Washington Association of Building Officials

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




Bill Signing Ceremony with Governor Inslee

Senate Bill No. 5185 - providing immunity from liability for professional or trade associations providing emergency response volunteers was signed by Governor Jay Inslee on April 17, 2017.
Primary Sponsor of Senate Bill 5185 is: Lynda Wilson.


WABO worked with the Structural Engineers Association of Washington SEAW, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Institute of Architects to help get this bill passed.




WABO 2017 Spring Meeting

The WABO 2017 Spring Meeting is scheduled for April 20-21, 2017, at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth.  The reservation deadline for the Enzian has been extended to March 30, 2017, so don't wait to book your hotel room.  Call 800-223-8511 and reserve your room under WABO.  For Agenda, room rates and registration, please click here.

We are again offering a meeting scholarship for jurisdictional members who are attending their first WABO meeting or if it has been more than one year since you last attended a meeting.  If you have received a scholarship in the past, you are not eligible.  The scholarship includes the meeting registration fee and reservations for two nights.

Also at the Spring Meeting, we are hosting our Third Annual Retiree Event for past members who are no longer actively involved with WABO.  Participants may attend a lunch on Thursday, April 20, then "catch up" with stories, fun and fellowship at our social event later that afternoon and evening.



2017 WABO Annual Business Meeting

Registration for the 2017 WABO Annual Business Meeting is now available.  The meeting is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, at the Tulalip Conference Center in Tulalip, WA.  The Meeting Registration Fee is $95 (includes lunch and Annual Awards Banquet). WABO Room rate is $159 per night and room block ends on May 22, 2017.  For reservations, please call (360) 716-6000.

For more information and to register, click here.



Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) Program

WABO 2016 Fall Business Meeting

Kelly Mayo - Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries

With the gaining popularity of "tiny homes", Labor & Industries presented an informative presentation on the growing industries of food trucks and timy homes manufacturing. Several changes were discussed, including a new web page added to the Factory Assembled Structures web site, a new Advisory Committee, and chnages to State Law 9HB 2443). Please click on the below link to view the complete presentation.

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WABO 2016 Fall Business Meeting

Over 65 people gathered at the lovely Davenport Hotel in Spokane for the WABO Fall Quarterly Business Meeting on October 13-14, 2016. A record number of scholarship winners attended and were able to meet and network with their colleagues from around Washington.

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WABO Code Official Accreditation Program

The first year of the WABO Code Official Accreditation Program is in progress. WABO has been working with South Seattle College to put together a three-year online program to provide in-depth training for those who want to increase their knowledge of working in the public sector as a building code professional.

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Coffee Stand Fire

The Department of Labor and Industries has posted a report on a fatality caused by fire at a coffee stand.  The incident took place in January 2016, and resulted from a propane leak ignited by the open flame of a propane space heater's pilot light.  The L&I Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) investigated and made several recommendations, including that business owners should follow local building codes to ensure safe building egress.

See the full report at his link:  L & I FACE Report

Building safety is WABO's main purpose.  This tragic incident demonstrates the importance of code compliance.


WABO Details Available

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

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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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