Chapter 24.35 Historical Buildings


24.35.010 Historical Review Board.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 174719 and 176955, effective October 9, 2002.) The Historical Building Review Board shall consist of the members of the Board of Appeal referred to in Section 24.10.080 plus the Chairman of the Portland Historical Landmarks Commission, or his designee with the power to waive any provision of the combined State Building Code.

Any person who may have been ordered by the Bureau of Development Services to incur an expense for the alteration or repair of any building defined as an historical building under Chapter 41 of the State Building Code, 1982 Edition, or any person whose application for a permit to alter or repair an historical building may have been refused by the Director may appeal to the Historical Building Review Board by serving written notice upon the Bureau of Development Services. The notice, or certified copy thereof, shall be transmitted at once to the Historical Building Review Board. After service of notice upon the persons interested, a hearing shall be held; and the Board may by unanimous vote, waive the provisions of the combined State Building Code, if, in their opinion, such historic buildings are not hazardous to life or health or the proposed variance does not conflict with the public interest. The Board shall consider the historic performance of the building, the structural stability, and the occupancy classification. Any variances granted by the Board shall be subject to the established occupancy classification, and any changes in occupancy classification occurring after the Board’s decision shall terminate the Board’s order thus subjecting the building or structure to be resubmitted for reconsideration or abated. The Board shall adopt reasonable rules and regulations for conducting its business. In any matter relating to or involving fire prevention, fire safety measures, or building construction requirements for safety, any modification by the Board of a strict application of this Title shall be made only on condition that a substantially equivalent degree of safety is provided generally conforming to national standards concerning fire prevention, fire safety measures, and building construction requirements for safety. A certified copy of the Board’s decision shall be delivered to the appellant. The fee for each appeal shall be stated in the Fee Schedule adopted by City Council. Fees will be updated annually or on an as needed basis. The approved Fee Schedule will be available at the Development Services Center.


24.35.020 Special Approval.

Any permit application for exterior remodeling or alteration, construction of a new building, or demolition of a building, which involves an historical building or site so designated by the City Council, shall be submitted to the Portland Historical Landmarks Commission for approval, conditional approval or rejection prior to the issuance of any permit, to the extent required by the provisions of the planning and zoning regulations of the City. Issuance of the permit shall be subject to the terms and provisions of the planning and zoning regulations relative to the historical buildings or sites.