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 51-50
Residential Code - WAC 51-51
Fire Code - WAC 51-54A
Mechanical Code - WAC 51-52
Plumbing Code - WAC 51-56
WSEC Comm. - WAC 51-11C
WSEC Res.  - WAC 51-11R
WSEC 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:
ator shaft protection 
At the October 16 Council meeting an emergency rule was adopted regarding elevator cabling.   Click here to review the rule as adopted.

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  • Process improvement suggestions;
  • Washington State amendments;
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Council Meeting Documents (check back often for updated links)   Please note this site works best with Explorer as your browser. PDF files may not open properly when using Chrome.         


    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



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Featured Links  


  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)