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The Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying leased office is in this Salem building. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying leased office is in this Salem building. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

Since 1919, the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) has regulated the practice of engineering. In 1945, regulation of the land surveying profession was added. In 1987, OSBEELS absorbed administrative oversight for Certified Water Right Examiners. In 2005, legislation was passed to include authority to regulate the practice of photogrammetric mapping.

The 11-member board, along with 15 staff, assures that professional engineers, land surveyors, photogrammetrists and certified water right examiners registered to practice in Oregon are qualified in fields in which technical and professional knowledge and skills are required. This is accomplished by setting standards of qualification for licensure; ensuring only individuals fully qualified by education, experience and examination are granted the privilege by license to practice engineering, land surveying, photogrammetric mapping and water right examination in Oregon; requiring that all licensed practitioners maintain competency; reviewing relevant laws and rules and revising them expeditiously; vigorously and impartially pursuing enforcement of regulatory laws and rules by carefully investigating any complaints or information relating to violations; and effectively disseminating information regarding board goals and activities to licensees and the public.

OSBEELS transitioned to semi-independent status in 1999. There are no tax dollars used for the board’s operation. Activities are supported entirely by fees received from applicants and licensees. OSBEELS currently regulates more than 25,000 licensed professionals.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 670 Hawthorne Ave. SE, Suite 220, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-362-2666
Fax: 503-362-5454
General Email:
Contact: Mari Lopez, Administrator
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Jenn Gilbert
Records Officer Email: Mari Lopez
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 672.240
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Records, Publications and General Information

State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog