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May is Building Safety Month -

For more than four decades, the International Code Council, its members, and a diverse group of professionals for the building construction, design and safety communities have come together to celebrate Building Safety Month.

Building Safety Month provides education for the public about solutions that improve the safety, sustainability, affordability, and resiliency of buildings, infrastructure and communities. Contemporary planning, building materials, design and construction can make our communities more resilient in the aftermath of disasters, fires and other events. 

Building Safety Month unites industries, associations, academia and government under a common goal to protect the public by creating a safe and resilient built environment.

04/21/2022
WUI TAG Members Wanted -

The State Building Code Council is looking for interested parties that would like to serve on the States Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Technical Advisory Group (TAG). 

If Interested, Click here for more details and the open positions. 

03/21/2022
New Sign Up Sheet For Public Testimony -

Public Testimony Sign Up Sheet

Please download, fill out the sign up sheet, and email it to SBCC@des.wa.gov

02/04/2022
Public Hearings for Group 1 Code Change Proposals -

The Group 1 code change proposals public hearing dates.

  • February 11th 2022. 10:00 a.m.  IBC and IFC 
  • February 25th, 2022. 10:00 a.m.  WSEC-C
  • March 11th, 2022. 10:00 a.m.  IBC, IFC and WSEC-C

All written public testimony to the Group 1 codes, must be submitted by March 11, 2022 5:00 p.m. 

01/24/2022
Estimated Submission Period for Proposed State Amendments for Group 2 -

Estimated submission period for proposed state wide amendments for the Group 2 Code Cycle will be between the dates of February 21 - April 8, 2022.

  • Group 2 Codes (IBC structural, IRC, IEBC, IMC, UPC, WUIC, WSEC-R) The anticipated effective date for the 2021 codes is July 1, 2023. 

 

01/21/2022
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Code Maps -

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. 

05/27/2021
2021 Group 1 Code Proposal Deadline June 1, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. -

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.

 

03/25/2021
RCW 19.27.700 thru 19.27.740 relating to inspection and testing of fire and smoke control systems and dampers and penalties will be taking effect on July 1, 2021. -

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.

RCW's cited in HB 2701 19.27.700, 19.27.710, 19.27.720, 19.27.730, and 19.27.740

03/08/2021
2018 Code Effective Date extension repealed- Effective Date is February 1, 2021 -

The Governor repealed the 2018 Code Effective Date extension of July 1, 2021. 

01/19/2021
Richard Brown, Managing Director retiring January 31, 2021 -

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.

12/16/2020
2018 Code Effective Date extended to February 1, 2021 -

At the Special Council meeting on June 26, 2020, the Council voted to extend the effective date to February 1, 2021.

06/26/2020
Governor extends State Building Code Implementation Date -

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.

04/03/2020
Group 1 Code Change Final Adopted Changes to be posted shortly - 07/26/2019

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.

07/26/2019