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Due to Governor Kate Brown’s enhanced measures from pausing social activities to a freeze to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19, the City of Medford Building Safety offices will now be closed to the public until further notice.

Staff will be available by phone to process requests and answer questions.  As such, we encourage utilization of our online, electronic, and telephone services.  We offer a number of ways to contact us with service-related questions and requests, including:

  • Business License Renewal: Pay and renew online
  • Building Permit Services: Pay fees, schedule inspections and view inspection results online
  • Building Permit Services: Pay fees, schedule inspections, and retrieve inspection results via phone call 541-774-2350 and choose * to access the automated system and follow the prompts for the desired action
  • Building Plan Review: Upload plans and documents for review online
  • Contact us by phone at: 541-774-2350
  • Email us at:

We will still be offering Wednesday Express / Over the Counter permits between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. via electronic submittal.
Our offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020.


Welcome to the Building Safety Department. Our department addresses your safety in the built environment by providing residential and commercial plan review and inspections associated with building permits. We work with contractors and home owners to assure that their project meets or exceeds required Building, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Code requirements.


Virtual inspections are currently available for residential inspections only: existing, additions, and alterations for building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, pools, fences, and backflow.  Follow this link for more information.



The City of Medford continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments at the local, state and federal levels.
Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our staff, customers and partners. In support of state and federal guidelines for social distancing, we're encouraging our customers to call or email staff with questions, when possible. 
The Building Safety and Business License front desks are open to the public. We now open at 8 a.m.  We do encourage utilization of our online and telephone services.  We offer a number of ways to contact us with service-related questions and requests, including:

  • Business License Renewal: Pay / renew and apply online

  • Building Permit Services: Pay fees, schedule inspections and view inspection results (online only) online or by phone: 541-774-2350 (see below for more information); live, Integrated Voice Response system, and voicemail.
  • Building Plan Submission: Upload plans and documents for review online

  • Email us at:

We will still be offering Wednesday Express / Over the Counter permits between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  in person or (strongly encouraged) by sending an email and pdf to  


Construction Design Criteria

To view construction design criteria click on the Construction Design Criteria link above and select the detail(s) you would like to view.

Interactive Voice Response System Re-launch

Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

In our efforts to better serve the citizens of the City of Medford, Building Safety Department has launched the new IVR system.  Just call 541-774-2350 and press the * key.


  • Schedule Inspections
  • Cancel or reschedule Inspections
  • Retrieve Inspection Results
  • Pay fees

News & Info

Frequently Asked Questions

Code Information

Portal Framing is used as lateral reinforcement when a panel is too narrow to
accommodate regular Brace Panels. Typically, it is used for framing Garage openings.
The panels at each end of each Portal Frame must be equal in width and height.
In addition, the bottom (sill) plate must be doubled.

Item 1 Story Structure 2 Story Structure
Min. panel width 22 1/2"
Max. plate-to-plate height 8'
Max. opening span 25', measured panel center to panel center
Min. opening width 8'
Min. Footings 7" x 15", with min. 24" / max. 48" tall foundation walls, measured to base of footings walls
Min. Horizontal Reinforcement In footing: Two #4, extending 10' beyond panel each direction
In foundation wall: one in upper portion
Min. Vertical Reinforcement Two #4 bars with 6" legs per panel
Min. Header Size 4" x 12"
Min. hold-downs Two 4,800 lbs. per panel Two 5,300 lbs. per panel
Anchor bolts Two 1/2" x 12" per panel, located at quarter points
Min. tie-straps Four 1,000 lbs. per panel, 8 total1 Two 4,000 lbs. hold-downs or four 2000 lbs. tie straps per panel2
Sheathing Min. 3/8" plywood or 2MN particleboard, installed vertically on one face
Nailing pattern Two rows of 8d nails at 3" o.c.
Framing notes Use double bottom plate, 4 x's at hold-downs, one top plate below the header, and a min. 4" x 12" header spanning to the outside of the panels
1These are used to tie beam to 4 x's.
2These are used to tie lower 4 x's to upper wall sill plate.

Schematic for One Story Portal Frame

Schematic for Two Story Portal Frame

Structural Intermediate Panel Schematic

Non-structural Intermediate Panel Schematic

Portal Frame Foundation Schematic

Braced Panels, Exterior (BP)

Brace panels are used as lateral reinforcement to walls enhancing the stiffness of the
structure and providing protection against wind forces and earthquakes.
  • Typical minimum 4' wide sheathed panel (i.e. min. 1/2" OSB, 1/2" CDX,
    3/8" Structural Plywood, etc.) for an 8' high wall covering a minimum of four studs for 16" o.c. stud spacing and three studs for 24" stud spacing. Let-in bracing and/or approved metal strap bracing is not permitted in this seismic zone.
  • Max. height: 12' (Note: This would require a minimum 4' 9" wide brace panel because the maximum height to width ratio 2 1/2:1).
  • To be sized and placed at the following minimum intervals:
    One Story or Top of Two Story
    Located at each end and at least 25' on-center but not less than 16% of wall length.
    First Story of Two Story or Second Story of Three Story
    Located at each end and at least 25' on-center but not less than 25% of wall length.
    First Story of Three Story
    Located at each end and at least 25' on-center but not less than 40% of wall length.
  • The center to center spacing of 25' in one and two family dwellings may be exceeded up to a maximum of 30' on center, provided the percentage of bracing for that braced wall line meets the requirement for the next highest level (i.e. 16% to 25%, or 25% to 40%).
  • Used on braced wall lines inline or offset not more than 4'
  • Shall begin within 8' from each end of an exterior braced wall line
  • Braced wall lines 12' long or less shall have at least one BP
  • All horizontal joints to be blocked to accommodate required nailing.
  • Must cover a minimum of 3 stud spaces for 16" o.c. and two stud spaces for 24" o.c.
  • Nailing Pattern: min. 6d common nails spaced 6" o.c. (edges) and 12" o.c. (field),
    for the types of panels listed above, or more restrictive if specified on plans.

Brace Panels, Interior (IBP)

Interior brace wall lines extend from exterior wall to exterior wall. Interior brace wall
panels are used in much the same ways as exterior wall panels, with a few changes.
  • Typical a minimum 4' wide sheathed panel, a minimum 4' wide sheetrock panel
    (applied to both faces), or a minimum 8' wide sheetrock panel (applied to one
  • Braced wall lines to be placed perpendicular to the exterior wall(s) being braced
    and at maximum 35' intervals measured along those exterior wall(s).
  • To be sized and placed at the same percentage requirements as exterior brace panels (% listed above) but not subject to the on-center spacing requirements.
  • Shall begin within 8' of the exterior wall line or can exceed 8' if the other end of
    the brace wall line extends fully to the exterior wall
  • When the exterior wall is greater than 35' in length and less than or equal to 70'
    in length, the floor diaphragm in joist-framed construction can be utilized without
    requiring a foundation below just for the brace panel. The two possible cases for
    this are:
    1. The BP is parallel with the floor joists below.
      In this case, the joists below the BP must be doubled. The top of the BP
      shall be tied in to ceiling connection with typical methods for stick framing.
      When the BP lies between ceiling joists, 2" x 6" blocking shall be provided
      at 48" o.c., nailed with 4-16d to top plate and 3-16d at each end. The use
      of 400# angle clips at 48" o.c. (minimum 2) must be used for truss framing
      and when the BP below aligns with the ceiling joist above.
    2. The BP is perpendicular to the floor joists below.
      In this case, blocking must be provided between floor joists below where
      the BP is installed. Above the BP, blocking is utilized between the ceiling
      joists, toe-nailed with 4-12d nails to the plate (two at each end) and 3-16d
      at each end of the block. Also, the floor joists at the ends of each panel
      must be doubled.
  • When the exterior wall is greater than 70', continuous foundations must be used
    for the entire length of the required brace panel(s). Sheetrock Nailing/Screwing
    Pattern: 1 5/8" 5d cooler or wallboard nails at 7" o.c., or screws 6" o.c. (edges)
    and 12" o.c. (field)
Notes: Above information taken from the 1998 International One and Two Family Dwelling Code, with 2000 Oregon amendments.

