Codes

Building Code Council to Update State Rules as Well as Council Bylaws
 
  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. To review comments received click this link. NEW! Draft document for public hearing

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 Fire Code Issues Update: Click here for the updated emergency rule filed on Oct. 7, 2016; this includes changes provided by the TAG, and adopted by the Council. These rules will remain in effect until after the 2017 Legislative Session is adjourned, when the permanent rules will take effect.
Chapter 1/Permits 
and - Chapter 38/ Marijuana Processing or Extraction Facilities
and Chapter 53/Carbon Dioxide Systems

Emergency Rules adopted:

Group E Alarms
The Council recently renewed an emergency rule regarding Group E  and Group I-4 emergency voice-alarms in the IBC and IFC, while permanent rulemaking is underway.  Click here to review the emergency rule; click these links for the IBC and IFC proposed language.

WAC 51-51-0301
The 60/psf live load for decks amendment to IRC 301.5 as adopted by SBCC in 2015 is now in effect. On October 14, the Council adopted Interpretation 16-11, which provides span and ledger connection details based on the 60/psf load.

  
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Upcoming

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Dec 16 | Executive Committee Meeting, 11 am
                  DES Room 2330, Olympia
       
          

          

 

 

 

 

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 Economic Workgroup 2016 -  Membership List

The State Building Council
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.  


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Featured Links 

NICET - Fire Alarm Installation and Inspection Requirements for NICET II and NICET III: Re: 7/1/17 deadline for Washington State compliance

  Rulemaking  

  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)