Building Code

ORS 455.058
Investigation fee for work commenced without permit

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Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, or a municipality administering and enforcing a building inspection program, may assess an investigation fee against a person that is required to obtain a permit for work on the electrical, gas, mechanical, elevator, boiler, plumbing or other systems of a building or structure if the work is commenced before the permit required for the work is obtained. The amount of the investigation fee shall be the average or actual additional cost of ensuring that a building, structure or system is in conformance with state building code requirements that results from the person not obtaining a required permit before work for which the permit is required commences.


This section does not apply to:


An emergency repair required for health, safety, the prevention of property damage or the prevention of financial harm if the required building permit for the repair is obtained no later than five business days after commencement of the repair; or


Any project for which construction, alteration, repair, maintenance or installation in a building or structure prior to obtaining a permit is expressly authorized by law.


The department may adopt rules and establish policies and procedures for use by the department or municipalities in assessing an investigation fee under this section. [2013 c.324 §2]
Note: 455.058 (Investigation fee for work commenced without permit) was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 455 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


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May 30, 2023