Schematic of a Brace Wall Lines

Schematic of Floor Framing for IBP,s

Cross sectional View for IBP,s Using Stick Frame

Schematic of IBP Parallel to Trussed Roof

Schematic of IBP Perpendicular to Trussed Roof

Schematic of IBP Parallel to Cripple Wall Below

Schematic of IBP Perpendicular to Cripple Wall Below

Special Cases:
  • Winders: Tread must be at least 9" wide at a point not more than 12" out from narrow end.
    Tread at narrowest point must be at least 6". Must have continuous handrail on the side
    where tread is narrowest.
  • Spiral: Minimum width: 26". Tread must be at least 7 1/2" wide at a point not more than 12"
    out from narrow end. All treads shall be identical. Minimum headroom: 6' 6".
  • Circular: Tread must be at least 9" wide at a point not more than 12" out from narrow end.
    Tread at narrowest point must be at least 6".

Stairways Minimum Maximum
Widtha 36" n/a
Riser 4" 8"
Treadb 9" n/a
Variancec n/a 3/8"
Headroom 6' 8" n/a
Landingd 3' x 3' n/a
a36" above and below handrail, 32" at and where handrail is installed on one side, 28" at and where handrails
are provided on both sides. Exceptions: Spiral stairs. A secondary stairway can be 30" wide and its handrail
can encroach a max. of 4"
bNosing: Radius of curvature no greater than 9/16", protruding not less than 3/4" and not more than 1 1/4".
This is required
on treads less than 10" wide.
cMax. Variance: 3/8" smallest to greatest measurement either on risers or treads
dLanding or Floor: Required at the top and bottom of stairs, except where there is a door at the top of the
flight of stairs, provided the door does not swing over the stairs.

Handrails (Stairs)e Minimum Maximum
Heightsf 30" 38"
Sizeg 1 Ό" 2 5/8"
Space between wall 1 ½" n/a
eEnds shall be returned
fMeasured from the nosing of the treads (Open side of stairs min. and max. handrail heights: 34-38", resp.).
gMust have minimum 1/2" smooth radius

Guardrails (Decks, Balconies, etc.)h Minimum Maximum
Heights 36" n/a
Space between vertical members n/a <4"
Space at triangular opening formed by riser, tread, and bottom rail. n/a 6"
h Required for porches, balconies, decks, and raised floor surfaces more than 30" above floor or grade below.

Data above taken from the 1998 International One and Two Family Dwelling Code, with OR 2000 amendments.

Max. Allowable Spans for #2 Douglas Fir-Larch[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

City of Medford Building Department July 1, 2010

Member Size

O/C Spacing


Floor Joists

Ceiling Joists
Storage Above?


       No               Yes [6]





2" x 4"



12' 5"

9' 10"







11' 3"

8' 11"





10’ 7”

8’ 2”





 9' 10"

7' 3"



2" x 6"


10' 9"

19' 6"

15' 0"

14' 0"

12' 6"




9' 9"

17' 8"

13' 0"

12' 1"

10' 10"


9’ 2”

16’ 8”

11’ 11”


9’ 10”


8' 3"

15' 0"

10' 8"

 9' 10"

8' 10"

2" x 8"


14' 2"

25' 8"

19' 1"

17' 8"

15' 10"




12' 9"

23' 4"

16' 6"

15' 4"

13' 8"


11’ 8”

21’ 4”

15’ 1”

14’ 0”

12’ 6”


10' 5"

19' 1"

13' 6"

12' 6"

11' 2"

2" x 10"


18' 0"

32' 9"

23' 3"

21' 7"

19' 4"




15' 7"

28' 6"

20' 2"

18' 9"

16' 9"


14’ 3"

26’ 0”

18’ 5”

17’ 1”

15’ 3”


12' 9"

23' 3"

16' 5"

15' 3"

13' 8"

2" x 12"


20' 11"



25' 1"

22' 5"




18' 1"



21' 8"

19' 5"


16’ 6”



 19’ 10”

17’ 9”


14' 9"



17' 9"

15' 6"


[1] Deflection Criteria: Oregon One and Two Family Dwelling Code

Roof, no ceiling, Rafters=L/180; Floors=L/360; Ceilings=L/240 (Drywall).

[2] Rafter loading is for light roof covering (3-tab, metal, shakes, shingles) plus live load. For heavier roof covering, see Building Department.

