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Boiler and pressure vessel services


Oct. 1, 2023 - The Boiler and Pressure Vessel Program penalty fees will be reinstated.
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The division provides permit and inspection services for the installation, alteration, repair, and operation of boilers and pressure vessels throughout the state.

Installation permits

Installation permits are is required before installing, altering, or repairing a nonexempt boiler or pressure vessel. If an owner is performing the work, a permit is required if the vessel is located in areas described in OAR 918-225-0600(c).

Permit applications for contractors performing the work
Permit application for property owners performing the work

Operating permits

Operating permits are required before placing a boiler or pressure vessel into service. If the boiler or pressure vessel is nonexempt, the inspector will complete a registration which begins the process to obtain the operating permit.

Boilers and pressure vessels that may be exempt from permitting are described in ORS 480.525 and OAR 918-225-0600.


Installation inspections can be performed by a certified inspector employed by the state or an inspector acting on behalf of the insurance company providing coverage on the vessel. Operational inspections may be done by a state boiler inspector or insurance inspector. The frequency of inspections varies depending on the type of boiler or pressure vessel. Questions can be directed to the state inspector that serves your area.

Note: Individuals interested in becoming a commissioned boiler and pressure vessel inspector can learn more at the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors website. Information about scheduling the National Board InService Commission Examination to become an inspector is available on the AMP business website.

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