Building Code

ORS 455.475
Appeal of decision of building official


An applicant for a building permit may appeal a decision made by a building official under authority established pursuant to ORS 455.148 (Comprehensive municipal building inspection programs), 455.150 (Selective municipal building inspection programs) or 455.467 (Timelines for approval or disapproval of certain specialty code building plans). The following apply to an appeal under this subsection:


An appeal regarding the interpretation or application of a particular specialty code provision shall be made first to the appropriate specialty code chief inspector of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. The decision of the department chief inspector may be appealed to the appropriate advisory board. The decision of the advisory board may only be appealed to the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services if codes in addition to the applicable specialty code are at issue.


If the appropriate advisory board determines that a decision by the department chief inspector is a major code interpretation, then the inspector shall distribute the decision in writing to all applicable specialty code public and private inspection authorities in the state. The decision shall be distributed within 60 days after the board’s determination, and there shall be no charge for the distribution of the decision. As used in this paragraph, a “major code interpretation” means a code interpretation decision that affects or may affect more than one job site or more than one inspection jurisdiction.


Except as provided in subsection (1) of this section, an applicant for a building permit may appeal the decision of a building official on any matter relating to the administration and enforcement of this chapter to the department. The appeal must be in writing. A decision by the department on an appeal filed under this subsection is subject to judicial review as provided in ORS 183.484 (Jurisdiction for review of orders other than contested cases).


If an appeal is made under this section, an inspection authority shall extend the plan review deadline by the number of days it takes for a final decision to be issued for the appeal. [1999 c.1045 §23; 2001 c.573 §15; 2013 c.528 §13]
Note: See note under 455.455 (Building inspection and plan review).


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