[3] Strength – Floor Joist Live Loads 40# psf, Dead Loads 10# psf; Ceiling Joist (no storage) Live Loads 10# psf, Dead Loads 5# psf; Ceiling Joist (with light storage) Live Loads 20# psf, Dead Loads 10#psf; Roof Rafters Snow Loads 25# psf, Dead Loads 15# psf.

[4] For load conditions or deflection limit settings outside the scope of this chart, use the WWPA Lumber Design Suite located at the Association’s web site at

[5] Span table based on WWPA Western Lumber Span Tables, 572 Edition Rev. 7-04.

[6] Attics spaces served by a fixed stair shall be designed to support the minimum live load specified for sleeping rooms. Table R301.5. This table uses 20#LL; 10#DL

[7] Where the roof pitch is les than 3:12, structural members that support rafters and ceiling joists, such as ridge beams, hips and valleys, shall be designed as beams. R802.3 


Flood Plain Information

Specific Site Information

For specific site land and flood plain information, Jackson County has a site with a lot of useful information. To determine if your property is in the flood plain, click on the link below, click on "Interactive Maps" and then "Land Information". Next, check the box marked "Flood Plain" and then enter your address or map and tax lot number. A list of parcels should be shown below. If the address does not work, the map and tax lot number will more often work. Click on the purple culdesac button to make your map appear. If there is yellow hatched shading running through your parcel, you are in the 100 year flood plain which is designated as zone "A". If your property does not appear in the yellow crosshatched area, you are not in the 100 year flood plain.

Link to Jackson County Smartmap


FEMA Information

The City of Medford participates in the national flood insurance program. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) provides the guidelines for the flood insurance program and this consists of :

  • Providing community support by telephone to home owners, insurance companies and lending agencies.
  • Requiring flood certificates to show that buildings in the flood plane are elevated 1'-0" above the base elevation.
  • Provide (when requested) flood determination letters to show that buildings are not in the flood plane.
  • We have flood insurance rate maps available in the Building Safety Department for public review.
These are just a few of the duties that the City of Medford performs under the guidelines that FEMA requires the city to perform.

The City of Medford is also a member of CRS (Community Rating Service). This service provides a reduction in flood insurance rates by the services that the city performs. The City of Medford has qualified through CRS for a 5% reduction in insurance rates and we will endeavor to qualify for further reductions in the future.


Link to FEMA


The following files are information files for your viewing. They include general flood plain information, and information for realtors and others wishing to inquire about flood plain properties.

Building Code Standards

A current list of code standards and links to code PDF's are a available on the Building Codes Division Website.

Current codes adopted by The City of Medford are listed in the Design Criteria Information Handouts for Commercial and Residential.

Retaining Wall Requirements


Masonry, Concrete, or Prefabricated Stacked Block Type Retaining Walls:

  • Engineering is required on retaining walls when:

    1. Walls are subject to hydrostatic pressure from groundwater; or
    2. Walls are supporting more than 48" of unbalanced backfill; or
    3. The prefabricated block manufacturer requires it for the specific site conditions.

Contractor Information

The Oregon Construction Contractors Board recommends that you follow these simple steps that could save you from expensive scams or potential problems:

  1. Ask the Oregon Contractors Board for their free publication, "16 Ways to Avoid Remodeling, Repair, Construction and Landscape Problems." It covers many smart tips every homeowner should know before starting a building, remodeling, or repair project.
  2. Beware of "high-pressure" tactics or "too good to pass up" deals. Honest and reputable businesses will be happy to have your business next week or next month and won't pressure you to decide today.
  3. Check out the contractor with the Construction Contractors Board. Ask if the contractor is currently licensed, bonded, insured and if the business has a claim history.
  4. Don't pay any money or agree to any work without a detailed, written contract. Plan to get 2-3 bids, but remember the lowest bid may not necessarily be the best. The saying "you get what you pay for" usually applies to home improvement projects.

You can check out a contractor’s history on-line at the website shown below. From this site you can view their license information and if they have a history of claims filed against them. All you need to input is their license number, telephone number, or name.

Link to Oregon Construction Contractors Board

For more information contact:
Oregon Construction Contractors Board @503-378-4621 ext. 4900 or
1-888-366-5635 (toll-free automated inquiries).

