Oregon Building Code

Oregon Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: 5/23/21

Oregon Building Code Agency:

Department of Consumer & Business Services (BCD)
Building Codes Division
P.O. Box 14470
Salem, OR 97309-0404
(503) 378-4133

Email: info@state.or.us

Website: https://www.oregon.gov/bcd/Pages/index.aspx

What Oregon Building Code and Editions Are Adopted?

  • 2018 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2018 International Fire Code (IFC)
  • 2017 National Electric Code (NEC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), (Multi-Family) ASHRAE Standard 90.1 (Commercial)

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

Notes: The Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) is based on NEC-2017 with amendments that are based on local geographic, climactic, or geologic conditions. Oregon also does not adopt the IRC, and Oregon does not adopt the IRC and has developed its own “Low-Rise Residential Code” to cover residential dwellings up to three stories.

Oregon Building Code are adopted as statewide codes. Statutory authority is granted to the Oregon Building Code Division to adopt building codes by administrative rulemaking. Buildings codes in the state are adopted as the “state program” and all local jurisdictions must enforce the state code, to the state agency’s specified level of enforcement. Fire code adoption is an administrative responsibility of the State Fire Marshal. The state adopted fire code is considered the “minimum” standard statewide. Local jurisdictions may adopt a fire code provided it is at least as restrictive as the code adopted by the State Fire Marshal.

See Building Codes By State Here

State Website https://www.oregon.gov/
State Licensing Commercial and Residential Contractors License Required.
State Building Code The State of Oregon has adopted the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (in reference to the 2012 International Building Code, IBC), the 2017 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (in reference to the 2015 International Residential Code, IRC), the 2017 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (in reference to the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code, UPC), the 2017 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (in reference to 2017 National Electrical Code, NEC), and the 2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (in reference to the 2012 International Mechanical Code, IMC).
State Licensing Division https://www.ccb.state.or.us
State Fire Marshall https://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/
State Environmental Permit https://www.oregon.gov/DEQ/
Oregon Building Code by County
Oregon Construction Code by County

Additional Building Codes by State

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Code Title
Code Adopted
Technical Bases
Building Code
2012 IBC
Residential Code
2015 IRC
Fire Code
2012 IFC
Electric Code
2014 NEC
Mechanical Code
2012 IMC
Plumbing Code
Not Adopted
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fuel and Gas Code
2012 IFGC
Green Construction Code
2009 IgCC
Energy Conservation Code
2012 IECC
Property Maintenance Code
Not Adopted
Existing Buildings Code
Not Adopted
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
Not Adopted
Accessibility Code
Wildfire/Wildlife Urban Interface Code
Not Adopted
Zoning Code
Not Adopted
Fire Life Safety Code

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