Rural Fire Protection Districts

ORS 478.880
Legislative findings

The Legislative Assembly finds and declares that:


The best interest of the state is served by providing financial incentives for the installation of fire safety systems in multifamily housing.


The design and nature of multifamily housing creates a higher fire risk than the risk to single family housing and exposes tenants to fire risks that are not within the control of the tenants.


The presence of fire safety systems helps to defray costs for fire district equipment and equipment maintenance.


Although the state building code allows local jurisdictions to require the installation of fire safety systems in new construction on a cost-neutral basis, there is no equivalent program for retrofitting or remodeling existing multifamily structures.


A fire safety incentive program serves the purpose of providing financial incentive for the installation of fire safety systems in existing multifamily housing. [2001 c.614 §1]
Note: 478.880 (Legislative findings) and 478.885 (Payment or repayment for cost of fire safety system installation in multifamily housing) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 478 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Chapter 478

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Propriety of office holding of a land owning nonresident elected director of a rural fire protection district, (1975) Vol 37, p 873

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 53 (1971)


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