Rulemaking Update:The SBCC has adopted the 2015 editions of the IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC and UPC with state amendments; and the 2015 Washington State Energy Code. The 2015 codes are effective on July 1, 2016. Click the links below to view the amendments for each code: Building Code - WAC 51-50Residential Code - WAC 51-51Fire Code - WAC 51-54AMechanical Code - WAC 51-52Plumbing Code - WAC 51-56WSEC Comm. - WAC 51-11CWSEC Res. - WAC 51-11RWSEC Appendices
Cannabis Issues: This month, the SBCC opened recruitment for a new Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to address cannabis-related issues - to review the codes related to cannabis production and processing. See the TAG Announcement bulletin here to learn how to apply for a position. Please apply by January 31, 2015.
The 2015 code changes related to cannabis growing and processing are found in both the Building Code and the Fire Code, as follows:Building Code - "Marijuana processing" facilities have been listed as a Group F-1 occupancy;"Marijuana growing" is removed from the list of Group F-1 occupancies;The definition of "greenhouse" is broadened to include structures used for 'cultivation, protection or maintenance of plants' and is classified as Group U. Fire Code - Permits are required for cannabis extraction systems. Both an operational permit and a construction permit are required to use or install a cannabis extraction system.A new chapter of the Fire Code, Chapter 38 - Marijuana Processing and Extraction Facilities - is adopted as an emergency rule, but not as a permanent rule at this time. Print code insert page on permits - HERE; and for the Chapter 38 - Marijuana Processing and Extraction Facilities - HERE.
Emergency Rules adopted:Elevator shaft protection At the October 16 Council meeting an emergency rule was adopted regarding elevator cabling. Click here to review the rule as adopted.
Click the "Meeting Schedules and Agendas" tab above to see the list of past and future scheduled Council and Committee meetings.
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April 29 | Cannabis Issues TAG DES Building/Room 2331 9 a.m. to noon
May 12 | BFP Committee Meeting DES Bldg / Room 2330
May 13 | Council Meeting DES Bldg / Presentation Room
is a state agency created by the legislature to provide independent analysis and objective advice to the legislature and the Governor's Office on state building code issues. The Council establishes the minimum building, mechanical, fire, plumbing and energy code requirements necessary to promote the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state of Washington, by reviewing, developing and adopting the state building code.
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 By-laws (updated April 2012)
SBCC Process Improvement 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)