Building Code

ORS 455.737
Experience and training outside Oregon

  • examination
  • rulemaking


Notwithstanding ORS 455.720 (Standards and qualifications for personnel) (1), the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, by rule, shall adopt criteria for review of the experience and training in building inspection and building plan review acquired by a person outside the State of Oregon. The criteria shall be adopted in a manner that facilitates review of a person’s qualifications by a local building official.



A local building official who wishes to employ a person who is not certified under ORS 455.735 (Issuance and renewal of certificates) as an inspector shall submit the person’s qualifications to the director. The director shall review the stated qualifications against the criteria adopted under subsection (1) of this section, including verification of experience and training. The director shall respond to the local building official in writing within 10 working days of receiving the applicant’s qualifications, stating whether the person meets the applicable criteria.


Upon application and payment of the required fee, the director shall allow a person whose qualifications meet the criteria adopted under subsection (1) of this section to sit for any examination necessary for the required certification. [1997 c.677 §2; 2005 c.758 §21d]
Note: Section 4, chapter 677, Oregon Laws 1997, provides:
Sec. 4. The provisions of ORS 455.035 (Effective date of rules) are waived with respect to any rules adopted under section 2 of this Act [455.737 (Experience and training outside Oregon)] or ORS 479.810 (Administration and enforcement) as amended by section 3 of this Act. [1997 c.677 §4]


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