The State Building Code Council is considering updates to its state rules as well as its bylaws.The purpose of both updates is the same: To improve clarity and transparency, to ensure a fair process for all stakeholders, and to encourage effective participation in developing state building codes.
The State Building Code Council took formal public comment on proposed changes to its rules from June 1 to December 9, including a December 2 public hearing.
At its January 6, 2017, meeting the Council will review comments received, and may also adopt the proposed changes.
The proposed updates aim to improve clarity and transparency, ensure a fair process for all stakeholders and encourage effective participation in developing state building codes.
A formal rulemaking process is required to make updates to agency rules--in this instance Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 51-04, which guides how amendments to the stat building code are considered. Updating the rules will also help explain the Council's obligation under state law - RCW 19.27, also called the State Building Code Act.
The Council's proposal would update the following segments of the existing WAC:
Before submitting the proposed updates tot he state Code Reviser, the Council requested public input. CLICK HERE to view input received.
In June the Council requested input on the following topics:
Ensure the reasons and process for adopting and amending the national model code are clear. This includes:
WAC 51-04-020 -- Policies for consideration of proposed statewide amendments Criteria for state amendmentsDeadlines for state amendment proposalsTimeline for adoption of new model codesWAC 51-04-025 -- Procedures for submittal of proposed statewide amendments Purpose of petition for emergency amendmentsReview submittal form
In July, the Council requested input on the following topic:
The Council also sought public feedback on proposed Bylaw updates in September and held a discussion on feedback at its December 2 meeting.
At its January 6 meeting, the Council will take public comment on the proposed Bylaw updates, and may also adopt the proposed updates.
Bylaws govern procedures such as meeting and voting protocols as well as the composition of standing committees and procedures for technical advisory groups.
A two-thirds majority vote of the Council is required to enact any Bylaw changes.
The Council sought input on the following topics related to Bylaws in September:
If you have any further questions, please contact Council staff at (360) firstname.lastname@example.orgWashington State Building Code CouncilPost Office Box 41449Olympia, WA 98504-1449Phone: (360) 407-9280Fax: (360) 586-9088