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Standards for 'tiny homes' advance through Legislature

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House passes bill to put code into legislation, which lawmaker says is unusual; Senate consideration is next.

Oregon's debate over "tiny homes," with a floor area of 400 square feet or less, took one more step in the Oregon House.

House Bill 2737 moved to the Senate on a 43-16 vote Tuesday (May 2).

It requires the Department of Consumer and Business Services, parent of the state Building Codes Division, to adopt specified standards for such homes by Jan. 1, 2018. Among them are standards drawn from the International Residential Code for lofts and ladders.

The bill's standards would expire automatically in 2024, after the Building Codes Division conducts its next periodic review of codes for Oregon adoption.

Rep. Paul Holvey, a Democrat from Eugene, said the bill emerged from a decision by the division in January 2016 that it would no longer issue certificates for such structures as "recreational vehicles."



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