Inspection Info

Inspection Information

Inspections are performed by the City of Medford between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Inspection requests are received by a voice recording system and require 24-hour advance notice for inspection. For same day service, your request must be received BEFORE 7:00 A.M. When making a request, you must provide us with the Permit Number (Same as "Application number"), the type of inspection, return phone number, and any additional information the inspector might need to know. The inspection request phone number is 774-2350.

Permit Information

When is a Residential Building Permit Required?

A permit is required before beginning construction, alteration, or repairs, other than ordinary repairs.  Ordinary repairs are nonstructural repairs and do not include addition to, alteration of, or replacement or relocation of water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electrical wiring, or mechanical or other work for which a permit is required.

The City of Medford Building Department requires the following permit(s):

 Fences over 6 feet

 Retaining walls

 Room additions





 Door and window replacements (where there are egress requirements)

 Garage/Attic conversions

 Porches and decks over 30" above grade

 Re-roofing where the existing roof is stripped and sheathed, where the roof pitch is changed, or where the roof material is changed

The following items do not require a permit(s):

 Detached one story accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds or similar uses provided the square footage is not over 200 or over 10 feet in height

 Concrete sidewalks, slabs platform and driveways

 Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets and other similar finish work

 Prefabricated swimming pools where the pool walls are entirely above the adjacent grade. Barrier requirements around pools are not exempt

 Swings and other playground equipment

 Patio and porch covers not over 200 square feet and supported by an exterior building wall

 Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support

 Retrofitted insulation

 Nonbearing partitions, except when partitions create habitable rooms

 Masonry repairs

 Gutters and downspouts

 Door and window replacements where no structural member is changed and egress requirements are not involved

 Replacement or repair of siding not required to be fire-resistant

 Re-roofing, except in wildfire hazard zones as provided in Section 325 or where replacement or repair of roofing does not exceed 30% of the required live load design capacity and is not required to be fire-resistant

 Plastic glazed storm windows

 Framed-covered uninhabitable one story accessory structures not more than 500 square feet not closer than 3 ' to property line, where the structure is composed of a rigid framework that supports a fabric membrane

 Electrical - To replace light bulbs, florescent tubes, or approved fuses, or to connect approved portable electrical equipment to permanently installed and properly wired receptacles. See OAR 918-309-0000 10(a)

Exemption from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be

Permits Required (Where applicable) Building Electrical Plumbing Mechanical
To obtain a permit, in addition to the above requirements, the applicant must complete a Building Permit Application form with the following information and supporting documentation:
  • Work Description. Identify and describe the work to be covered by the permit applied for.
  • Location. Describe the land on which the proposed work is to be done by legal description, street address, and similar description that will readily identify and definitely locate the proposed building.
  • Estimated Cost. State the valuation of remodeling or alteration to an existing building. New construction and room additions will be computed with State approved cost data calculations.
  • Who will be performing the work? Information must be given about the General Contractor and Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical sub-contractors.
Additional Notes:
  • Permit must be signed by owner, or authorized agent who may be required to submit evidence to indicate such authority.
  • If development is proposed on a recent land partition, then a final plat must be recorded; however, if development is proposed on a recent subdivision (four or more tax lots), then a final plat must be recorded and a walk-thru inspection completed prior to initiating a Building Permit application.
  • When the building permit is ready, the Building Safety Department will contact the applicant. Please remember that Plan Review is scheduled on a first-come, first served basis. The average review time is 2 weeks and may vary.

Every permit is good for 180 days from the point of the last inspection. The work must commence within 180 days from the issuance of the permit. In addition, the permit will expire if the work is abandoned or suspended for a period of 180 days or more after the work has commenced. Before such work commences or is resumed, a permit extension or renewal must be obtained.

How do permits protect my home?

  • Permits ensure that a certified inspector inspects the construction project or installation. Inspections help make sure work is done safely and to code. When a city or county inspector approves work, you can ask questions from an expert and know that the work has been checked for safety violations. This is of particular value to the do-it-yourselfer who doesn't make installations every day. Incorrect installations can result in house fires, flood damage, and/or structural problems.

  • Permits help ensure that licensed contractors do the work if the homeowner doesn't handle the job. Only Construction Contractors Board (CCB) licensed contractors, and those who carry a trade license, such as plumbers and electricians, are allowed to legally work in Oregon. State and local building departments issue permits only to contractors who are properly licensed and bonded.

    What about value? Getting a permit can save you money!

