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Building Department Policies

The polices provided below supersede related code requirements.

Expired Permits and Work Performed Without Permits

Policy Requiring Geotechnical Investigation - A geotechnical report must be submitted when applying for a Commercial or Residential permit for all lots located East of North Phoenix Road and North Foothills Road. Additionally, commercial buildings that are required to be prepared by an Oregon licensed design professional in accordance with code section 107 OSSC (non-exempt buildings), shall also require a geotechnical investigation conducted by an Oregon licensed design professional pursuant to 1803 OSSC. The geotechnical report must be submitted for review as part of the permit application. A letter from a qualified Oregon-Licensed Geotechnical Engineer certifying the foundation preparation was completed in accordance with the geotechnical report will be required prior to foundation inspection. Reports addressing other conditions of the investigation may be required as well.

Policy on Re-Roofing. The 2017 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) has been adopted by the City of Medford. Section R101.2 of this code clarifies that it applies to “detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories above grade plane in height with a separate means of egress and their accessory structures.”

The City of Medford has a designated Wildfire High Risk area. Basically anything east of N. Foothill Road and N. Phoenix Rd. north of Old Cherry Lane continuing east to Mary Bee Lane and east of Waterstone Dr. See Designated Maps. General Map. Site Specific Map, Go to Development Overlays, go to the Right and Click on Layers List and Check Wildfire Hazard box and type in address.

Additional Department Information

Building Department Contacts

200 South Ivy Lausmann Annex
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2350
Fax: (541) 618-1707

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