2017 ORS 455.485¹
Special consideration for rural or remote areas
  • determination of compliance with fire, life safety and other building code standards

(1) When adopting the state building code, the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services shall give special consideration to the unique needs of construction in rural or remote parts of this state.

(2) Notwithstanding any description of State Fire Marshal duties in ORS 476.030 (Powers and duties of marshal and deputies generally), 476.033 (Discretionary powers of State Fire Marshal), 476.035 (Adjustments and variances in application of statutes and regulations), 476.150 (Entry and inspection of premises) or 476.155 (When judges authorized to issue inspection warrants), the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services or a local building official administering a building inspection program under ORS 455.148 (Comprehensive municipal building inspection programs) or 455.150 (Selective municipal building inspection programs) may determine whether the structure as set forth in the plans and specifications or as constructed meets the standards of the state building code, including but not limited to fire and life safety standards. The State Fire Marshal, or a local fire official for a governmental subdivision exempted from State Fire Marshal regulations as described under ORS 476.030 (Powers and duties of marshal and deputies generally), may provide advice to building officials, inspectors or Department of Consumer and Business Services employees concerning state building code standards. A local building official or department employee shall give consideration to advice of the State Fire Marshal or local fire official that does not conflict with the state building code, but shall retain the authority to make final decisions regarding the code. [2013 c.487 §2 and 2013 c.528 §3]

Note: 455.485 (Special consideration for rural or remote areas) was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 455 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 455—Building Code, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors455.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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.