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Code review and adoption updates


OESC, OPSC, and ORSC code adoption cycle

The division has been working with it's advisory boards to adopt the new codes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the division's ability to adopt the next edition of the OESC, ORSC, and OPSC on schedule has been interrupted.

The adoption of the new codes is postponed to April 1, 2021.

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

Code adoption process

Technical model code review

Boards that establish technical model code review committees will have its committee review the division's model code proposal for consistency with past Oregon practice and practical feasibility. The division is not 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. Individuals interested in the model code review committee meetings should visit the code adoption homepage for more information including details on meeting dates.

Board review

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 the board meetings where code issues will be considered should visit the code adoption homepage for more information including details on meeting dates.

Rulemaking hearings

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 in writing directly to the division during the public comment period.

Adopting the code

Once the division has considered the board's recommendation and public comments, and files the Oregon Administrative Rule adopting the new code, the division will announce the effective date through an email notification and on the division website. The division will also announce when the integrated codebook with be available for purchase.

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

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