The Department of Natural Resources has finalized the development of the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Code maps. The links to these maps are located here on our website.
The State Building Code Council has begun the new adoption and review process for the 2021 code editions. The deadline for code change proposals for the Group 1 Codes (IBC, IFC, WUIC, WSEC-C) is June 1, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. The process for the Group 2 Codes (IBC structural, IRC, IEBC, IMC, UPC, WSEC-R) will begin in the fall of 2021. The anticipated effective date for the 2021 codes is July 1, 2023.
Click here for the 2021 Code Review and Adoption Schedule
All proposed statewide amendments need to be submitted in writing, on the provided forms here.
For the TAG Reports, please click here.
House Bill 2701 relating to inspection and testing of fire and smoke control systems and dampers, and penalties, will go into effect July 1, 2021. Local authorities, as defined, are the enforcement authorities identified in the statute to enforce the requirements.
The Governor repealed the 2018 Code Effective Date extension of July 1, 2021.
Stoyan has 18 years of experience in developing, interpreting, and enforcing building standards. He has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and possesses eight International Code Council certificates, including Accessibility Plans Examiner.
He has been a subject matter expert on code development and other rulemaking activities including the development and evaluation of exams. He was part of a Green Energy team that developed requirements for water conservation, as well as electric vehicle charging.
His private sector experience includes five years as a building inspector, plans examiner, internal control engineer, and a third-party consultant. He is leaving his private consulting practice to join the State Building Code Council as the new Managing Director.
Richard Brown, Managing Director of the State Building Code Council, is set to retire on January 31, 2021, after 21 years of working in state government.
A Washington native, Richard started in state service in 1999 as an architect at Washington State Parks and Recreation. He left State Parks as a capital program manager in 2017 to join the State Building Code Council (SBCC), 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. Richard oversaw the integration of the SBCC into DES’s Contracts, Procurement and Risk Management in 2018.
While at SBCC, Richard increased funding by working with DES’ Government Relations Manager Ann Larson to pass a permit fee increase for the first time since 1989. He was then able to grow the staff from two to five and update an antiquated website to help customers. He and his staff also updated 13 building codes and completed 12 significant modifications to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
His crowning achievement was improving transparency with the building code rulemaking process. He will miss working with the incredible staff, council members and volunteers at SBCC.
Prior to the state, Richard worked in the private sector as an architect and planner. He taught architecture and planning at North Dakota State, Temple University, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania and The University of Washington.
Richard plans to enjoy his retirement by his volunteering, working on his 107-year-old house in Tacoma and spending a lot more time on the Puget Sound.
At the Special Council meeting on June 26, 2020, the Council voted to extend the effective date to February 1, 2021.
Governor Jay Inslee has issued Proclamation 20-40, extending the implementation date of the Washington State Building Code to November 1, 2020.
To read the Proclamation in full, Click This Link.
The State Building Code Council voted on the final rules for the adoption of the 2018 International Building Code, International Fire Code and the Washington State Energy Code (Commercial) on July 26, 2019. The final language should be posted beginning of 2020.