Washington Association of Building Officials

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





Building Code Professionals Temporarily Needed in US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands Building Department is calling on available Code Officials across the nation to partner with them to build stronger, safer communities in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The St. Thomas and St. Croix Building Departments are seeking ICC Certified plan reviewersinspectors, and permit technicians to serve during MAY 2018, who can help with compliance with the 2018 International Codes, USVI Codes and Stronger Home Guide, and ASCE 24 Flood Standards.

This mutual aid request will be facilitated through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which provides reimbursement to state or local jurisdiction employees for their assistance. Deployment for this mission can range from 2 to weeks and the reimbursement process will begin after the deployment period ends. All incurred expenses must be recorded and submitted to the personnel’s state EMAC Coordinator upon return to the mainland.

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WABO 2018 Annual Business Meeting

Registration for the 2018 WABO Annual Business Meeting is now available.  The meeting is scheduled for July 12-13, 2018, at the Shilo Inn in Ocean Shores, WA.  This special meeting includes elections of Board members and the Annual Awards Banquet.  To reserve your room at Shilo Inn, call (360) 289-4600 for a WABO room rate of $123.  The room block ends on June 11, 2018.

For more information and to register, click here.

Do you know someone who deserves a WABO Award?  WABO members who have made an extra contribution to the organization will be recognized at the Annual Awards Banquet.  Click here to nominate someone.

WABO members are also looking for dedicated individuals willing to volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors.  If you would like to become a leader in our great organization, click here.

Meeting Packet



WABO 2018 Spring Business Meeting

Members from around the state gathered at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth for the WABO Spring Quarterly Business Meeting on May 3-4, 2018.  A record number of WABO members attended and were able to network with their collegues from around Washington.

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WAsafe Achieves Monumental Accomplishment

WABO’s Emergency Management committee has been working since 2011 to help establish Washington State’s building safety responder program.  Through their efforts WAsafe (WAshington Safety Assessment of Facilities Evaluators) was formed.  WAsafe  is a coalition comprised of WABO, SEAW, and AIA Washington whose mission is to train, enroll, and aid in the dispatch of volunteer building safety evaluators to help local building officials in Washington respond to disasters.  Through a historic cooperative effort between WA State Emergency Management Division (EMD) and WAsafe a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been established.  The MOU formally recognizes WAsafe as a resource the State can (and presumably, will) call upon to send volunteers to areas /jurisdictions affected by disasters. The MOU also establishes EMD’s central role in coordination of distribution of resources (volunteers) and WAsafe’s responsibility to maintain emergency response coordinators and continued training for agencies and WAsafe volunteers.  To read  the full MOU, please click here.




ICC Value of the Code Official Toolkit

The Value of the Code Official toolkit builds awareness about building safety and encourages young professionals to join the industry.

The International Code Council launches a new online resource, the Value of the Code Official toolkit. This toolkit helps government officials, Code Council members and others build awareness for the code official’s significant role within their communities.

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 Code Forum Topics – Share your ideas for Code Forum Topics now!  

For those who have not attended a WABO Quarterly meeting before, the Code Forum is a standing agenda item where participants discuss technical, process, administrative and other issues pertaining to the building code enforcement profession.  Now you can share your ideas for Code Forum topics before you get to the quarterly meetings via WABO’s interactive email server designed specifically to let you write down your Code Forum ideas before you forget them. 

To view Code Forum topics currently on the list, please move your mouse over the Code Development Tab and a box will appear to the right for Code Forum.  Click Code Forum to enter.

 For more information click here.



Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) Program

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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L & I frequently receives inquiries regarding the rules and requirements for "tiny homes." An informative handout has been developed to help assist jurisdictions.

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WABO Code Official Accreditation Program

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.   For those interested in starting the program, year one registrations will be accepted Winter 2018.

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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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