Appeal from order to comply with fire prevention statutes
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(1) If the owner, lessee, agent or occupant is aggrieved by the order of an officer under the provisions of ORS 476.030 (Powers and duties of marshal and deputies generally), 479.170 (Ordering repair of, or removal of material from, buildings), 479.210 (“Institution” defined for ORS 479.215 to 479.220) to 479.220 (Institution inspection by State Fire Marshal), 480.123 (Use for repelling birds or other animals) to 480.160 (Local regulation and effect of state law), 480.330 (Operation of gasoline dispensing device by public prohibited), 480.340 (Coin-operated or self-service gasoline pumps prohibited), 480.420 (Liquefied petroleum gas rules and regulations) to 480.434 (Examination of applicants for licenses) or 480.450 (Notice of new installations) and desires a hearing, the person may complain or appeal in writing to the State Fire Marshal within 10 days from the service of the order. The complaint or appeal shall set forth the specific grounds of the complaint or appeal and no other ground shall be considered thereafter. The complaint or appeal shall be accompanied by a fee of $40 payable to the State Fire Marshal, and the State Fire Marshal may refer the complaint or appeal to the regional appeal advisory board established for that region by notifying the chairperson of that board and sending a copy of the notice to the complainant or appellant. The board shall fix a time for hearing and notify the complainant or appellant of the time and place thereof, which shall be within 10 days after such referral by the State Fire Marshal. If the State Fire Marshal does not refer the matter to a regional appeal advisory board, the State Fire Marshal shall fix a time and place, not less than five and not more than 10 days thereafter, when and where the complaint or appeal will be heard by the State Fire Marshal. Within 10 days after receiving a recommendation from the regional appeal advisory board, or if no referral was made to such board, within 10 days after the hearing before the State Fire Marshal, the State Fire Marshal may affirm, modify, revoke or vacate the order complained of or appealed from. Unless the order is modified, revoked or vacated by the State Fire Marshal, it shall remain in force and be complied with by the owner, lessee, agent or occupant, and within the time fixed in the order or fixed by the State Fire Marshal. If the State Fire Marshal vacates or revokes the order complained of or appealed from, or modified it in any particular other than extending time for compliance, the fee paid with the complaint or appeal shall be refunded. Otherwise, it shall be credited to appropriate state funds, and the State Fire Marshal shall so notify the State Treasurer.
(2) If the complainant or appellant under subsection (1) of this section is aggrieved by the final order of the State Fire Marshal, and if such order necessitates the expenditure of money or involves statutory interpretation, the complainant or appellant may, within 10 days thereafter, appeal to the circuit court of the county in which the property is situated, notifying the State Fire Marshal of the appeal within 10 days thereafter, which notice shall be in writing and delivered personally or by registered letter to the marshal, or left at the principal office of the State Fire Marshal at the state capital. The party so appealing shall, within two days after filing the appeal, file with the circuit court in which appeal is made a bond in an amount to be fixed by the court or judge, but in no case less than $100, with two sufficient sureties possessing the qualification of bail on arrest, the bond to be approved by the court and conditioned to pay all the costs on the appeal in case the appellant fails to sustain it or it is dismissed for any cause. In the case of an appeal involving an order under ORS 479.170 (Ordering repair of, or removal of material from, buildings), the circuit court shall hear and determine the appeal within 10 days after the date of filing the same.
(3) The State Fire Marshal shall make or have made a certified summary of the proceedings at the hearing before the regional appeal advisory board or before the State Fire Marshal, and together with all the evidentiary matter filed in the office of the State Fire Marshal or presented to the regional appeal advisory board, transmit them to the circuit court at least three days prior to the date fixed by the court for hearing when it shall be tried de novo. [Amended by 1965 c.602 §20; 1973 c.832 §9; 2011 c.97 §3]
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