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The anticipated effective date for the 2018 codes is July 1, 2020

Group 2 Proposed Code Changes Posted -
Hearings scheduled  for September 13 & September 27, 2019
The State Building Code Council has scheduled hearing dates for the Group 2 code changes (IRC, IMC, UPC and WSEC-Residential). The September 13 hearing will be held in Spokane at the Center Place Regional Events Center and the September 27 hearing will be held at the DES Building in Olympia. Please see the Proposed Rule Filings on the Rulemaking page for details.
See Written Testimony submitted

Group 1 Code Change Final Adopted Changes to be posted shortly
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.

Interim Changes for WSEC, IBC and IFC Go Into Effect July 1, 2019
The State Building Code Council has adopted changes to clarify provisions in the 2015 WSEC-Commercial, add provisions to the IBC and IFC pertaining to heavy timber construction, and to add provisions for use of NFPA 130 for transit and passenger rail systems. The changes will go into effect July 1, 2019. See the Rulemaking page for details of these changes. 
NEW! and see the State Building Codes page for replacement insert pages for the IBC, IRC, IFC and Commercial Energy Code.

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Council Meeting Documents (check back often for updated links)   Please note this site works best with Explorer as your browser. PDF files may not open properly when using Chrome.         


    Feb. 7   | Council Meeting
                  1500 Jefferson, Rm 2208

    Feb. 14 | Legislative Committee
                  1500 Jefferson, Rm 2330 

    Feb. 21 | Legislative Committee
                  1500 Jefferson, Rm 2332 








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