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Laws and Rules Governing the Public Health Division

All licensing, certification, monitoring, inspection or regulatory requirements are developed from current laws. The laws governing the activities and scope of the Public Health Division are defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS). The Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) determine how those laws will be implemented. Learn more from the State Legislative website and Secretary of State website.

Current Rulemakings

Recently Filed and Effective Permanent Rulemakings

Proposed Permanent Rulemakings

Temporary Rulemakings

Invitation for Public Comment on Oregon Administrative Rules

Under the Administrative Procedures Act, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division has received petitions to amend OAR 333-019-1015, Masking Requirements in Schools; and petitions to repeal OAR 333-019-1030, COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Teachers and School Staff.

In accordance with state law, OHA is inviting public comment on the rules, including whether options exist for achieving the rule's substantive goals in a way that reduces the negative economic impact on businesses. OAR 137-001-0070(3)

You are invited to submit written comments on the above referenced rules. Comments may be filed before 5:00 PM PDT on May 31, 2022, to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at

Written comments may be mailed to:

OHA, Public Health Division

Administrative Rules Coordinator

800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930

Portland, OR 97232

You may also send comments by fax to: (971) 673-1299.

Comments received after the deadline will not be considered.

The agency shall, in writing, within 90 days after receipt of the petition, either deny the petition or initiate rulemaking proceedings. OAR 137-001-0070(4)(c)

All Public Health ORS and OAR

Chapter Statute
97 Rights and Duties Relating to Cemeteries, Human Bodies and Anatomical Gifts
431 State and Local Administration and Enforcement of Health Laws
432 Vital Statistics
433 Disease and Condition Control; Mass Gatherings; Indoor Air
435 Birth Control; Termination of Pregnancy
436 Sterilization
437 Tuberculosis
438 Clinical and Environmental Laboratories
440 Health Districts; Port Hospitals
441 Health Care Facilities
442 Health Planning
443 Residential Care; Adult Foster Homes; Hospice Programs
444 Special Medical Services for Children
445 Indigent Persons Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents
446 Manufactured Dwellings and Structures; Parks; Tourist Facilities
448 Pool Facilities; Water and Sewage Systems
450 Sanitary Districts and Authorities; Water Authorities
451 County Service Facilities
452 Vector Control
453 Hazardous Substances; Radiation Sources
455 Building Code
459 Solid Waste Management
465 Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials I
466 Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials II
468 Environmental Quality Generally
468a Air Quality
468b Water Quality
469 Energy; Conservation Programs; Energy Facilities
475 Controlled Substances; Illegal Drug Cleanup; Paraphernalia; Precursors
624 Food Service Facilities
675​​ Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers
676​ Health Professions Generally
678 ​Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators
680​ Dental Hygienists, Denturists
681​ Hearing, Speech, Music Therapy and Art Therapy Professionals
​687​ ​Massage Therapists, Direct Entry Midwives
688​ Therapeutic and Technical Services
690​ Cosmetic Professionals
691​ Dietitians
694​ Hearing Aid Specialists
700​​ Environmental Health Specialists, Waste Water Specialists

By Category

Rules: Listed by OAR Division

Division 16: Hazardous Substances

Division 40: Decontamination of Illegal Drug Manufacturing Sites

Division 61: Drinking Water

Division 69: Certification of Individuals and Firms Engaged in Lead-Based Paint Activities and Accreditation of Training Programs for Professionals Engaged in Lead-Based Paint Activities

Division 70: Pre-Renovation Education and Renovation, Repair and Painting Activities Involving Lead-Based Paint

Division 95: Lead Hazards

Division 100: Control of Radiation in Oregon - General Requirements

Division 101: Registration of Radiation Machines, General License Radioactive Materials, Licensing of Radiation Services, and Accreditation of Hospital Radiology Inspectors

Division 102: Licensing of Radioactive Material

Division 103: Fees (Radiation)

Division 105: Radiation Safety Requirements for Industrial Radiographic Operations

Division 106: X-Rays in the Healing Arts

Division 108: Radiation Safety Requirements for Analytical X-ray Equipment

Division 109: Radiation Safety Requirements for Industrial and Manufacturing Use of Particle Accelerators

Division 110: Radiation Safety Requirements for Radioactive Tailings and Ponds

Division 111: Notices, Instructions and Reports to Workers; Inspections

Division 112: Requirements for Microwave Oven Use and Service

Division 113: Radiation Safety Requirements for Wireline Service Operations and Subsurface Tracer Studies

Division 114: Training for Emergency Response to Radioactive Material Incidents

Division 115: Radiation Safety Requirements for X-Ray and Hybrid Gauges

Division 116: Use of Radionuclides in the Healing Arts

Division 117: Regulation and Licensing of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM)

Division 118: Transportation of Radioactive Material

Division 119: Registration of Tanning Facilities

Division 120: Standards for Protection Against Radiation

Division 121: Licensing and Radiation Safety Requirements for Irradiators

Division 122: Radiation Safety Requirements for Industrial X-Ray Machine Operations

Division 123: Therapeutic Radiation machines

Division 124: Civil Penalties (Radiation)

Rules: Listed by OAR Division

Division 2: Standards for Registry Enrollment, Qualification and Certification of Health Care Interpreters

Division 8: Medical Marijuana

Division 9: Reporting Requirements of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act


Division 27: Home Health Agencies

Division 35: Hospice Program Licensure


Division 71: Special Inpatient Care Facilities


​Division 72: Health Care Practitioner Referrals

Division 76: Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) and Extended Stay Centers (ESC)


Division 80: Organ Procurement Organizations - Tissue Banks - Eye Banks

Division 275: Hemodialysis Technicians Licensing Procedures and Definitions

Division 500: Hospitals Generally: Definitions, Application and Renewal Procedures, Fees, Facility Closure

Division 501: Hospital Monitoring, Surveys, Investigations, Discipline, and Civil Penalties

Division 505: Hospital Organization and Management

Division 510: Patient Care and Nursing Services in Hospitals

Division 515: Hospital Environmental and Maintenance Services

Division 520: Hospital Services

Division 525: Specialty Hospitals

Division 535: New Construction and Alterations of Existing Hospitals

Division 536: In-Home Care Agencies

Division 540: Caregiver Registries

Division 545: Purpose, Applicability and Definitions for Certificate of Need

Division 550: Projects or Proposals Subject to Certificate of Need Review

Division 555: Certificate of Need Letters of Intent

Division 560: Abbreviated Certificate of Need Review, Delay of Review, Waiver of Review for Facilities, and Expedited Review

Division 565: Certificate of Need Fees and Civil Penalties

Division 570: Certificate of Need Review Requirements and Procedures

Division 575: Monitoring of Implementation and Completion of Projects with Certificates of Need

Division 580: Certificate of Need Application Instructions and Forms

Division 585: General Criteria for Demonstration of Need in Certificate of Need Applications

Division 590: Demonstration of Need for Acute Inpatient Beds and Facilities

Division 600: Demonstration of Need for 24-Hour Health Facility Inpatient Chemical Dependency Services

Division 610: Demonstration of Need for Long-Term Care Services

Division 615: Demonstration of Need for Psychiatric Inpatient Beds

Division 645: Demonstration of Need for Rehabilitation Services

Division 670: Reconsideration of Certificate of Need Decision

Division 675: Project Plans and Construction Review for Health Care Facilities and Residential Care and Assisted Living Facilities

Division 700: Licensing Standards for Outpatient Renal Dialysis Facilities