Design Standards, Codes, & Worksheets

Design Standards

Current design standards are as follows:

  • Basic Wind Speed: 120 mph Ultimate Wind Speed (for Risk Category II), Exposure B
  • 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: 2017 Oregon Residential Specialty Code
  • Building Code: 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code
  • Mechanical Code: 2019 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code
  • Plumbing Code: 2017 State of Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code
  • Fire Code: 2019 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

Plan Submittal

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact Building Official Troy Skinner at 503.831.3573, Building Inspector Chris Reichelt at 503.831.3572 or Building Inspector Michelle Howard at 503.831.3567.