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Building Official Determination: Congregate Living Facility or Dwelling Unit?

The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 23, 2020

Building Official Determination: Congregate Living Facility or Dwelling Unit?

The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code.

QUESTION: When grouped together in a building, congregate living facilities can look like dwelling units. What is the difference between a dwelling unit and a congregate living facility in the building code?

2019 OSSC DEFINITIONS:

DWELLING UNIT. A single unit providing complete, independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.
CONGREGATE LIVING FACILITIES. A building or part thereof that contains sleeping units where residents share bathroom or kitchen facilities, or both.
SLEEPING UNIT. A single unit that provides rooms or spaces for one or more persons, includes permanent provisions for sleeping and can include provisions for living, eating and either sanitation or kitchen facilities but not both. Such rooms and spaces that are also part of a dwelling unit are not sleeping units.

RESPONSE: The places in which we reside are a higher fire safety risk than most other occupancies for many reasons. For example, the occupants are asleep approximately one third of every 24 hour period and unaware of developing fires. Also, within their own homes occupants often let fire hazards go unabated, so the hazards can accrue and go unnoticed. As a result, the building code requires fire and sound separations to compartmentalize the hazards and insulate occupants from each other.

2019 OSSC sections 420.2 and 1206 require fire and sound separation between dwelling units. Separations are also required between sleeping units when they are not part of a dwelling unit. Therefore, a congregate living facility would need to have fire and sound separations between the sleeping rooms, but bedrooms in a dwelling unit would not need to be separated from each other.

To capture the protections put in place for occupants, the City of Portland has determined that congregate living facilities are a collection of independently leased sleeping rooms for persons not of the same family group with shared cooking and/or bathroom facilities. By contrast, a dwelling unit is leased as a whole to one or more persons.

The building code does not provide a prescriptive definition (area limitation or maximum number of bedrooms) to distinguish a dwelling unit from congregate living. The building code requirements are based on how the unit will be used. Therefore, when a dwelling unit has more than 6 bedrooms, the City of Portland will review them as sleeping units.

The City of Portland may consider an administrative appeal that includes a memo from the owner or property management company that states the leasing arrangement. The memo must identify whether the individual bedrooms are being leased separately and independent of each other (congregate living facility), or if the entire space including all bedrooms are being leased under a single rental agreement (dwelling unit).

The occupant load of the dwelling unit or congregate living facility will be determined in accordance with OSSC Section 1004.5 using the occupant load factor of one occupant per 200 square feet of floor area. However, the occupant load is permitted to be designed for an increased number of occupants, provided that all other requirements of the code are met based on the modified number (1004.5.1).

Click here to view the full Building Official Determination.

 


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Update: The City of Portland Completed Successful Migration to Upgraded Permitting Software

Normal Business Hours Resume Monday, Feb. 10

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE
Updated February 7, 2020 

The City's Permitting Software Upgrade was a Success!
Normal business hours resume Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

On February 7, 2020 the City of Portland completed successful migration to an upgraded version of AMANDA, the permitting software we use to manage development data. Bureau of Development Services Director Rebecca Esau and Jeff Baer, the City’s Chief Technology Officer, determined the system is ready for use and announced that AMANDA will launch as scheduled this Monday.     

Normal business hours resume on Monday, February 10. Please note: The Bureau of Development Services will be closed to customers on Thursday, February 13 and Thursday, February 20. The Thursday closures end in March 2020.  Click here to view the full February 2020 schedule.

The upgrade of our former “TRACS” permitting system has been an extremely complicated project that involved multiple stakeholders and more than 1,200 users all across the City of Portland. With AMANDA, the City and other local agencies that access our permitting software will now have a modern, web-based system that provides a stable platform on which we can upgrade existing features and build new functionality. 

Thank you for your patience during our software upgrade! 



SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE 
Posted January 13, 2020

New Permitting Software Upgrade Will Impact Service Availability in February

Click here to view the full February 2020 schedule.

On February 10, 2020, the City of Portland will start using a new version of AMANDA, the software used to manage the permitting process. As we transition to upgraded AMANDA software, our services will be available according to the schedule below. Please note: Customers will not be able to access development services (both in-person and online) including Development Hub PDX, Inspection scheduling (with the IVR system), and all other Permitting services from Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. to Monday, Feb. 10. 

To schedule an inspection to occur on Thursday, Feb. 6 or Friday, Feb. 7, please call and reserve that inspection slot before Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation!

The Development Services Center (1st floor of the 1900 Building) and Permitting Services (2nd floor counter) will be closed to the public every Thursday in February as we transition. Online services will still be available on all Thursdays in February other than Thursday, Feb. 6. 

Here's a look at the two-week span of our migration and Go-Live period:

To download a full calendar of February 2020 hours and availability, click here. 

To learn more about the AMANDA Migration and Portland Online Permitting System (POPS), click here.  

We appreciate your patience as our staff begins using upgraded software! 

About AMANDA 

The Bureau of Development Services is partnering with the Bureau of Technology Services and the City’s Interagency Partner Bureaus on the Portland Online Permitting System (POPS) program. POPS is delivering five different projects that will help streamline the permitting process for City staff and customers with new web-based tools. Chief among these projects is the migration from the current TRACS permitting software to AMANDAthe most current version of the system available 

The current version of TRACS that we are using was implemented in 1999 and is no longer supported by our vendor. Upgrading to AMANDA, specifically version 7.4.4.3, will provide the City of Portland with flexibility, a modern interface, and opportunities to update the software to new versions as released.

The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
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City Council Adopts Resolution Directing Future Projects on Title 11, Trees

On Wednesday, January 8, City Council passed a resolution directing BDS, together with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, to complete projects relating to Title 11, Trees.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 10, 2020

City Council Adopts Resolution Directing Future Projects on Title 11, Trees

On Wednesday, January 8, City Council passed a resolution directing BDS, together with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, to complete projects relating to Title 11, Trees.

