Rules Currently in Development or Recently Passed
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Rules Under ConsiderationUpdated January 7, 2016
Marijuana Processing and Extraction Facilities - The Council adopted rules for marijuana permitting, processing and extraction that went into effect on July 1, 2015.These rules will also be considered during the 2015 rulemaking cycle.
Elevator Shaft Protection - The Council adopted rules for protection of elevator cabling at their October 16, 2015 meeting. This rule went into effect on October 20, 2015.
Correcting the Council's mailing address in various WACs - The mailing address for the state building code council is corrected in WAC 51-04, Policies and procedures for consideration of statewide and local amendments to the State Building Code; and WAC 51-06, Public records. WAC 51-08, Uniform procedural rules, is being repealed. The permanent rule was filed December 8, 2015. Submit written comments
Proposed Permanent Rules - These rules have now been adopted
See "Recently Enacted Rules" below for text of final adopted rules.
The 2015 State Building Code is comprised of the codes noted below.
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2015 International Building Code - This code also includes ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009, Requirements for Accessible and Useable Buildings and Facilities, and the 2015 International Existing Building Code. This code also includes the proposed amendment to Section 306.2, adding marijuana growing and extraction to the list of Group F-1 occupancies.
2015 International Residential Code - This code includes the proposal for automatic fire sprinklers in townhouses and the proposal for exemptions from sprinkler requirements for some short term rentals.
2015 International Mechanical Code - This code also includes the 2015 International Fuel Gas Code, the 2015 National Fuel Gas Code, and the 2015 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code.
2015 International Fire Code - This code includes the proposed rules for marijuana processing and extraction facilities.
2015 Uniform Plumbing Code
The 2015 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) is the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code with state amendments. 2015 Washington State Energy Code, Commercial Provisions (Errata, 10/7/15)
2015 Washington State Energy Code, Residential Provisions (Errata, 8/27/15) 2015 Washington State Energy Code Preliminary Cost Benefit Analysis - This document addresses both the Commercial and Residential provisions
Link to Written Testimony submitted for 2015 code adoption
Recently Enacted Rules
Section M2302 - Installation of PV solar energy systems. This rule allows installation of panels and modules without an engineering report if certain criteria is met.
Section R302.2 - Townhouse fire separation. This rule clarifies the requirements for separation of townhouse units.
Section 903.2.3 and Definitions. This rule makes the building code definitions for "portable school classrooms" and "cluster" and requirements for fire sprinklers in the same consistent with the fire code.
Table 2902.1. A footnote is added to the Group E classification, allowing the building official to use 100 square feet gross area for occupant load calculations for plumbing fixtures.
Section 907.2.3. This rule raises the exemption for Group E manual fire alarms from 30 occupants to 50 occupants.
Adoption and Amendment of the 2015 International Building Code: This code also includes ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009, Requirements for Accessible and Useable Buildings and Facilities, and the 2015 International Existing Building Code Official Register Filing
Adoption and Amendment of the 2015 International Residential Code Official Register Filing
Adoption and Amendment of the 2015 International Mechanical Code: This code also includes the 2015 International Fuel Gas Code, the 2015 National Fuel Gas Code, and the 2015 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code Official Register Filing
Adoption and Amendment of the 2015 International Fire Code Official Register Filing
Adoption and Amendment of the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code Official Register Filing
Adoption and amendment of the 2015 Washington State Energy Code - Commercial Official Register FilingAdoption and amendment of the 2015 Washington State Energy Code - Residential Official Register FilingFinal Cost Benefit Analysis - This document addresses both the Commercial and Residential portions of the Energy Code.