Emergency Rules adopted:
Group E Alarms
The Council recently renewed an emergency rule regarding Group E  and Group I-4 emergency voice-alarms in the IBC and IFC, while permanent rulemaking is underway.  Click here to review the current emergency rule; for the IBC and IFC proposed permanent language, see this link.

Building Code Council  Updates State Rules, Council Bylaws
   The State Building Code Council has updated its state rules and its bylaws. The purpose of both updates is the same: to improve clarity and transparency, to ensure a fair process for all stakeholders, and to encourage effective participation in developing state building codes. See the Final Adopted Changes here.
  For more information on the process, please see the 2016 Review of Policies, Procedures & Bylaws page. Rule Filing

WAC 51-51-0301
The 60 psf live load for decks amendment to IRC R301.5 as adopted by the SBCC in 2015 is now in effect. On October 14, the Council adopted Interpretation 16-11, which provides span and ledger connection details based on the 60 psf

Cannabis Fire Code Issues Update:
 Click here for the updated emergency rule filed on Oct. 7, 2016; this includes changes provided by the TAG, and adopted by the Council. These rules will remain in effect until after the 2017 Legislative Session is adjourned, when the permanent rules will take effect.
Chapter 1/Permits 
and - Chapter 38/ Marijuana Processing or Extraction Facilities
and Chapter 53/Carbon Dioxide Systems

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May 31 | RTF Ad Hoc Committee
                DES Room 2320

  June 8 | BFP Committee
                DES Room 2331

  June 9 | Council Meeting
                 DES Presentation Room, Olympia


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NEW INFORMATION: On May 12, 2017, the Council adopted amendments to the 2015 International Building Code and International Fire Code Section 907, Fire Alarm and Detection Systems.
   The amendments cover several topics:

  • Group E school fire alarms - The new amendment provides several options for school fire alarms and occupant notification
  • NICET - Fire Alarm Installation and Inspection: On March 10, 2017 the Council voted to change the deadline for NICET certification from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018 


  Press release on invalidation of 15-093/15-110

  AAG memo on UPC/IPC
     Council letter on the state plumbing code

  2015 ICC Model Codes

  SBCC Bylaws (updated May 2017)

  Guidelines for providing public testimony 

  Online training for Boards & Commissions 

  2012 SBCC Energy Code Legislative Report  

  2015 SBCC Energy Code Legislative Report

  2012 Washington State Energy Code
          (ICC version)