Residential Construction Requirements

The Oregon Fire Code Applications Guide (PDF) will help explain some of the most common fire code requirements for roadways that will serve your property. 

It is important that once the roadway is in for your property you continue to make it accessible by trimming back brush and low-hanging branches from the roadway. Additionally, your address should be clearly marked and visible from the street. When homes are built in areas considered wildland it is very important that adequate fire breaks are provided in order to help protect your home. 

In areas where the forestland is near your home, we have an extra set of requirements separate from the standard fire department access concerns to protect your home from a wildfire and prevent a house fire from expanding to the woods. An adequate primary and secondary fire break can prevent a forest fire from damaging your home, and it can stop a building fire from burning into the forest land.  Generally, a primary fire break of at least 30 feet around the home where there are no trees, brush, or combustible material is required.  Beyond this initial primary fire break, an extra 100 feet of secondary fire break where no limbs and brush are within 8 feet of the ground is needed.  Areas, where the terrain is steep, may need increased fire breaks to adequately protect your home. 

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For additional information, to schedule a new construction access inspection, or to have your home’s fire safety evaluated, contact our office at 503-992-3240 or and we would be happy to assist your fire safety needs.