Rules Currently in Development or Recently Passed
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Rules Under ConsiderationUpdated April 6, 2016
Emergency Voice Alarms - The Council adopted rules regarding emergency voice alarms in Group E occupancies at the direction of the Legislature. This rule went into effect on May 17, 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.
There are currently two expedited rules under consideration for the 2015 Washington State Energy Code - Commercial provisions. The first is a variety of miscellaneous editorial corrections throughout the code. The second reestablishes the 2012 language in Appendix A in reference to default values for CMU wall construction. Submit written comments
Note: Council staff has identified several sections of the 2015 Fire Code/WAC 51-54A that contain typographical errors or need minor editorial corrections; we will file expedited rules to address these issues. A list is being prepared and corrections will be posted here once they are filed.
Proposed Permanent Rules
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NEW! WAC 51-04 - Policies and Procedures for Consideration of Statewide and Local Amendments to the State Building Code. The Council is updating its rules to improve clarity on how and why amendments to the state building code are considered. -- Approved Jan. 6, 2017
The 2015 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) is the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code with state amendments. Commercial Provisions - The Council voted to send a number of minor changes to the WSEC through permanent rulemaking at their March 11, 2016 meeting. -- Adopted Nov. 18, 2016
2015 IBC / IFC - Group E and Group I-4 emergency alarms. In response to a legislative directive, the Council is entering rulemaking to eliminate current rules regarding emergency voice alarm communication system requirements.
2015 IFC: - Changes to Chapter 38 regarding cannabis extraction and processing based on the rules developed in association with the Technical Advisory Group. -- Adopted Nov. 18, 2016
Recently Enacted Rules
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.
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.