Washington Association of Building Officials

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




WABO 2018 Spring Business Meeting

There is still time to register for the 2018 WABO Spring Business Meeting scheduled May 3-4, 2018, at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth, WA.  The WABO room block has been extended to Friday, April 13th at a special rate of $110.  If this is your first meeting, sign up for a WABO scholarship which covers your registration and  two-night's lodging.

Fourth Annual WABO Retirees Event in Leavenworth

At the Spring Quarterly Meeting in Leavenworth, we will be hosting the fourth meeting of WABO Retirees for all those past members who have moved on and are no longer involved in WABO. Participants are invited to attend lunch with us on Thursday, May 3rd, and then join us later in the afternoon for the evening social event for a time of sharing stories, fun and fellowship.

For more information and to register, click here.

Meeting Packet




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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WABO 2017 Fall Business Meeting

Over 65 people gathered at Cambell's Resort in Chelan for the Fall Quarterly Business Meeting on October 19-20, 2017.  An impressive number of scholarship winners and first timers attended and were able to meet and network with their colleagues from around Washington.

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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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