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Oregon Defensible Space Code

Under Senate Bill 762, the Office of State Fire Marshal is mandated to adopt a statewide minimum defensible space code. The OSFM will use its standing code considerations, development, and adoption process. Agencies, interest groups, and individuals are welcome to provide inputs during the adoption process. The OSFM and stakeholders will go through the code adoption process using the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code model language, specifically utilizing sections 603 and 604 per the Senate Bill762 mandate. Upon adopting the new Oregon Defensible Space Code, the OSFM will re-evaluate every three (3) years and follow the same systematic policies and practices currently in place for the Oregon Fire Code.

In the future, the collaboratively developed code will apply to lands that meet the definition of the wildland-urban interface (WUI). The rules develop the definition of the WUI, define the criteria associated with the definition, and develop a comprehensive statewide map that identifies the wildland-urban interface and risk levels is being discussed in a Rules Advisory Committee facilitated by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The OSFM is engaged with the Rule Advisory Committees (RAC). 

Oregon Defensible Space Code Meetings

February 23, 2022 - 10:00 AM 

April 27, 2022 - 8:30 AM

May 18, 2022 - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
     Meeting Recording

June 8, 2022 - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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Public Comment:

There is an opportunity for public comment at these meetings. However, we ask those providing comments to keep their comments to 3 minutes or under to allow for space for other commenters in the schedule. To sign up for public comment, please complete the form ahead of the Committee meetings. Oregon Defensible Space Code Committee Public Comment


Chad Hawkins Assistant Chief Deputy
Fire & Life Safety Services
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317

Phone: 503-934-8252

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Defensible Space
Program Coordinator
  -closes June 8, 2022