ORS 447.250¹
Waiver or modification of standards and specifications
  • appeals board
  • procedures
  • fees

(1) When a person or governmental entity undertaking the construction, renovation, alteration or modification of an affected building or its related facilities determines that a particular standard or specification exceeds the standards or specifications imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, and that full compliance with the standard or specification is impractical in that it would defeat the purpose of the project proposed or in process, it may apply to the appeals board having jurisdiction over the project for a waiver or modification of such standard or specification, setting forth the reasons for its determination and a proposal for the work complying with the particular standard or specification to the maximum extent that it considers practical.

(2)(a) For projects involving a state correctional facility as defined in ORS 421.005 (Definitions) (2), or a local correctional facility, as defined in ORS 169.005 (Definitions for ORS 169.005 to 169.685 and 169.730 to 169.800), the appeals board referred to in subsection (1) of this section is the Building Codes Structures Board established under ORS 455.132 (Building Codes Structures Board).

(b) For all other projects, the appeals board referred to in subsection (1) of this section is the appeals board established under ORS 455.020 (Purpose) (4) by the municipality having jurisdiction over the project.

(3) The appeals board shall thereupon investigate the application. The board in its investigation shall be required to seek the advice of the Oregon Disabilities Commission or its designee in dealing with architectural barrier waivers. If the appeals board finds that the proposal submitted with the application would constitute a substantial compliance with, or an acceptable alternative to, the particular standard or specification in view of the objectives of ORS 447.210 (Definitions for ORS 447.210 to 447.280) to 447.280 (Enforcement powers), the waiver shall be granted. If the board finds otherwise, the application shall be promptly denied with notice to the requesting person or governmental entity of the denial.

(4) The findings of the appeals board shall include the estimated building costs and the additional cost of construction to conform to the requirements of ORS 447.210 (Definitions for ORS 447.210 to 447.280) to 447.280 (Enforcement powers) over the cost of a nonconforming feature or any other special reason or circumstance that, in the judgment of the board, justifies the decision.

(5) Any person aggrieved by the final decision of an appeals board may within 30 days of the decision appeal to the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. In the case where no appeals board has been created the director shall have original jurisdiction of an application for a waiver. The applicant for a waiver or an appeal shall submit a fee of $20 payable to the director with the request for waiver or appeal. In determining an appeal or an original application, the procedures and standards of subsections (1) to (4) of this section shall apply to the director. [1971 c.320 §5; 1973 c.539 §7; 1979 c.133 §4; 1987 c.672 §3; 1989 c.224 §115; 1989 c.703 §2; 1993 c.744 §78; 1995 c.307 §3; 2001 c.517 §6]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applicability of the “architectural barriers” law to office space and other work and service areas in public buildings, (1973) Vol 36, p 514; applica­tion to low income housing financed under ORS 456.550 (Policy) to 456.720 (Housing Finance Fund), (1976) Vol 38, p 429

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 (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 447, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano447.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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