2015 ORS 30.788¹
Liability of architect, engineer, inspector or building evaluator for emergency relief services

(1) An action for damages arising out of the practice of architecture, as defined in ORS 671.010 (Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220), may not be maintained by any person against an architect for services rendered by the architect under the provisions of this section.

(2) An action for damages arising out of the practice of engineering, as described in ORS 672.007 (Acts constituting practice of engineering, land surveying or photogrammetric mapping), may not be maintained by any person against an engineer for structural engineering services rendered by the engineer under the provisions of this section.

(3) An action for damages arising out of the provision of building code inspections, plan reviews or post-disaster building evaluations may not be maintained by any person against a certified inspector or certified building evaluator if the inspector or building evaluator is providing building code inspections, plan reviews or post-disaster building evaluations under the provisions of this section and the inspector or building evaluator is operating within the scope of the certification.

(4) The immunity provided by this section applies only to services that meet all of the following requirements:

(a) The services are rendered without compensation.

(b) The services are rendered within 60 days after the Governor declares a state of emergency under the provisions of ORS 401.165 (Declaration of state of emergency).

(c) The services are rendered to assist in relief efforts arising out of the emergency giving rise to the declaration of emergency.

(5) This section does not affect the liability of any architect, engineer, inspector or building evaluator for gross negligence or intentional torts.

(6) The immunity provided by this section applies only to:

(a) Inspectors certified under ORS 455.715 (Definitions for ORS 455.715 to 455.740) to 455.740 (Denial of certificate);

(b) Building evaluators certified for post-disaster building evaluation by the Department of Consumer and Business Services;

(c) Architects who are registered under ORS 671.010 (Definitions for ORS 671.010 to 671.220) to 671.220 (Civil penalties);

(d) Engineers who are registered under ORS 672.002 (Definitions for ORS 672.002 to 672.325) to 672.325 (Civil penalties); and

(e) Architects and engineers who are licensed or registered under the laws of another state. [1995 c.616 §1; 2009 c.259 §19; 2013 c.196 §15]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 30—Actions and Suits in Particular Cases, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors030.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.