New Development in Portland's URM regulation

Posted By: Jonathan Clay Advocacy Alerts, Portland/SW Washington,

There has been a new development in the ongoing saga of the city of Portland’s policies toward URM buildings. Judge Acosta just ruled that the City of Portland (Bureau of Development Services) has violated the temporary restraining order he gave on 2/14/19 when URM listed building owners were sent compliance letters and emails on March 26th.                  

On February 15th Judge Acosta ordered a two-month delay of the Portland ordinance that would require warnings in buildings vulnerable to earthquakes. Judge Acosta’s ruling pushed back disclosure and placarding requirements in URM buildings from March 1, 2019 to May 1, 2019.

On February 27th Portland City Council voted to amend the timeline for the placard and tenant notification requirements concerning unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings within the city of Portland. The URM disclosure language requirement in application/lease language was pushed to June 1st, 2019. The disclosure will read: "the building is an unreinforced masonry building, and unreinforced masonry buildings may be unsafe in the event of a major earthquake." The new date for placarding requirements for designated URM buildings has been pushed back to November 1, 2020.