Thank you to the many Portlanders who shared recommendations to inform the development of the resolution. Read the adopted resolution here. More information about the projects directed in the resolution is forthcoming.

Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828

 


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
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Building Official Determination: Accessory Kitchens in Single Family Dwellings

QUESTION: Can a single-family dwelling have more than one kitchen?

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
January 6, 2020

Building Official Determination: Accessory Kitchens in Single Family Dwellings
ORSC 202 Definition of Dwelling Unit

The Bureau of Development Services has a new Building Official Determination that clarifies the requirements for when an accessory kitchen can be built within a single-family dwelling unit. It also includes an example of the covenant that would be required as part of the approval of the additional kitchen.

QUESTION: Can a single-family dwelling have more than one kitchen?

RESPONSE: The Oregon Residential Specialty Code doesn’t limit the number of kitchens in a single-family dwelling. However, the 2017 ORSC defines a dwelling unit as, “A single unit providing complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.” (ORSC R202). BDS seeks to avoid illegal conversions of single-family dwellings into duplexes or multi-family structures. Such conversions create fire and life safety issues for the residents because the structures do not comply with the ORSC requirements for multiple dwelling units in a single structure or attached structures. In order to accomplish this goal, BDS will require a building permit to install a new kitchen within a single-family dwelling and will impose certain conditions outlined in this document. In order to install an additional kitchen:

  1. The accessory kitchen may be located in a portion of the building that would meet the definition of a dwelling unit only if that portion of the building is not and will not be separated from the rest of the building by walls or closing a door.
  2. The accessory kitchen may not be located in a detached structure with a bathroom.
  3. Any additional accessory kitchen installed in a single-family dwelling must comply with all of the same Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Code requirements as the main kitchen.
  4. The home owner must complete and record an “Additional Accessory Kitchen Covenant” prior to a building permit being issued. That Covenant is the property owner’s acknowledgement that the structure will remain a single-family dwelling and that the accessory kitchen will not become part of an additional dwelling unit without obtaining a building permit for the creation of the additional dwelling unit. A copy of the recorded Covenant must be provided to BDS as a condition of permit Issuance.

NOTE: This Building Official Determination may not be utilized for structures containing Accessory Dwelling Units, structures that are considered a duplex or multifamily structures per the ORSC.

Click here to view the full Building Official Determination which also includes the Covenant.

 


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
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City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future Projects on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Earlier this year, BDS proposed an amendment to Title 11, Trees, to extend the sunset date of certain regulations passed in 2016 that strengthened tree preservation requirements (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

(UPDATED) SERVICE UPDATE
January 6, 2020

(UPDATED) City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future
Projects on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Updated Resolution: Thank you to the many Portlanders who shared recommendations to inform the development of the Title 11 (Tree Code) Resolution. Over 130 comments from a wide range of stakeholders on the draft resolution were received and reviewed. See a summary of the comments received here. The resolution was revised based on this input. Read the proposed resolution with edits shown in track changes here. Read the proposed resolution without track changes here. City Council will provide further direction and hear public testimony on the proposed resolution:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall
3:45 p.m. Time Certain
(Time Certain means the agenda item will not begin before the scheduled time)

For information on how to testify before City Council in person or in writing, see the Council Clerk’s website. To learn more about Title 11, please click here.

Contact: Sam Diaz, Samuel.diaz@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-8041


CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

(UPDATED) SERVICE UPDATE
December 31, 2019

(UPDATED) City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future
Projects on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Updated Resolution: Thank you to the many Portlanders who shared recommendations to inform the development of the Title 11 (Tree Code) Resolution. Over 130 comments from a wide range of stakeholders on the draft resolution were received and reviewed. The resolution was revised based on this input. Read the proposed resolution with edits shown in track changes here. Read the proposed resolution without track changes here. City Council will provide further direction and hear public testimony on the proposed resolution:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall
3:45 p.m. Time Certain
(Time Certain means the agenda item will not begin before the scheduled time)

For information on how to testify before City Council in person or in writing, see the Council Clerk’s website. To learn more about Title 11, please click here.

Contact: Sam Diaz, Samuel.diaz@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-8041


CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
December 13, 2019

City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future Projects
on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Earlier this year, BDS proposed an amendment to Title 11, Trees, to extend the sunset date of certain regulations passed in 2016 that strengthened tree preservation requirements (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property. (Link to previous posts and updates)

As part of that process, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) made additional recommendations relating to tree preservation in development situations on private property

Those recommendations were:

  • Remove an exemption from tree preservation in development situations on portions of sites zoned CX, EX, IG1 and IH until December 31, 2021
  • Reduce the tree size threshold for trees subject to required tree preservation or fee in lieu of preservation; and “inch-per-inch” mitigation fee in-lieu of preservation to from 36” to 20”, for the duration of any future Climate Emergency declared by City Council.

In response to those recommendations, and general community interest in Title 11, Trees, Mayor Wheeler has proposed a resolution for future Title 11 projects regarding trees in development situations. The Mayor is seeking input from the public on the draft Resolution. Read the draft resolution here.

Comments on the draft resolution should be submitted here. Comments and suggested edits are accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2019. Comments and suggested edits will go directly to the Mayor's Office.

City Council

City Council will act on the proposed resolution:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall
3:45 p.m. Time Certain
(Time Certain means the agenda item will not begin before the scheduled time)

For information on how to testify before City Council in person or in writing, see the Council Clerk’s website. To learn more about Title 11, please click here.

Contact: Sam Diaz, Samuel.diaz@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-8041

 


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
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