Washington Association of Building Officials

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



2014 Building Safety Month

Good Wall / Bad Wall Display, in the Lobby of City Hall at SeaTac, WA. Trace Justice, President of WABO and Gary Schenk, Building Services Manager, City of SeaTac and WABO Past President.



WABO Fall Business Meeting in Yakima

Make plans to attend the WABO Fall Business Meeting at the Yakima Red Lion Hotel on October 16-17, 2014. WABO will once again offer a meeting scholarship to members who have never attended a meeting or have not been to one in over a year. The Professional Development training will be on the ins and outs of the ICC code development process. Join your colleagues from around the state in lovely Yakima.

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ICC Preferred Provider Program

The International Code Council has provided information on their new Preferred Provider Program with a release of Frequently Asked Questions sheet. In addition, WABO sent a letter earlier in the month to ICC with questions about the proposed program and received a response from ICC. Click on the links below.


WABO Annual Business Meeting - Ocean Shores

Over 60 Waboians gathered in Ocean Shores on June 26-27 for the Annual Business Meeting. Special guests included State Representative Dean Takko, who discussed WABO's number one priority legislation - the Code Official Apprenticeship Program. ICC Board members Jim Brown and Alex Olszowy offered updates on ICC issues. Awards were presented to several honorees.

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SBCC Emergency Rules on Solar Photovoltaic Systems

On June 13, 2014 the Washington State Building Code Council approved an emergency rule-making order to allow installation of standard solar photovoltaic systems on rooftops of buildings subject to the Residential Code without the need for an engineering report. The effective date of the emergency rule was July 1, 2014. Click on the links below for an explanation of the rule change, a building permit checklist and an electrical permit checklist. As with all tools, forms and checklists provided by WSU are there for your use if you choose to but if used, they will provide greater consistency across the state.



WABO Details Available

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

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Marijuana Compliance Issues

The State Liquor Control Board is now issuing licenses for marijuana producers, processors and retailers. Building inspectors and local government officials need to be aware of relevant code issues raised by this new industry -- and local governments must understand which code requirements are enforced by local governments and which are enforced by state agencies.

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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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