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OBOA Special Inspection Program (SIP)

    


About the Special Inspection Program (SIP) and Its Value to Oregon Building Officials

The OBOA Special Inspection Program is a voluntary program of the Oregon Building Officials Association (OBOA).  The program is intended to assist Building Officials in their responsibility of reviewing and approving special inspectors and inspection/testing agencies for given projects within their respective municipality.

The Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) requires that all construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the Building Official.  In addition to these (required) inspections, the owner, or the Engineer/Architect of Record, acting as the owner’s agent, shall employ one or more Special Inspectors who shall provide inspections during construction as outlined in OSSC, Section 1704.

This Special Inspection Program (SIP) was developed in response to a need, expressed by a number of jurisdictions and quality control agencies in the State of Oregon, for a uniform registrar to assist Building Officials in verifying certifications and accreditations of special inspection agencies and special inspectors.  The OBOA SIP provides the means for Testing and/or Inspection agencies and Special Inspectors to demonstrate competency to which Building Officials in the State of Oregon may reference to determine if an agency or individual has met certain recognized criteria to perform special inspection in the areas required for each individual project.

This program is designed around the philosophy that the “special inspector” (as referenced in the OSSC Section 1704) is an individual employed by or affiliated with one or more quality control agency(s) registered with OBOA.  This agency shall be organized with qualified management, and supervisory personnel, special inspectors and laboratory technicians together with the appropriate equipment and facilities to conduct material testing in accordance with those standards stipulated in the OSSC.

The SIP is intended to assist Building Officials in their responsibility of reviewing and approving special inspectors and inspection/testing agencies for given projects within their respective municipality.  The SIP is, in simplest terms, a central repository or database that maintains a listing of registered inspectors and agencies and their respective certifications and/or accreditations.  Please note, the current version of the program, unlike previously, no longer tests nor interviews individuals or agencies (OBOA does not "qualify" or endorse agencies or individuals, instead OBOA verifies they have the accreditation(s) or certification(s) at the time of application to be placed on the OBOA roster(s).  The OBOA SIP is also no longer involved in auditing inspection and testing laboratories.  The SIP relies on the accrediting bodies and authorized authorities to review, monitor, and enforce individuals and agencies as per the requirements of the applicable national standards for which they received their certification and accreditation.

It is recommended that the Building Official refer to the ICC Special Inspection Manual, 2012 Edition (or current) as a reference guide for additional procedures and sample forms for administering the day-to-day oversight of special inspection services.

The SIP recognizes that agencies conducting testing, inspection or both in the State are varied in size and scope.  Where one agency may be a single individual, another may be a large company with a large staff of specialists.  Nothing within our program should be construed to limit or eliminate any agency or individual from participating in the program.

DOWNLOAD OBOA SPECIAL INSPECTION PROGRAM DOCUMENT - All building officials, stakeholders, and interested parties should familiarize themselves with this OBOA Special Inspection Program Document.  This document contains detailed descriptions, definitions, processes, and relevant terms associated with the program


How OBOA SIP Works

OBOA's role in administering the Special Inspection Program is to provide our members and interested parties with helpful and relevant information in one simple place.  OBOA reviews each application submitted from individual special inspectors and testing and inspection agencies.  Applications that are verified and approved are added to the OBOA rosters as appropriate (one for agencies and one for individuals).  The rosters are maintained on a regular basis.  It is always suggested that each individual building official does their due diligence in the process as required.  OBOA does not take responsibility for any of the work performed by agencies or inspectors, it simply provides the information as a service and convenience for our member building officials and staff. 

If you are looking for a list of registered inspectors, please click this link (agency list coming soon): OBOA Special Inspector Roster (individual registered inspectors)


All building officials, stakeholders, and interested parties should familiarize themselves with this OBOA Special Inspection Program Document (link below). 
This document contains detailed descriptions, definitions, processes, and relevant terms associated with the program.

OBOA SPECIAL INSPECTION PROGRAM DOCUMENT
Click link above to download/access the document

APPLY FOR REGISTRATION
AGENCY OR SPECIAL INSPECTOR

To be included on either list, an application form must be submitted.

Registration for each agency and individual is based on the calendar year.  Verification of accreditation and/or certification is verified by OBOA staff at the time of application.

To be included on the OBOA Agency and/or Special Inspector Rosters, an application form must be submitted.  Two application options: 1) apply online via the link below, or 2) download/print the application and return it to the OBOA SIP office.

OBOA SIP Agency Application (company/organization):

  • Apply ONLINE for Agency Registration
  • Download PRINTABLE Application - fax completed forms to 503.253.9172

OBOA Special Inspector Application (individual):

  • Apply ONLINE as an Individual Special Inspector
  • Download PRINTABLE Application - fax completed forms to 503.253.9172

SIP ROSTERS
REGISTERED AGENCIES & INSPECTORS

To be included on one of these rosters, simply apply using the links above.

OBOA Special Inspector Roster (individual registered inspectors)
This is a previous version of the individual roster for reference. 

OBOA SIP Agency Roster is coming soon!  Updated rosters for both agencies and inspectors will be posted here soon!

Note: Neither roster will be an exhaustive list.  Other agencies and inspectors may be qualified that have not applied for recognition on our lists.  All individuals must be employed by or affiliated with a registered OBOA SIP Agency to be included on this list.

Individuals and agencies must submit expiration dates (accreditation and/or certification as it applies) with each application.  The status of their current accreditation or certification is verified at the time of application.

Additional important and helpful resources

OBOA Appendix (to supplement the SIP Document)

Sample/Template Special Inspection & Testing Agreement
Provided as a helpful and convenient tool for jurisdictions to use as a template. 
The document is editable -- simply add in your jurisdiction's logo and contact information (and any other details particular to your municipality or project).

If you are looking for a list of registered inspectors, please click this link (agency list coming soon): OBOA Special Inspector Roster (individual registered inspectors)

 


Please note: This is a modified/updated version of the OBOA Special Inspection Program.  It functions differently than the program administered prior to 2016. 
If you have any questions about this change, please call Vicky Danielson, OBOA Association Manager, in the OBOA office at 503.691.6262.