OAR 918-020-0095
Program Assumption Procedures


Assumption of building inspection programs shall be approved only under ORS Chapters 455 and 479 and these rules, for municipalities meeting the following minimum standards. Municipalities requesting to assume new programs or additional parts of a program must provide a full-service program as described in ORS Chapter 455 (Building Code). The municipality shall prepare an assumption plan demonstrating its ability to:


Administer the program for at least four years;


Maintain or improve upon service levels presently provided to the area, including identifying proposed staffing, service contracts and intergovernmental agreements for at least the first two years;


Operate a program that is financially feasible for at least two years without unduly increasing short-term and long-term costs of services to the public, in the areas administered by the municipality. Information showing how the program will be financially feasible shall include an estimate of anticipated revenues and expenditures, the assumptions on which the estimates are based, and an explanation of how losses, if any, will be funded; and


Transition the program from the previous service provider including developing a method for:


Transferring responsibility for existing buildings, open plan reviews, permits and inspections and corresponding revenues for completion of outstanding work;


Transferring any pending enforcement actions;


Informing contractors and others of the change of inspecting jurisdictions, jurisdictional boundaries and requirements for plan review, permits and inspections; and


Transferring any affected employees consistent with ORS 236.605 (Definitions for ORS 236.605 to 236.640).


A municipality requesting to administer and enforce a new full-service building inspection program under ORS 455.148 (Comprehensive municipal building inspection programs), or part of a building inspection program to become full-service under ORS 455.148 (Comprehensive municipal building inspection programs) and 455.150 (Selective municipal building inspection programs) shall, by October 1:


Submit a completed division program request form describing the specialty codes the municipality intends to administer effective July 1 of the following year, and provide the following:


An assumption plan as required in ORS 455.148 (Comprehensive municipal building inspection programs) and Section (1) of this rule;


An operating plan as described in OAR 918-020-0090 (Program Standards);


A schedule, including the date, time, place and subject matter, of any proposed meetings of public or advisory bodies, where public comments will be received concerning their proposal to assume a full-service program or part of a program;


Evidence of compliance with the notice and consultation requirements of this section; and


When a municipality reapplies to assume administration of a program that was previously revoked, the application shall include an explanation of how past deficiencies were corrected and how they will be prevented in the future, and it shall meet the requirements of ORS 455.148 (Comprehensive municipal building inspection programs) and 455.150 (Selective municipal building inspection programs) including timelines and full-service coverage.


Consult with the jurisdiction from whom the program will be assumed, to:


Notify them of the intent to assume the program;


Discuss with them any impacts on their existing program;


Attempt to resolve any negative impacts; and


Attempt to reach agreement on the method of providing services in the area.


Upon receipt of an application for program assumption from a municipality, the division shall, by October 15, notify in writing all persons on the division maintained interested party mailing list.


Objections to proposed program assumptions, including or related to, claims of economic impairment by the division or the municipality potentially losing the program, shall be received within 30 days of notice and shall include:


An explanation of the objection to the proposed program assumption;


Identification of the required program standard that is believed not to be met; and


When related to economic impairment, the information provided shall include projected impact on the existing building inspection program revenues, expenses, and staffing levels and the ability to continue carrying out remaining portions of the affected program.


When reviewing the objections, the division shall consider the criteria established in ORS 455.152 (Objections to municipal assumption of building inspection program) and whether the objections relate to the ability of the municipality to effectively carry out the program and meet the required standards of applicable statutes and rules.


The municipality requesting administration of a program shall confirm its intent to proceed with its application and submit final information to the division by January 1.


By April 1 the division shall approve or deny the request. A request may be denied when the municipality failed to meet any of the standards and timelines for assumption set forth in ORS Chapters 455 and 479 and the rules adopted thereunder, or when a claim of economic impairment is not resolved to the satisfaction of the director.


Municipalities approved to assume programs may do so effective July 1.


By September 1, the municipality shall submit a final approved copy of all applicable ordinances and fee schedules.

Source: Rule 918-020-0095 — Program Assumption Procedures, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=918-020-0095.

Relationship of Delegation Rules to Statute
Cooperation with Other Agencies
Purpose and Scope
Delegation of Building Inspection Programs
Program Standards
Citation Process for Licensing Violations
Program Assumption for State-Administered Jurisdictions
Program Assumption Procedures
Renewal of Existing Programs
Reporting Periods
Program Review
Review Procedures
Nonconformance Notice and Program Revocation
Fee Adoption Standards
Local Amendment Requests
Electric Vehicle Ready Parking
Alternative Approval Process for Single-Family Dwelling Conversions
Statewide Master Builder Program — Application, Scope and Purpose
Statewide Master Builder Program — Definitions
Statewide Master Builder Program — Training and Experience Required of an Individual
Voluntary Establishment of a Master Builder Program
Statewide Master Builder Program — Inspection Requirements that May Be Waived
Statewide Master Builder Program — Criteria to Waive Inspections or Plan Review
Statewide Master Builder Program — Verification Requirements
Statewide Master Builder Program — Assumption of Responsibility
Statewide Master Builder Program — Revocation of Waiver
Statewide Master Builder Program — Effective Dates
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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