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1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
December 14, 2018
To reduce the risk posed by unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings, Portland City Council passed Ordinance 189201 requiring owners of URM buildings to notify tenants and visitors that the structure is a URM. The ordinance was passed on October 10, 2018. Notifications to owners of Public buildings informing them of the requirements of the ordinance and how to comply with these requirements were mailed December 7,2018. Notifications to other owners will be sent beginning the first week in January 2019.
Placarding and Tenant Notification Requirements
The ordinance requires that:
The ordinance requires URM owners to post a placard according to the following timeline:
The URM placard must:
It is not required to post the placard in languages other than English, but if the building serves people who are not fluent in English, it is recommended to post the information in those additional languages.
The placard should meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sign Installation Guidelines. The ADA requirements are also explained in this Quick Reference Guide.
Exceptions to Placarding and Tenant Notifications
Buildings that have been retrofitted to the following standards will not require a placard or tenant notification:
For buildings that were retrofitted before January 1, 2018, either:
Portland Fire and Rescue will inspect the placement of placards as part of their inspection program and will work with BDS Enforcement Section to enforce the requirements for placards.
BDS Enforcement Section will use its existing enforcement program and authority to enforce the requirements for placarding and tenant notification.
Building owners who receive notice to place placards and notify tenants but believe that their building is not a URM, or that the URM building has already been retrofitted to meet the standards above, may file an appeal. See frequently Asked Questions on Placarding and tenant Notification Requirements for URM Buildings for more information.
Contact: Amit Kumar, Senior Structural Engineer, Engineering Plan Review Services
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