Design Standards, Codes, & Worksheets

Design Standards


Current design standards are as follows:


  • Basic Wind Speed: 120 mph Ultimate Wind Speed ( for Risk Category II)
  • Seismic Design Category: D1
  • Snow Load: 25 psf
  • Frost Depth 12 inches
  • Soil Classification: Geotechnical Report is required to determine soil conditions

Adopted Codes


Current adopted codes are as follows:
  • Residential Code: 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code
  • Building Code: 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code
  • Mechanical Code: 2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code
  • Plumbing Code: 2011 State of Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code
  • Fire Code: 2014 Oregon Fire Code
  • Electric Code: Provided by Polk County Building Department 503.623.9237

Special Inspections


Note:For signs, fencing and demolition information, please refer to the Planning Department at 503.831.3571.

Building Department Worksheets


Contact Us


For additional information, please contact Building Official Ted Cuno at 503.831.3567 or Building Inspector Troy Skinner at 503.831.3573.