POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Mary Hull Caballero Charter, Code and Policies City Code & Charter Online Code & Charter Title 28 Floating Structu Chapter 28.03  Administration and Enforcement
28.03.020 Permits and Inspections.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 181437 and 183597, effective April 9, 2010.)  It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, or convert any structure regulated by Title 28, except as provided for in Title 28, or cause the same to be done without first obtaining a separate permit for each structure from the building official as required by Title 28.

Exemption from the permit requirements of Title 28 shall not authorize any person to do  work in any manner in violation of the provisions of Title 28 or any other rules or regulations of the City of Portland, the State of Oregon, or the Federal government.

Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits are required for any such work performed for floating structures regulated under Title 28.


A.  Permits and inspections shall be required for the following:


1.  The new construction of floating homes, tender house structures, boathouses or combo structures, except as may otherwise be exempted elsewhere in Title 28.


2.  The construction of:


a.  A new deck, walk, or porch not previously a part of a floating structure; or


b.  An addition of habitable space for a floating home or combo-structure; or


c.  An extension of an existing deck, walk, porch or the float for a floating home, or combo-structure.


Exception:  A one time extension of not more than five percent (5%) in area or eight (8) inches in width or length, whichever is less, to the area of an existing deck, walk, porch or the float for a floating home or combo-structure shall be allowed without permit provided such extension does not cause an unbalanced or overloaded condition and provided such extension does not reduce the separation between floating structures below that is allowed by Title 28.  As-built plans for such additions shall be provided to the Director upon completion of the work to allow for updating of permit information.


3.  Alteration to or reconstruction of any element of a floating home, boathouse or combo-structure except as exempted by Section 28.03.020 C.


4.    Existing or new floating homes, boathouses, combo structures or commercial structures moved from a site outside the City to a mooring site within the City of Portland.


5.  Existing or new floating homes, combo-structures or commercial structures relocated from one mooring site to another mooring site either in the same moorage or to a separate moorage within the City of Portland.


6.    The new construction, addition, alteration, reconstruction, or improvement of public and private floating structures.


7.  Any new and/or alteration to any electrical, plumbing, heating/air conditioning installation on a floating structure, including wood stoves.

Exception:  As provided in the Specialty Codes, minor repairs and maintenance of electrical, plumbing, heating/air conditioning installations do not require a permit.


8.  Temporary structural supports that will remain in place for not more than 180 days or relocation, replacement, reconstruction or repairs, that require a permit, that are performed to an existing structure due to an emergency condition may be undertaken without first obtaining a permit for the work.  The owner of the structure on which the work is performed shall inform the Director within three (3) business days of the commencement of the work, the extent of work that is being performed and shall obtain the required permits for the work within ten (10) business days of the commencement of the work.


B.  The permit and inspection process and requirements shall be as determined by the Director.  The Director shall seek the advice and opinions of members of the River Community Advisory Committee during this process, but the Director shall have final authority in determining such processes and requirements.  Such information shall be published by the Director in bureau policies and procedures that are made available to the public as provided in Chapter 1.07.  Such policies and procedures shall not be altered or suspended until after consultation with the River Community Advisory Committee.


C.  Permits and inspections are not required for the following:


1.  The new construction of structures regulated by Title 28 that will not be moored or occupied within the jurisdiction of the City.  Substantiating documentation shall be provided to verify compliance with this Section.


2.  Repairs to a floating structure as specified in Section 28.05.020.


3.  Replacement of piles as specified in Section 28.05.020.


4.  Construction, alteration or repair of individual swim or ski floats.


5.  The repair or reattachment of flexible water and sewer connections to individual floating homes, combo-structures, tender houses and boathouses, made in compliance with plumbing code requirements.


6.  Construction, alteration or reconstruction of any portion of tender houses not greater than 200 square feet in area and with a height of not more than seventy-five percent (75%) of the width of the float or fifteen (15) feet from the level of the float deck, whichever is less, to the highest point of the structure.


7.  Relocation of boathouses or tender houses within a moorage or between separate moorages within the City as long as the unit moved is in good repair.  The distance between units relocated within a moorage shall not be:  less than the distance between units that pre-existed prior to the move if that distance is less than 6 feet between the nearest exterior walls and 4 feet between the nearest roof, deck, balcony or other architectural projection; or less than 6 feet between the nearest exterior walls and 4 feet between the nearest roof, deck, balcony or other architectural projection if the pre-existing distances are greater than or equal to 6 feet between the nearest exterior walls and 4 feet between the nearest roof, deck, balcony or other architectural projection.  The distance between units when the relocation is to another moorage within the City shall either comply with the separation distance required by Section 28.05.010 B.4. or shall be the separation distance as determined acceptable by consultation with the Harbor Master in compliance with Section 28.05.010 B.4.

Exception:  Electrical permits are required for the connection of a relocated boathouse or tender house structure to electrical service at the new location.

The owner/operator of the moorage shall provide an updated moorage map as required by Section 28.05.010 reflecting the new location of the relocated boathouse and the distance between the boathouse and adjacent structures and shall send a notice of the relocation, including separation distances after the relocation, to the Director.


8.  Temporary relocation of an existing floating structure from its normal mooring site for dredging or other maintenance work to the moorage or to facilitate the permitted move of other floating structures, provided the floating structure is returned to its normal mooring site and provide the final distance between floating structures is the same as previously existed prior to the temporary move.

Exception: Electrical permits are required for the reconnection of floating structures moved under the provisions of this paragraph.


9.  Other work as exempted by the Specialty Codes.


D.  When permits are required, the owner of the structure must obtain the required permits and inspections prior to proceeding with the next phase of work and obtain a final certificate of compliance prior to the occupancy of the structure.  Instructions for requesting inspection are provided at permit issuance.


E.  It is the responsibility of the owner of the floating structure to obtain the required certificate of compliance under the following process:


1.  The owner of the structure or the owner's authorized agent shall call for final inspection within 10 business days of the completion of the work covered by a permit.


2.  A Certified Structural Inspector from the Bureau of Development Services shall respond to the call for final inspection within 2 business days of receipt of the call for final inspection.


3.  The area of work covered by the issued permit shall not be occupied until the certificate of compliance has been issued.


4.  Failure to call for final inspection and obtain a certificate of compliance and/or occupying the area of work prior to obtaining a certificate of compliance shall be cause for the Director to issue a notice to vacate the structure.