  • Inspections help ensure that work meets the building code. Inspections not only reveal minor problems that could lead to costly repairs, but also liability and life-safety concerns like structural weaknesses, dangerous wiring or defective plumbing.

  • When it comes to selling a house, realtors and lenders may require that any construction work is done with permits to ensure that the house is safe for future occupants. If work is not permitted, instead of closing on your home, you'll have to scramble to catch up with permits and inspections - and additional repair work if the installations weren't made to code.

  • Insurance companies may not cover construction work that isn't permitted. If your unpermitted deck collapses, you may be liable for injuries or out thousands of dollars for repairs.

    Here's what homeowners can do to protect themselves:

  • Insist on permits? It simply doesn't pay to cut corners when it comes to your biggest financial asset, your home.

  • Check a contractor's CCB license to ensure that the contractor is legally licensed and bonded to work in Oregon. Beware of a contractor willing to work without permits.

  • Use - or insist that the contractor uses - only licensed plumbers and electricians. Along with homeowners working on their own homes, only licensed plumbers and electricians are legally allowed to do plumbing or electrical work in Oregon. Professional licenses reflect four years of intense training and annual continuing education, and ensure that contractors are qualified to do the work.

    How do I get a permit?

  • When using licensed contractors, they will take out the permits. Always retain copies for your records.

  • If you are doing the work yourself, you can call the local building department or use the Internet. Getting a permit is as often as easy as downloading a form and sending the application and fee to the local jurisdiction.

  • County and city front desks are set up to help you through the permit process.

