Submitting statewide and local code change proposals requires specific forms and supporting documentation. To help facilitate this process, you can download the appropriate forms from our website. In addition, we've provided links to other forms and technical assistance documents offered by other support agencies.
NOTE: Forms are updated on a regular basis. Please ensure the copy you use is the most recent version
- Code Change
Statewide code change proposals must be submitted in writing on the appropriate form with the indicated supporting documentation. To help facilitate this process, you can download the appropriate forms from our website as either a pdf or Word document. See WAC 51-04-020 for specific information on submission dates and the adoption period.
Note: The short form is for use only with editorial coordination, clarifications and corrections ONLY
Note: If you are experiencing difficulty with formatting in the Word version of the form, you can go to the Developer tab on the top menu and select "Restrict Editing." There is a button on the
bottom of the page to "Stop Protection."
- Local Residential Amendments
RCW 19.27 gives local governments the authority to amend the state building code as it applies within their jurisdiction. However, amendments may not diminish the state code. Local governments are also prohibited from amending accessibility requirements or residential energy code provisions.In addition, any amendment affecting single family or multifamily residential construction is required to be reviewed and approved by the State Building Code Council prior to becoming effective. "Multifamily residential" is defined as common wall residential buildings that consist of four or fewer units, that do not exceed two stories in height, that are less than 5,000 square feet in area, and have a one-hour fire-resistive occupancy separation between units.
All local government residential amendments to the building code that require council approval must be submitted in writing to the council, after the city or county legislative body has adopted the amendment and prior to implementation and enforcement of the amendment by the local jurisdiction. Each submittal is also required to be shall be based on the following criteria and accompanied by findings of fact adopted by the governing body of the local jurisdiction justifying the adoption of the local amendment in accordance with this criteria:
- Climatic conditions that are unique to the jurisdiction.
- Geologic or seismic conditions that are unique to the jurisdiction.
- Environmental impacts such as noise, dust, etc., that are unique to the jurisdiction.
- Life, health, or safety conditions that are unique to the local jurisdiction.
- Other special conditions that are unique to the jurisdiction.
Local government residential amendments to administrative provisions (departmental operational procedures) contained within the state building code need not be submitted to the council for review and approval provided that such amendments do not alter the construction requirements of those chapters.
- Nonresidential Energy Code Compliance Forms
The linked compliance forms are created through a third-party non-profit trade association to document compliance with the Washington State Energy Code. Although not a part of the Energy Code, many jurisdicitons require submittal of compliance forms to show compliance with code requirements.
NEEA's Compliance Forms are available for download on their website. Note: You must set up an account on their website to access the forms.
- Residential Compliance Forms
Washington State University's Energy Program has created Excel worksheets to provide a method for documenting compliance with the WSEC-R. These files are not a part of the code, but a tool to be used by designers and local governments to show compliance with the energy code.
For the Component Performance option, please see the worksheets available at the WSU Energy Program website. The forms are about a third of the way down the page.
For other than residential buildings, please see the Nonresidential Energy Code Compliance Form page.
For other technical support provided by the WSU Energy Program, please see their website.
- Nonresidential Envelope Compliance Using the Seattle EnvStd Program
The adoption of the 2006 Washington State Energy Code included a provision in Chapter 13 to allow the use of the Seattle EnvStd program to demonstrate envelope compliance for nonresidential (other than Group R occupancy) buildings. This is an alternative to the Prescriptive and Target UA options allowed in Section 1330.
To download a copy of the 2006 Seattle EnvStd software, please visit the Seattle Energy Code web page.