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31.10.030 Definitions.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 180917, 181956 and 187748, effective June 17, 2016.)

A.  “Aerial Luminary Device” (commonly known as a sky lantern) is any device that has an open flame and which can be sent airborne or adrift.

B.  “Building” is any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy.

C.  “Certificate of Fitness” means a written statement issued by the Fire Marshal certifying that the person to whom the certificate is issued has passed an examination as to his or her qualifications to perform the specifically identified work and that he or she has authority to perform such work during the term specified.

D.  “Commercial Building” means any structure, tank or yard that is subject to regulation under applicable fire codes.  It includes any temporary structure or vehicle that is used for commercial purposes and is not moved for 60 days.  It includes occupancies on public and private property as well as on all other types of ownership.  It does not include one and two-family residential structures.

E.  “Entity” includes a corporation, foreign corporation, nonprofit corporation, profit and nonprofit unincorporated association, business trust, estate, partnership, trust, sole proprietorship, individual, two or more persons having a joint or common economic interest, any state, the United States and any foreign government.

F.  “Fee Schedule” means a listing of fees, penalties, discounts and other payments payable to the City of Portland for services or other requirements set forth in this Title, which is adopted by City Council.

G.  “Fire Bureau” shall mean Portland Fire & Rescue.

H.  “Fire Code” means the Oregon Fire Code, 2014 edition, with City of Portland Amendments.

I.  “Fire Hazard” means any thing or act which increases or may cause an increase of the hazard or menace of fire to a greater degree than that customarily recognized as normal by persons in the public service regularly engaged in preventing, suppressing or extinguishing fire; or which may obstruct, delay, hinder or interfere with the operations of the Fire Bureau or the egress of occupants in the event of fire.

J.  "Fire Regulations" means the statutes and administrative rules adopted by the State of Oregon and the Portland City Code adopted by the Council and the policies adopted under the authority granted under this Chapter to the Fire Marshal which are for the purpose of safeguarding life and property from the hazards of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the use or occupancy of buildings or premises.

K.  “Key Box”, also known as a “lock box”, is a secure metal box used to hold keys for a specific site, to provide Fire Bureau personnel access to that site.

L.  “Occupancy” means the activity in a building or on property outside a building where services or housing are provided or commodities are bought, sold, handled, manufactured or stored. A single business entity with multiple uses or activities in a building as defined by the Oregon Structural Specialty Code is considered one occupancy.  Any structure, yard or group of tanks outside a building such as tank farms, moorage and outside storage are considered one occupancy.  The definition includes individual businesses within a multiple occupancy commercial building but it does not include individual dwelling units within a multiple residential building.  The Oregon Structural Specialty Code shall define classification of all buildings and structures as to use and occupancy.

M.  “Owner/occupant” means the owner, operator, occupant or entity legally responsible for a premise or the delivery of services or housing, or the buying, selling, handling, manufacture or storage of commodities, and/or the condition of the building.

N.  “Periodic Inspection” means an inspection performed periodically by a member of the Fire Bureau for the purpose of determining that the entire occupancy is in compliance with the requirements of fire regulations.  A “periodic inspection” is also known as a “regular inspection” by the Fire Bureau.  It does not include specific requests for inspection.

O.  “Permit” means a written permission of the Fire Marshal issued pursuant to the provisions of this Title.

P.  Where terms are not defined through the methods authorized by this section, such terms shall have ordinarily accepted meanings such as the context implies.  Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged, copyright 1985, shall be considered as providing ordinary accepted meanings.

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