Rules Currently in Development or Recently Passed
Rules Under ConsiderationUpdated October 7, 2015
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. Submit written comments
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 WAC 51-08, Uniform procedural rules, is being repealed. Submit written comments
The Council is entering the comment period on proposed rules to adopt the 2015 State Building Code. The first Public Hearing will be held in Spokane on September 11, 2015, with a second Public Hearing in Olympia on October 16, 2015. Written public comment must be submitted by October 23, 2015. The rules are anticipated to be effective July 1, 2016.
The 2015 State Building Code is comprised of the codes noted below.
Click on the green link to see the proposed amendments to the indicated code. The blue link will take you to an email to submit written testimony. A link at the bottom of the list will take you to all of the written testimony submitted to date on all of the codes.
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. Submit written comments on the 2015 IBC
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. Submit written comments on the 2015 IRC
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. Submit written comments on the 2015 IMC
2015 International Fire Code - This code includes the proposed rules for marijuana processing and extraction facilities. Submit written comments on the 2015 IFC
2015 Uniform Plumbing Code Submit written comments on the 2015 UPC
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) Submit written comments on the 2015 WSEC
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 All of the rules noted below can be found in insert page format on the Codes Page.
These rules were adopted effective May 1, 2015:
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.