About SBCC

The State Building Code Council was created to advise the Legislature on building code issues and to develop the building codes used in Washington state. These codes help to ensure buildings and facilities constructed in the state are safe and healthy for building occupants, accessible to persons with disabilities and the elderly, and energy efficient.

Helps to assure the public is safe

The State Building Code (SBC) is the minimum construction requirement for the state of Washington and includes:

  • 2015 International Building Code with statewide amendments
  • ICC/ANSI A117.1-09, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, with statewide amendments (adopted as part of the IBC)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code with statewide amendments (adopted through the IBC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code with statewide amendments
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code with statewide amendments
  • 2014 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code (NFPA 58) For LP Gas
  • 2015 National Fuel Gas Code (NFPA 54) for LP Gas installations
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code with statewide amendments (adopted as part of the IMC)
  • 2015 International Fire Code with statewide amendments
  • 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code with statewide amendments
  • 2015 Washington State Energy Code
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) -- Please see the Department of Labor and Industries for information on the adoption and amendment of the National Electrical Code.

Provides detailed technical review of the State Building Code

  • State Building Code updated on a three year cycle
  • Rule-making provides a process for amendments to national and state codes
  • Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) include experts in design and construction
  • Code language is developed by technical experts, council members, and staff
  • The code is developed through open meetings and public hearings, including TAG meetings for review of each code;
    • For 2018 code adoption cycle, TAGs were chaired by Council members, as follows:
      • Fire Code - Traci Harvey
      • Building Code - Jim Tinner
      • Energy Code - Kjell Anderson
      • Plumbing Code - Steve Simpson
      • Mechanical Code - Eric Vander May
      • Residential Code - Jim Tinner
  • Standing Committees made up of Council members are also established for further review and consideration of proposals after the TAGs have made an initial recommendation.
    • For 2018 assignment of Standing Committee members is as follows:
      • Building, Fire, Plumbing Committee is chaired by Steve Simpson; members include Andrew Klein as vice chair, Al French, Diane Glenn, Robert Graper, Traci Harvey, Phillip Lemley, Jim Tinner and Doug Orth.
      • Mechanical, Ventilation, Energy Committee is chaired by Eric Vander Mey; members include Andrew Klein (vice chair), Leanne Guier, Kjell Anderson, Phillip Lemley, Steve Simpson, Jim Tinner and Doug Orth.
  • During each legislative session, the Council must be aware of any pending legislation that may impact the building codes; a Council Legislative Committee is established to meet and consider impacts of proposed legislation and to develop a Council position on pending legislation for consideration by the Council. 
    •  Legislative Committee is chaired by Leanne Guier; members include Steve Simpson, Traci Harvey, Diane Glenn, Phillip Lemley, Andrew Klein, Eric Vander Mey, Jim Tinner and Doug Orth.
  • Each proposal that is considered for adoption must include information on potential economic impacts; the Council has established an Economic Workgroup made up of the TAG chairs to review economic information provided by proponents.  (See the list of TAG chairs, above.)