2017 ORS 447.124¹
Inspection of compost toilets
  • orders to remedy violations
  • action against security bond
  • review of orders
  • costs as lien against dwelling

For the purpose of enforcing ORS 447.118 (Standards for compost toilets) and the rules adopted thereunder, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, with the assistance of the Oregon Health Authority:

(1) May conduct periodic inspections of any compost toilet;

(2) Upon making a finding that a compost toilet is in violation of the rules adopted pursuant to ORS 447.118 (Standards for compost toilets) (2), may issue an order requiring the owner of the dwelling served by the compost toilet to take action necessary to correct the violation; and

(3) Upon making a finding that a compost toilet presents or threatens to present a public health hazard creating an emergency requiring immediate action to protect the public health, safety or welfare, may issue an order requiring the owner of the dwelling served by the compost toilet to take any action necessary to remove such hazard or threat thereof. If such owner fails to take the actions required by such order, the department shall take such action, itself or by contract with outside parties, as necessary to remove the hazard or threat thereof. The department shall keep a record of all necessary expenses incurred by the department in carrying out such action, including a reasonable charge for costs incurred and equipment and materials utilized by the state. Any owner who fails to take action required by an order issued under this subsection shall be responsible for such necessary expenses incurred by the state. Based on the record compiled by the department, an owner responsible for expenses due to the failure of a manufacturer, distributor or person to comply with the rules adopted under ORS 447.118 (Standards for compost toilets) (2) shall have a setoff against the bond or other security forfeited under ORS 447.118 (Standards for compost toilets) (3) to the extent that such expenses are due to such failure of the manufacturer, distributor or person. The department shall make a finding and enter an order against the owner for the necessary expenses. Orders issued under this section may be appealed pursuant to ORS chapter 183 but not as a contested case. Any amount due the department under this subsection and not paid in full within 30 days after the order is entered, or, if the order is appealed, within 30 days after there is no further right to appeal, shall become a lien upon the dwelling of the owner. The department shall file a notice of the lien with the recording officer of the county in which the dwelling is located and the recording officer shall record the notice in a manner designed to appear in the mortgage records of the county.

(4) The department may contract with any state or local agency for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this section. [1977 c.523 §4; 1983 c.740 §167; 2009 c.595 §826]

Chapter 447

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Employ­ment of journeyman plumbers to construct drain and sewerage lines, (1976) Vol 37, p 1404; nonprofit community ac­tion agency using licensed plumber to make potable wa­ter connec­tions in installa­tion of solar energy devices, (1979) Vol 40, p 134

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 447—Plumbing; Architectural Barriers, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors447.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 447, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano447.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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.