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700 NW Dimmick St., Suite A
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: 541.474.5405
Fax: 541.474.5406
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - NOON
Building Safety

Current staffing resources at Building Safety are extremely limited.

Inspection schedule change - Effective 9-2-14

Due to a sudden and unexpected reduction in staff, we are forced to make a change in our inspection schedule.  At the current time, with this loss in staff, we do not currently have staff inspectors certified for plumbing or electrical.  We have begun the process of re-filling this position.

Therefore, effective September 2, 2014, electrical inspections will be limited to Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  We will make every attempt to do plumbing inspections Monday through Friday. We intend to do other non-electrical/plumbing inspections Monday through Friday as well (e.g. Structural, including footings/stemwall, insulation; Mechanical, including wood stove installations, fans, heat-pumps, gas lines, etc.) depending on staff availability.

For many years, we have utilized contracted third-party inspectors to assist with plumbing and electrical inspections as needed and we will continue to utilize these third-party inspectors until the inspector position can be filled.  In order for us to provide the most efficient and predictable service, it is requested that plumbing inspections also be requested for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Further, since rough framing, plumbing, electrical and mechanical inspections are done at the same time, those inspections will be most efficiently addressed when requested for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in order to include electrical.

At this time, we intend to keep other inspections and schedules consistent with our current format.  Illinois Valley inspections will still be Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Inspection requests received by 5:00pm, in accordance with the schedule noted above, will be scheduled for the next day.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we ask for your patience as we work to resolve this difficult situation.  If you have any questions please contact us at 541-474-5405 or by email at

In an effort to provide helpful information with limited personnel we have many resources available here on our webpage. 

See the "Documents and Forms" section on the left for handouts and helpful information.

See the "Links" below for access to Oregon's building codes online and other helpful information including wall bracing calculators and forms.

For assistance with developing plans and specifications to meet the requirements of the codes, we recommend that you contact the local home builders association, local designer, architect or engineer.  Contacts are available in the phone book or online.

Due to the fact that Building Safety staff is extremely limited and the work load is significant, an inspector/plans examiner may not available for general code-related questions during open hours.  Additional options are email and phone (see contact information on the left menu). 

Well prepared plans and documents help facilitate timely plan review.  Please consult a professional to assist you as necessary.

Plans need to adequately describe the proposed construction and are required to clearly show the wall bracing requirements.

Please see the document labeled, "Plan submittal  requirements and information"



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To assist the citizens of Josephine County in the application of the state's specialty codes in a flexible, fair and safety-focused manner with the goal of providing safe buildings in our community.

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