Cities balk at red tape

New rule would ban government use of private contractors

LINCOLN CITY — A recent decision by a little-known state agency is being described as a setback for cash-strapped governments and anyone seeking a building permit at the Oregon coast. The new rule by the Oregon Building Codes Division bars governments from outsourcing building inspections and permits to licensed private contractors, a move that critics predict will slow the permitting process just as Oregon’s construction industry is rebounding.

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