Administrative Procedures Act

ORS 183.355
Filing and taking effect of rules

  • filing of executive orders
  • copies
  • fees
  • rules


The Secretary of State shall by rule prescribe requirements for the manner and form for filing rules adopted, amended or repealed by agencies. The Secretary of State may refuse to accept for filing any rules that do not comply with the requirements.


(a) Each agency shall file with the office of the Secretary of State each rule adopted by the agency.


Unless otherwise provided by rule adopted by the Secretary of State, an agency adopting a rule incorporating published standards by reference is not required to file a copy of those standards with the Secretary of State if:


The standards adopted are unusually voluminous and costly to reproduce; and


The rule filed with the Secretary of State identifies the location of the standards so incorporated and the conditions of their availability to the public.


Each rule is effective upon filing as required by subsection (2) of this section, except that:


If a later effective date is required by statute or specified in the rule, the later date is the effective date.


A temporary rule becomes effective upon filing with the Secretary of State, or at a designated later date, only if the statement required by ORS 183.335 (Notice) (5) is filed with the rule. The agency shall take appropriate measures to make temporary rules known to the persons who may be affected by them.


When a rule is amended or repealed by an agency, the agency shall file the amendment or notice of repeal with the Secretary of State.


A certified copy of each executive order issued, prescribed or promulgated by the Governor shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.


A rule is not valid or effective against any person or party until the rule is filed in accordance with this section. However, if an agency, in disposing of a contested case, announces in its decision the adoption of a general policy applicable to the case and subsequent cases of like nature the agency may rely upon the decision in disposition of later cases.


The Secretary of State shall, upon request, supply copies of rules, or orders or designated parts of rules or orders, in the format requested, making and collecting therefor fees prescribed by ORS 177.130 (Fees of the Secretary of State). All receipts from the sale of copies shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Secretary of State Miscellaneous Receipts Account established under ORS 279A.290 (Miscellaneous receipts accounts).


The Secretary of State shall establish and collect fees from agencies filing rules under this section. The fees shall be established in amounts calculated to be necessary to generate revenues adequate to pay costs incurred by the Secretary of State in performing the following duties that are not paid for by subscriber fees or other fees prescribed by law:


Publication of the compilation referred to in ORS 183.360 (Publication of rules and orders) (1);


Electronic publication of the bulletin referred to in ORS 183.360 (Publication of rules and orders) (3); and


Electronic publication of rules and other information relating to rules under ORS 183.365 (Publication of administrative rules in electronic form).


All fees collected under subsection (8) of this section shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Secretary of State Miscellaneous Receipts Account established under ORS 279A.290 (Miscellaneous receipts accounts).


No later than 10 days after an agency files an adopted, amended or repealed rule with the Secretary of State, other than a rule amended for a purpose described in ORS 183.335 (Notice) (7), the Secretary of State shall:


Electronically transmit the rule to the Legislative Counsel in accordance with ORS 183.715 (Submission of adopted rule to Legislative Counsel required); and


Provide to the agency that filed the rule a written confirmation that the rule was transmitted to the Legislative Counsel. [1971 c.734 §5; 1973 c.612 §2; 1975 c.759 §7; 1977 c.798 §2b; 1979 c.593 §13; 1991 c.169 §2; 2003 c.794 §207; 2009 c.289 §1; 2017 c.518 §3]

Notes of Decisions

It was not abuse of discretion for Employment Relations Board to adopt and apply, in course of contested case, rule that it is "per se" violation of duty to bargain in good faith for employer to make unilateral change regarding mandatory bargaining subject while employer has duty to bargain. Wasco County v. AFSCME, 46 Or App 859, 613 P2d 1067 (1980)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Application of filing requirements and statement requirements to rule-making proceedings substantially completed prior to effective date, (1978) Vol 38, p 1939

§§ 183.330 to 183.400

Notes of Decisions

Where there were validly promulgated rules regarding situations analogous to requirement that petitioner, as condition of receiving further medical assistance, make monthly repayment of overpayments of public assistance funds, adjudication was desirable to establish rule to resolve instant case and subsequent similar situations. Larsen v. Adult and Family Services Division, 34 Or App 615, 579 P2d 866 (1978)

Law Review Citations

4 EL 215, 217 (1974)

§§ 183.310 to 183.550

See annotations under ORS chapter 183.

Chapter 183

Notes of Decisions

A legislative delegation of power in terms as broad as those used in [former] ORS 471.295 (1) places upon the administrative agency a responsibility to establish standards by which the law is to be applied. Sun Ray Drive-in Dairy, Inc. v. Ore. Liquor Control Comm., 16 Or App 63, 517 P2d 289 (1973)

Administrative regulation providing that failure to perform responsibilities adequately was a ground for employee's dismissal. Palen v. State Bd. of Higher Educ., 18 Or App 442, 525 P2d 1047 (1974), Sup Ct review denied

Where it was determined that agency invalidly terminated substantive policy, trial court did not have authority to order agency to resume policy in absence of validly adopted agency rule. Burke v. Children's Services Division, 39 Or App 819, 593 P2d 1262 (1979), aff'd 288 Or 533, 607 P2d 141 (1980)

"Trending factors" published by the Department of Revenue and used to appraise property for purposes of property taxation are not "rules" within the meaning of this chapter. Borden Inc. v. Dept. of Rev., 286 Or 567, 595 P2d 1372 (1979)

Appellate court may review proceeding meeting definition of contested case whether or not proceeding was formal administrative hearing. Patton v. State Bd. of Higher Ed., 293 Or 363, 647 P2d 931 (1982)

Circuit court could not entertain action for declaratory judgment directed at PERS, because PERS is subject to APA, which provides exclusive method for review of its actions. FOPPO v. County of Marion, 93 Or App 93, 760 P2d 1353 (1988), Sup Ct review denied

Board of Education approval of textbook for use in state public schools was not "rule," but was "order in other than contested case," and jurisdiction for judicial review is in circuit court. Oregon Env. Council v. Oregon State Bd. of Ed., 307 Or 30, 761 P2d 1322 (1988)

Preponderance of evidence standard applies where initial license application is denied based on willful fraud. Sobel v. Board of Pharmacy, 130 Or App 374, 882 P2d 606 (1994), Sup Ct review denied

Completed Citations

Wright v. Bateson, 5 Or App 628, 485 P2d 641 (1971), Sup Ct review denied, cert. denied, 405 US 930 (1972)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

State Speed Control Board subject to Administrative Procedures Act, (1974) Vol 36, p 1024; proxy voting at board meeting, (1974) Vol 36, p 1064; student conduct proceedings as "contested cases," (1976) Vol 37, p 1461; rulemaking authority of Statewide Health Coordinating Council and of Certificate of Need Appeals Board, (1977) Vol 38, p 1229; Oregon Medical Insurance Pool is fundamentally private-sector body, under virtually total private control, created by state to fulfill public purpose and is not state agency or public body subject to Administrative Procedures Act (APA), (1989) Vol 46, p 155

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 245 (1971); 53 OLR 364, 365 (1974); 10 WLJ 373, 420 (1974); 13 WLJ 499, 517, 525, 537 (1977); 57 OLR 334 (1978); 22 WLR 355 (1986); 36 WLR 219 (2000)


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