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2021 Code Change Update
The Building Codes Division (BCD) recently completed the rule making process to create the 2021 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC), the 2021 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC), and the 2021 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC). These codes will be adopted on April 1, 2021. On April 1, any new plumbing or electrical permit applications will need to comply with the 2021 code. BCD is providing a six-month phase-in period for the ORSC. Between April 1 and September 30, projects can be submitted to either the 2017 ORSC or the 2021 ORSC. Where a code is not noted on the application or construction documents, we will be reviewing projects as the 2017 ORSC through September.
In preparation for the 2021 codes, we have created the following inspection checklists as part of our quality assurance program.
- 2021 Oregon Residential Specialty Code – New Home Inspection Checklist
- 2021 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code – Electrical Inspection Checklist
- 2021 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code – Plumbing Inspection Checklist
These checklists, while covering most general requirements, are primarily focused on residential units.
To assist in this code change, we have reviewed the changes from the 2017 version of these codes and have highlighted those changes staff feel will likely impact most projects in our 2021 Code Change Guide.
In response to the Governor’s Stay Home, Save Lives executive order and for the protection of your staff and ours, the City’s Building Division is implementing a few changes to our processes to continue to provide essential services to you and your clients.
All projects will need to be submitted electronically.
Inspections will be limited to AM only with the following parameters:
- The space requiring inspection, or access to the area being inspected, needs to remain unoccupied before and through our inspection staff leaving in order to minimize exposure.
- In occupied homes, all parties will need to wear approved masks during the inspection and maintain 6-feet distance apart.
- Due to staff availability, we will be limiting the number of scheduled inspections in the day and may need to roll inspections over to another business day.
Reminder: All inspection requests will need to go through cityofalbany.net/inspections.
We understand these changes will impact your projects and we tried to develop safeguards that can allow us to continue to provide inspections while minimizing impacts to your projects.