The adoption period of new model codes begins with the availability of the new editions every three years and ends with formal adoption of the building code as amended by the Council. The supplements are not considered new editions and are not adopted by the state. The code and amendments cannot take effect until they sit through a legislative session.
Statewide code change proposals for the new code are accepted until March 1. See WAC 51-04-020 for more specific information on submission dates and the adoption period. Proposals received after this deadline will be considered the following year. All proposed statewide amendments need to be submitted in writing, on the form provided.
At their March meeting, the Council reviews the statewide code change proposals received and forwards them to the applicable Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The Technical Advisory Groups review the proposed statewide amendments, as well as any changes in the new editions of the model codes. In June, they report their findings and recommendations to the Council. Proposed statewide