Building Codes Division

Office location
1535 Edgewater Street NW
Salem, OR 97304
Phone: 503-378-4133 or 1-800-442-7457

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:
2021 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC)
​2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC)
2021 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC)
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

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.

Tall Mass Timber Adoption

The tall mass timber provisions went into effect in 2019.

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

No apparent amendments negatively involving wood construction.

Expected date most recent code will be adopted:

Expected by Summer of 2022 

Next Update Cycle:

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 


Tall Mass Timber

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