Chapter 24.20 Special Inspections


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(Chapter substituted by Ordinance No. 160581, effective Apr. 18, 1988.)

24.20.010 General.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 169905, effective Apr. 1, 1996.)

A. In addition to the inspections required under Section 108 of the Structural Specialty Code, the owner or the owner’s agent shall employ a Special Inspector during construction of the types of work specified in Section 1701 of the Structural Specialty Code or for cases specifically required by the Director.

B. The Director shall have the authority to adopt and enforce written rules concerning the conduct and administration of special inspections in the City of Portland.


24.20.020 Advisory Board for Special Inspections.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 161315 and 176955, effective October 9, 2002.)

A. There is hereby created an Advisory Board for Special Inspections. Such Board members shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall consist of two members and two alternates licensed to practice structural engineering in the State of Oregon, one member and one alternate licensed to practice architecture in the State of Oregon, one member and one alternate representing a testing laboratory and one member and one alternate who are Class A Special Inspectors. In addition, the Director of the Bureau of Development Services, or his or her designee, shall be an ex-officio member of the Advisory Board for Special Inspections. Members shall serve three-year terms and may be appointed to consecutive terms.

B. Any member of the Board may be removed from office by the Mayor for malfeasance in office or neglect of duty at any time during his or her tenure.

C. The duties of the Board shall include:

1. Assist the Director with reviewing the applications for examination of the Special Inspectors;

2. Assist the Director with the administration of the Special Inspector examinations;

3. Reviewing the Special Inspections Program of the Bureau of Development Services on a periodic basis for the purpose of recommending procedural improvements to the Director.

D. The Board shall elect a chairperson, adopt rules of procedure and set the time and place for meetings. Written minutes of all meetings and results of all examinations shall be made and kept subject to the requirements and limitations of ORS 192.410 to ORS 92.500.

E. A simple majority vote of a quorum present at any meeting shall decide any matter coming before the Board.

F. The Board may appoint representatives of affected industries or specialists in specific fields to serve in an advisory capacity.

G. At the end of each fiscal year, a report of work performed shall be sent to the City Council.


24.20.030 Qualifications and Certification of Special Inspectors.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 161315 and 176955, effective October 9, 2002.) Special Inspections shall be either denominated "Class A," "Class B - Trainee," or "Class C" Special Inspectors.

A. "Class A" Special Inspectors. As minimum evidence for qualification of certification as a Special Inspector, an applicant shall successfully complete a written and oral examination prescribed by the Director as well as providing evidence sufficient to show that the Applicant has met one of the following experience prerequisites:

1. At least 3 years of experience in construction inspection, testing or design work, of such nature or character as the Director may by rule provide; or

2. Successful completion of a training program of such nature or character as the Director may by rule provide. Application for examination for certification as a Class A Special Inspector shall be made by submission of a completed form furnished by the Director and payment of the certification fee. A separate application shall be submitted for each category of certification desired. When satisfied as to their experience and after satisfactory completion of the examination, the Director shall issue certificates to Class A Special Inspectors. Such certificates will be valid for one year from the date of issuance. Class A Special Inspectors must apply for renewal within 30 days following expiration of an existing certificate.

B. "Class B - Trainee" Special Inspectors. As minimum evidence of qualification for certification as a Special Inspector, an applicant shall successfully complete a written examination prescribed by the Director as well as participate in a training program of such nature or character as the Director may by rule provide. A "Class B - Trainee" Special Inspector shall work under the supervision of an inspection agency approved by the Director.

Upon successful completion of the training program and an oral interview prescribed by the Director, the special Inspector may submit an application to be certified as a "Class A" Special Inspector.

C. "Class C" Special Inspectors. Upon approval of the Director, the Oregon registered professional engineer or architect of record and persons under their direct supervision may provide the required special inspection as otherwise provided by this Chapter.

The duties and responsibilities for a "Class C" Special Inspector are the same as a "Class A" and "Class B - Trainee" Special Inspector, and the name(s) of any such person(s) performing inspections shall appear on the permit documents.

D. The Bureau of Development Services will maintain a current list of "Class A" and "Class B - Trainee" Special Inspectors available for public inspection.


24.20.040 Revocation or Suspension of Certification of Special Inspectors.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 161315, effective Nov. 19, 1988.)

A. The Director may revoke, suspend or refuse to renew the certification of a Class A or Class B - Trainee Special Inspector or may revoke or suspend the approval of a Class C Special Inspector, if the Director determines that the Special Inspector:

1. Willfully failed to perform any duties of a Special Inspector; or

2. Incompletely or ineffectively performed any duties of a Special Inspector.

B. If the Director believes that an inspector has failed, incompletely or ineffectively performed their duties, the Director shall hold a hearing on the matter. The Director will give notice of this hearing to the inspector charged with the violation by mailing to them, at least 10 days prior to the time set for a hearing, a list of the allegations, as well as the time, date and place set for the hearing, when the inspector shall have an opportunity to be heard and present matter in their defense. Not later than 10 days thereafter, the Director shall issue a decision along with the type of action, if any, that is to be taken.

C. An inspector adversely affected by the Director’s determination may have review pursuant to ORS 34.010 to 34.100.


24.20.050 Selection of the Special Inspectors.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 176955, effective October 9, 2002.) With the approval of the Director, Special Inspectors and approved inspection and/or testing agencies shall be chosen and paid by the owner, and will report to the licensed architect or engineer whose signature and seal appear on the design drawings and to the Bureau of Development Services. No changes of Special Inspectors or inspection/testing agency approved by the Director shall be made without obtaining approval of the responsible architect/engineer and the Director.


24.20.060 General Duties of the Special Inspector.

A. The Special Inspector shall observe the work assigned for conformance with the approved permit documents.

B. The Special Inspector shall furnish inspection reports to the Director, the engineer and architect of record, the contractor and other designated individuals. All discrepancies shall be brought to the immediate attention of the contractor for correction, then, if uncorrected, to the Director.

C. The Special Inspector shall submit a final signed summary report stating whether the work requiring special inspection was, to the best of his/her knowledge, in conformance with the approved plans and specifications and the applicable workmanship provisions in the State Building Code.