ORS 479.820¹
Duties and powers in enforcing law

(1) The Department of Consumer and Business Services shall:

(a) Check the authenticity, appropriateness and expiration dates of licenses issued under ORS 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license).

(b) Inspect electrical installations and products for which a permit or license is required by ORS 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license).

(c) Inspect permits attached to electrical installations or products for which a permit is required by ORS 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license).

(2) If the department finds that the electrical installation or product fails to comply with minimum safety standards or electrical product safety standards, the department may disconnect or order the disconnection of service thereto.

(3) If the department finds that the condition of an electrical installation or product constitutes an immediate hazard to life or property, the department may cut or disconnect any wire necessary to remove such hazard or take corrective action as provided by rules adopted under ORS 479.730 (Adoption of rules by Director of Department of Consumer and Business Services).

(4) Upon written request of appropriate municipal personnel, the department may make inspections of electrical installations and products within cities and counties. Such inspections shall be made at cost, in accordance with local municipal ordinances, payable on a monthly basis.

(5) For the purpose of discharging any duty imposed by ORS 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license) and 479.995 (Civil penalty for violation of ORS 479.510 to 479.945) or exercising authority conferred hereby the department may enter, during reasonable hours, any building, enclosure, or upon any premises where electrical work is in progress, where an electrical installation has been made or where electrical equipment or products may be located.

(6) A person may not obstruct or interfere with the department in performance of any of the department’s duties or the exercise of any authority conferred under this section. [1959 c.406 §§24,25; 1973 c.834 §37; 1981 c.815 §3; 2003 c.14 §330; 2003 c.299 §7]

Notes of Decisions

Where plaintiff failed to obtain electrical installa­tion permit, plaintiff’s failure is not viola­tion of require­ment to meet “min­i­mum safety standards” under subsec­tion (2) of this sec­tion because that phrase means Electrical Specialty Code adopted by Depart­ment of Consumer and Business Services, and depart­ment or depart­ment’s delegate is not authorized to disconnect plaintiff’s electrical service. BoardMaster Corp. v. Glass, 272 Or App 341, 356 P3d 1126 (2015)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 479—Protection of Buildings From Fire; Electrical Safety Law, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors479.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 479, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano479.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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