulemaking hearing and provide an opportunity for additional public input. Members of the public will be invited to give testimony at the hearing and in writing directly to the division during the public comment period.

Adopting newest model codes

The division is committed to adopting new model codes effective Oct. 1, 2020, understanding that any changes to an existing specialty code, including national model code changes, have to be agreed upon by both the appropriate board and the division to be adopted as part of an Oregon specialty code.

Aligning Oregon with model code should help improve consistency, provide greater predictability for business, and make Oregon a leader in timely and efficient adoption of model codes.

A full list of codes adopted by the division is available on the code and standards homepage.

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