Code News


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

Group 1 Proposed Code Changes Posted -
Hearing scheduled July 12, 2019
The State Building Code Council has set July 12 2019 as the hearing date for the Group 1 code changes (IBC/IEBC, IFC and WSEC-Commercial). The hearing will be held at the DES Building in Olympia, Washington. Please see the Proposed Rule Filings on the Rulemaking page for details.

Group 2 Code Change Proposal Deadline April 15
The State Building Code Council has set an April 15, 2019 deadline for Group 2 code change proposals. The codes included in  Group 2 are the IRC, IMC (and IFGC, NFPA 54 and NFPA 58), UPC and the Washington State Energy Code-Residential.

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. 

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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.         



   May 17 | Energy TAG Meeting
                 Pacific Tower, Seattle

   May 17 | Executive Committee Meeting 
                  Olympia, Washington
                  1500 Jefferson St. SE.

   May 21  | IMC TAG Meeting
                  Shoreline City Hall 

   May 24 | Energy TAG Meeting

    May 29 | IRC TAG Meeting
                  Shoreline City Hall

   May 31 | Energy TAG Meeting
                 Pacific Tower, Seattle

  June 13 | MVE Committee Meeting
                 DES, Olympia

  June 13 | BFP Committee Meeting
                  DES, Olympia

  June 14 | Council Meeting
                  DES, Olympia

  July 12 | Group 1 Codes Public Hearing
                 DES, Olympia






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