    Link to Oregon Building Codes Division

Plan Check Information

Residential Plan Submittal Requirements

     3 Complete Sets of Legible Plans.
Must be drawn to scale, showing conformance to the applicable local and state building codes. Lateral design details and connections must be incorporated into the plans or on a separate full size sheet attached to the plans with cross-references between plan location and details. Plan review cannot be completed if copyright violations are evident. Minimum size is 18" x 24", min. scale 1"=10'.
     Site/Plot Plan Drawn to Scale.
The plan must show: lot and building setback dimensions; property corner elevations (if there is more than 4' elevation differential, the site plan must show contour lines at 2' intervals for a distance away from the building necessary to show compliance with OTFDC Sec. 401); location of easements and driveway, footprint of structure (including decks), location of wells/septic systems, utility locations, any known fill sites or landslide hazard areas, North direction indicator, lot area, impervious area, existing structures on site, and surface drainage.
     Foundation Plan and Cross Section.
Show footing and foundation dimensions, anchor bolts, any hold-downs and reinforcing steel, construction details, foundation vent size and location, soil type, and ground-floor elevation. Also show location of each storm drain, sanitary sewer, and water service connection.
     Floor Plans.
Show for each floor, including basements, all dimensions, room identification, door and window sizes and locations, stairs, location of smoke detectors, water heater, HVAC equipment, ventilation fans, plumbing fixtures, balconies and decks 30" above grade, etc.
     Cross Section(s) and Details.
Show all framing member sizes and spacing such as floor beams, headers, joists, sub-floor, wall construction, and roof construction. More than one cross section may be required to clearly portray construction. Show details of all wall and roof sheathing, roofing, roof slope, ceiling height, siding material, footings and foundations, stairs, insulation, fireplace construction, thermal insulation, etc.
     Elevation Views.
Provide elevations for new construction; minimum of two elevations for additions and remodels. Exterior elevations must reflect the actual grade if the change in grade is greater than 4' at building envelope. Full size sheet addendums showing foundation elevations with cross-references are acceptable.
     Wall Bracing (Prescriptive Path) and/or Lateral Analysis Plans.
Building plans must show construction details and locations of exterior and interior lateral brace panels; for non-prescriptive path analysis provide specifications and calculations to engineering standards.
     Floor/Roof Framing Plans.
Required for all floor/roof assemblies indicating member sizing, spacing, bearing locations, nailing and connection details. Also show purlin/strut locations. In addition, show location of attic ventilation.
     Basement and Retaining Wall.
Cross sections and details showing placement of reinforcing steel, drains and waterproofing shall be provided. Engineered plans are required for retaining walls exceeding 4' in height and basement walls not complying with the prescriptive code requirements. For engineered systems, see item 13, for "Engineer's calculations".
     Beam Calculations.
Provide two sets of calculations using current code design values for all beams and multiple joists exceeding prescriptive code requirements, and/or any beam/joist carrying a non-uniform load.
     Roof Truss and Manufactured Floor Member Details.
Show, if applicable, manufactured truss and floor joist layout. Truss calculations must be turned in before building permits are issued.
     Electrical Plans.
Required when house is over 10,000 sq. ft. and/or panel is more than 400 Amps. This consists of load calculations and line drawing of service.
     Paved Driveway, Sidewalk, and Culvert.
If applicable, include location, width, and other specifications as required. Collector or arterial street access requires a turn-around driveway per Medford Code Section 10.746(11). Questions can be answered by contacting the Engineering Department @ 774-2100
     Grading and Drainage Plan.
Required for all residential permits except single-family residences. If the development is either in the Elk Creek or Midway Creek drainage basins, the drainage plan must include detention facilities designed to restrict runoff to 0.25 CFS or less per acre of development. Detention facilities shall be designed and certified by an Engineer registered in the State of Oregon. Questions can be answered by contacting the Engineering Department at 774-2100.
     Flood-Plain Information.
Buildings shall not be constructed within the floodway of 100-year flood zones. Structures may be constructed within the 100-year flood plain if the finished floor and all electrical and mechanical systems are not less than one (1) foot above the base flood elevation. For flood plain map information, please check with the Building Safety Department.
     Energy Code Compliance.
Identify the prescriptive path or provide calculations.
     Engineer's Calculations.
When required or provided, (i.e., foundation, sheer wall, roof truss, retaining walls exceeding 4', etc.) shall be stamped by and engineer or architect licensed in Oregon and shall be shown to be applicable to the project under review by cross-reference to the applicable plan location.
     Manufactured Housing.
In addition to all previous requirements, the following standards must be met:
  • It must be multi-sectional and enclose at least 1000 sq. ft.
  • It must be located not more than 12" above grade on an excavated and back-filled foundation which is enclosed at the perimeter.
  • A minimum roof slope of 3:12 with either a composition, wood (shake or shingle), or tile roof.
  • It must have either exterior siding consisting of painted or stained wood, aluminum, or fiberglass, with lapped siding, board and batt, or board and board motif applications.
  • It must be manufacturer certified to have an exterior thermal envelope meeting performance standards which reduce heat loss levels equivalent to the performance standards required of single-family dwellings constructed under the State Building Code as defined in ORS 455.010.
  • It must have a garage or carport constructed of like materials and must be constructed within six (6) months of Building Permit issuance.
Approved Checklist For Compliance With OAR 918-090-0320
The items listed above are required for plan review and may be used by the jurisdiction
to determine a complete set of plans and compliance with OAR 918-020-0090(3)(a)(C)
and (4). Checklist must be completed before plan review start date. Minor changes or
notes on submitted plans may be in blue or black ink. Red ink is reserved for department
use only.

Commercial Plan Submittal Requirements

All the items listed below are required at the time of submittal:
    Engineer's or Architect's stamp and signature
Required if:
 - The building ground area is greater than 4000 sq. ft.
 - The highest interior finish surface is greater than 20 ft. above the lowest interior floor finish
 - The occupancy classification is changed
 - The type of construction is changed
 - Alterations to the structural elements (Engineer)
    Three sets of drawings
The plans must be drawn to scale on a minimum paper size of 17" x 22".
Please include a scale bar - this is used to scale the drawing electronic for review through ePlans.
    Architectural Review Completed?
If required, this must be done prior to plan submittal. For additional information, contact the Planning Department @ 774-2380.
    Elevation Certificate?
Required when the structure is to be located in a Flood Plain.
    Fire Sprinklers?
This is a separate submittal to this office when fire sprinklers are new or modified.
This is a separate submittal to the Planning Department.
    Reduction of Site Plans
Two sets copied on 8 1/2" x 11" or 11" x 17" size paper.
    Reduction of Floor Plans
Two sets copied on 8 1/2" x 11" or 11" x 17" size paper.
    Structural Calculations
One copy, if required.
    Book Specifications
One copy. The Department prefers specifications as part of a document package.
    Interior Lighting Budget
One copy per electrical engineer. Provide note that exterior lighting is per minimum standards. See "Electrical Drawing Requirements".
    Civil drawing
    Cover drawing
  1. Project Data (Construction type, occupancy type, and building square footage. Multi floor buildings must show square footage per floor).
    • Drawing Index (Show all drawings submitted).
    • Project Directory (General contractor and subcontractor (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) information if available at time of submittal).
    • Parking Requirements
    • Symbols Legend
    • Height of Building
    • Referenced Codes (Oregon Structural Specialty Code, ASCE 7, etc.).
    Site Plan
    Foundation Plan(s)
    Floor Plan(s)
    Framing Plan(s)
Or provide information on another plan.
    Building Cross-sections
    Exterior Elevations
    Roof Plan
    Plumbing Information/drawings
When applicable. Additional information may be required.
    Mechanical Information/drawings
When applicable. Additional information may be required.
    Electrical Information/drawings
When applicable. Additional information may be required.
    Landscape Drawings
    Restaurant Kitchen Drawings
For new or modified kitchens.

