Building Codes Division
1535 Edgewater Street NW
Salem, OR 97304
Phone: 503-378-4133 or 1-800-442-7457
Codes in Oregon are adopted as statewide codes. Statutory authority is granted to the Oregon Building Codes Division to adopt building codes by administrative rulemaking. Building 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.
The tall mass timber provisions went into effect in 2019.
No apparent amendments negatively involving wood construction.
Expected by Summer of 2022
The State is in the process of adopting their Oregon Structural Specialty Code as noted in the following link Building Codes Division : Oregon Structural Specialty Code adoption : Codes and standards : State of Oregon
The State adopted the 2018 editions of the I-Codes in late 2019 and the 2021 IBC tall mass timber building provisions are permitted under two Statewide Alternate Means (SAM) processes. Updating of the code itself, which will incorporate provisions of the SAM, is expected in 2020.
Page last updated: February 2022