Washington Association of Building Officials

“Leading the Way to Excellence in Building and Life Safety.”


Comments Needed for Draft Contractors' Brochure

A DRAFT document provided by the L & I Underground Economy Advisory Committee is arranged to assist contractors in knowing and complying with the state laws for registration.  It will assist new contractors from making the typical mistakes and will be a tool to provide home owners an awareness of the licensing issues involved with the building industry by identifying just what their contractors should be licensed in. This document provides the contractors with great insight as to what the rules are and what the consequences are when they miss the mark.There is still time for WABO members to submit additional comments until April 10, 2015 and may be sent to  purs235@lni.wa.gov .Click here for Draft Brochure



 ICC Seeking Presenters for Global Forum

The International Code Council [ICC] Global Forum is seeking Presenters from the Pacific Northwest and around the world to participate in a Forum titled:  Earthquake Preparedness and Recovery within the Frame of Disaster Risk Reduction [DDR] in the World: Are Building Codes the Ultimate Solution?

The Forum will be held on September 28th, 2015 as part of the ICC Annual Business Meeting and Conference to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.  Please review the Call for Presentations for details - click here.



ICC Code Cycle Discussion

WABO had the privilege of participating in the Code Cycle Roundtable discussion held in Washington, D.C., where various interest groups discussed the code cycle problem facing ICC. At that meeting, several stakeholder viewpoints were shared relating to the process of code adoption in this country. WABO provided the following letter with some observations. A copy of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) report "Maintaining vs. Extending the Current Code Adoption Cycle" follows.

Click here to read WABO letter

Click here for Report by NIBS


WABO Details Available

Thanks to LG Nelson, the first batch of WABO details are now available for downloading. 

Click here.


Code Official Apprenticeship Program (COAP)

WABO is currently working on funding for the apprenticeship program. Once funding is in place, information on how to become involved either as an apprentice or a hiring jurisdiction will be posted on this website. We are very excited to get the program up and running so we can provide a well-trained workforce for the future. If you are interested in receiving more information when it becomes available, please email the WABO office with your contact information (wabo@wabo.org).


WABO Mentoring Program

Several generous WABO members have volunteered to be a mentor for their colleagues across the state. If you have questions, concerns or just want to run something by a person who may have once been in your shoes, feel free to call on any of the folks listed.

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Emergency Management Mutual Aid Toolbox

Apply to become an Emergency Responder

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WABO Membership

The Washington Association of Building Officials
(WABO) was incorporated in 1977 to promote building codes and standards that safeguard the public health and safety; advise on legislative matters; assist in the development of national and state codes; provide educational opportunities for its members; and preserve local government control of code administration.

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WABO Welder

WABO Welder Renewal
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