Building Code Standards


2005 Oregon One and Two Family Dwelling Specialty Code


2007 Oregon Structural Specialty Code


2005 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code


2005 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code


2007 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code

Safety Information

Swimming Pool Safety

If you own a swimming pool in the City of Medford or are building one, the International One and Two Family Dwelling Code provides safety standards to help prevent an accidental drowning from happening. The following are items that we check for when performing a final inspection on a swimming pool:


  • The top of barrier must be a minimum 48" above grade, measured from the side of the barrier that faces away from the swimming pool.
  • The maximum gap between the grade and bottom of barrier shall be 2".
  • Openings in the barrier shall not allow passage of a 4" diameter sphere.
  • Solid barriers, such as block walls, shall not contain indentations or protrusions, which could make them climbable.
  • Where there are horizontal and vertical members and the distance to the top of the horizontal members is less than 45", the horizontal members shall be located on the swimming pool side of the fence. Spacing between the vertical members shall not exceed 1 3/4". Where there are decorative cutouts within vertical members, spacing between the cutouts shall not exceed 1 3/4" in width.
  • Where there are horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is 45" or more, spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 4". Where there are decorative cutouts within vertical members, spacing within the cutouts shall not exceed 1 3/4" in width.
  • Maximum mesh size in chain link fence is 1 1/4" or slats provided.
  • Maximum opening in diagonal members (i.e. Lattice, etc.) is 1 3/4".


  • Pedestrian access gates shall open outward and be equipped with a self-latching device.
  • Access gates (other than pedestrian) shall be equipped to accommodate a locking device.
  • Where the release mechanism is located less than 54" high, the release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate at least 3" below the top
    of the gate and the gate and barrier shall have no opening greater than 1/2" within 18" of the release mechanism.

Dwellings Exiting Into Pool Area:

  • Where a wall or dwelling serves as part of the barrier, one of the following conditions shall be met:

  1. The pool shall be equipped with a power safety cover in compliance with ASTM F1346 as listed in Section B106; or
  2. Other means of protection, such as self-closing doors with self-latching devices or door alarms must be installed on all doors.

If you need any further information or know about an unsafe pool, please contact the Medford Building Safety Department @ 774-2350. Thank you for your cooperation.

Earthquake Preparedness Information

Oregon's Emergency Management website has valuable information about how to make the furnishings in your home earthquake-safe. Go to the link below and find the earthquake section under emergency preparedness information.

Earthquake Preparedness Information, Link to Oregon Emergency Management

Smoke Alarms

Relating to new construction and most major remodeling work, the following is a summary of what the Oregon One and Two Family Dwelling Code states:

  • Smoke alarms shall be installed in each sleeping room, outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and on each additional story of the dwelling, including basements and cellars but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics.
  • All alarms shall be interconnected...
  • Ionization smoke alarms shall not be located closer than 3' horizontally from:
    • the door to a kitchen
    • the door to a bathroom containing a tub or shower
    • a supply register of a forced air heating or cooling system (outside the airflow from those registers).
  • A smoke alarm installed within 20' of a cooking appliance shall be photoelectric-type smoke alarm or the alarm shall have an approved alarm silencer means.
To find out more information about smoke alarms and fire safety, click on the link below.
Additional Department Information

Building Contacts

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