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Below you can find links to Building Codes and Authorities Having Jurisdiction for Portland, Oregon.

This information is obtained directly from the source -- the city, county and state building departments that issue these codes. If you find an error, please send an e-mail with the updated information to

Notes Concerning Oregon Building Codes

• Oregon has adopted a state-wide building code (Oregon Structural Specialty Code) based on the ICBO codes with amendments. Questions about Oregon’s Structural Specialty Code should be directed to, Building Codes Division, State of Oregon, (503) 378-4133.
• For additional information about Oregon’s energy code, contact the Office of Energy, (800) 221-8035.
• Zoning information for Portland can be found on the Web page for the City of Portland’s Planning Bureau.
The 2010 editions of the Oregon Codes for Structural, Mechanical, Energy Efficiency and Fire are effective July 1, 2010. More info here.

Portland Oregon Building Codes

Code TypeCode ModelAmendment Contact
Building/Dwelling Code2008 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (2006 IRC)Building Tech Bookstore, (800) 275-2665 or online
Structural Code2007 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (2006 IBC)Building Tech Bookstore, (800) 275-2665 or online
Plumbing Code2008 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (2006 UPC)Building Tech Bookstore, (800) 275-2665 or online
Mechanical Code2007 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (2006 IMC, 2006 IFGC)Building Tech Bookstore, (800) 275-2665 or online
Electrical Code2008 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (2008 NEC)(503) 823-7300 or Oregon Building Officials, (503) 823-7301
Fire/Life Safety Code2007 Oregon Fire CodeBuilding Tech Bookstore, (800) 275-2665 or online
Accessibility Code2007 Oregon Structural Specialty Code, Chapter 11Building Tech Bookstore, (800) 275-2665 or online
Energy Code2007 Oregon Structural Specialty Code, Chapter 13Building Tech Bookstore, (800) 275-2665 or online
Elevator Code2005 Oregon Elevator Specialty Code (2004 ASME A17.1 and 2002 ASME A17.3Building Tech Bookstore, (800) 275-2665 or online
Other Codes• In addition to the Oregon State Codes, Portland’s Bureau of Buildings regulates the following Codes of the City of Portland: Title 18 Noise Control; Title 24 Buildings; Title 25 Plumbing; Title 26 Electrical; Title 27 HVAC; Title 29 Housing; Title 32 Signs. For copies contact the City Auditor, (503) 823-4078, or online Copies of the building codes may be viewed at the following locations:
Multnomah County Library Central Branch
801 SW 10th Ave., Portland, Oregon
BDS Resource Center, Development Services Center
1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, Oregon. Hours: M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Oregon Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

Authorities Having Jurisdiction are those government officials who are the final authority on questions in a particular area (or jurisdiction).
Jurisdictional AreaContact
StructuralPermitting Services
Phone: (503) 823-7310
PlumbingPermitting Services
Phone: (503) 823-7310
MechanicalPermitting Services
Phone: (503) 823-7310
ElectricalPermitting Services
Phone: (503) 823-7310
CivilCity Engineer
Phone: (503) 823-5767
AccessibilityPermitting Services
Phone: (503) 823-7310
ZoningPlanning & Zoning
Phone: (503) 823-7526
PlanningPlanning & Zoning
Phone: (503) 823-7526
City AttorneyLinda Meng
City Attorney
Phone: (503) 823-4047
Fax: (503) 823-3089
Fire MarshalFire Marshal's Office
Phone: (503) 823-3700
Parks/RecreationZari Santner
Phone: (503) 823-7529

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