State Codes, Regulations & Guidelines
SBCC Building Codes
The 2012 editions of the model codes with Washington State Amendments went into effect on July 1, 2013. This includes adoption of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code with Washington State Amendments. The Council also approved two Emergency Rules for the Energy Code that also go into effect on July 1, 2013. The Emergency Rules moved the four counties previously identified as Climate Zone 6B into Climate Zone 5B, and created a prescriptive path for increased glazing area in commercial buildings.
The state amendments to the codes can be accessed by clicking on the menu to the left. The base model code, adopted by reference, should be available at the reference desk at your local library or at the permit counter of your local building department.
If you have any questions about the changes or would like further information, please call Council Staff at (360) 407-9280.
The National Electrical Code is adopted and amended by the Department of Labor and Industries. Please see their code site at http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Electrical
Printed copies of the State Amendments and all the Model Codes may be purchased from the Washington Association of Building Officials, www.wabobookstore.org or call toll-free within Washington, 1-888-664-9515.
Both printed and electronic copies of the International Codes and the ICC/ANSI A117.1 can be purchased directly from the International Code Council, www.iccsafe.org or call toll free at 1-888-422-7233.
Copies of the Uniform Plumbing Code can be purchased directly from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, http://www.iapmostore.org/ or call toll free at 1-800-854-2766.
State Building Code
The Washington State Building Code is comprised of the model code editions listed below with Washington State Amendments. For your convenience, the Washington State Energy Code is available in its entirety.
Final Cost Benefit Analyses: (Energy Code)
Residential Analysis Non-Residential Analysis
State Building Code
The State Building Code (SBC) is the minimum construction requirement for the state of Washington and includes: