Rulemaking Updates:
The SBCC recently finished 2015 rulemaking activities, adopting the following codes which are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2016:
2015 IBC with state amendments;
2015 IRC with state amendments;
2015 IMC with state amendments;
IFC with state amendments;
2015 UPC with state amendments.
Cannabis Issues: The code changes related to marijuana growing and processing are found in both the Fire Code and the Buidling Code, as follows:
Building Code -
"Marijuana processing" faciitites 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.  It will continue in place as an emergency rule subject to development of a permanent rule by a Cannabis Techncial Advisory Group (TAG).
The SBCC will form this new TAG to address marijuana-related issues and work on appropriate code development for the Fire and Building Codes over the next year. As with other special TAG groups (e.g., CO issue, PV issue, Green Building issue) industry will be a partner in finding solutions, along with local officials, Council members and staff. The goal is to work to reach consensus on the issues, and then provide proposed solutions to the Council for rulemaking action. Recruitment for the TAG will begin in January.
Print code insert page on permits - HERE; and for the Chapter 38 - Marijuana Processing and Extraction Facilites - HERE
Emergency Rules adopted:
ator shaft protection At the October 16 Council meeting an emergency rule was adopted regarding elevator cabling.  The provisions in the rule were scheduled to be adopted with the 2015 codes, but the Council determined that this is a life safety issue that needs to be effective immediately. Click here to review the rule as adopted.

Link to All 2015 Code Change Proposals See the Rulemaking page and the  Written Testimony  page for more information.  Also see the various TAG pages for informaton related to TAG process and proposal consideration for each code.


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 Council Meeting - 10 a.m.
Olympia - Location to be determined




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  AAG memo on UPC/IPC
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  2015 ICC Model Codes

  SBCC By-laws (updated April 2012)

  SBCC Process Improvement 

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  Online training for Boards & Commissions 

  2012 SBCC Energy Code Legislative Report  

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