Building Code Council to Update State Rules as Well as Council Bylaws --Opportunity for first round of input begins now-- The State Building Code Council is seeking public input as it updates 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. For more information, please see the 2016 Review of Policies, Procedures & Bylaws page.
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. To view the amendments in html format, go to the Legislative website; for the pdf insert pages, see the State Building Code page.
Cannabis Issues TAG Update: The TAG completed their review of IFC Chapter 38 and developed new recommended language. Next step is rulemaking, to include public hearings in the fall. The Council took action on June 10 for the renewal of the emergency rules, and to move forward with permanent rulemaking. See the updated emergency rule that incorporates the TAGs changes by clicking these links:Chapter 1/Permits and - Chapter 38/ Marijuana Processing or Extraction Facilities
Emergency Rules adopted:Modify WAC 51-51-0301Language in the 2015 IRC poses a possible safety hazard due to an inconsistency with Table R301.5. At their June 10th meeting, the Council opted to declare an emergency rule effective July 1, 2016 to correct this issue. Click here for more information.
Group E AlarmsIn response to Legislative direction, the Council took action at their May 13 meeting to adopt an emergency rule regarding Group E and Group I-4 emergency voice-alarms. Click here to review the rule as adopted.
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July 19 | Executive Committee Meeting, 1 pm DES - Room 2332
is a state agency created by the legislature to provide independent analysis and objective advice to the legislature and the Governor's Office on state building code issues. The Council establishes the minimum building, mechanical, fire, plumbing and energy code requirements necessary to promote the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state of Washington, by reviewing, developing and adopting the state building code.
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)
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)