OAR 812-008-0209


The Oregon certified home inspector shall observe:


Service entrance conductors;


Service equipment, grounding equipment, main overcurrent device, and distribution panels;


Amperage and voltage ratings of the service;


Branch circuit conductors, their overcurrent devices, and the compatibility of their amperages and voltages;


The operation of a representative number of installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the dwelling’s exterior walls;


The polarity and grounding of all receptacles within six feet of interior plumbing fixtures, and all receptacles in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures;


The operation of ground fault or arc fault circuit interrupters;


Smoke alarms; and


Carbon monoxide detectors.


The Oregon certified home inspector shall describe:


Service amperage and voltage;


Service entry conductor materials; and


Service type as being overhead or underground;


The Oregon certified home inspector shall report:


Any observed 110 volt aluminum branch circuit wiring; and


The presence or absence of smoke alarms, and operate their test function, if accessible, except when detectors are part of a central security system.


The Oregon certified home inspector is not required to:


Insert any tool, probe, or testing device inside the panels;


Test or operate any overcurrent device or safety device in the electrical service panel or elsewhere that may adversely affect the personal property of the resident;


Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove the covers of the main or auxiliary distribution panels;




Low-voltage systems except to report the presence of solenoid-type lighting systems;


Security system devices or heat detectors;


Telephone, security, TV, intercoms, lightening arrestors or other ancillary wiring that is not a part of the primary electrical distribution system; or


Built-in vacuum equipment.
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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