Washington Association of Building Officials

Happy Thanksgiving!

The WABO administrative office will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving. 
The office will reopen on Monday, November 30th at 8:00 AM.

We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday!


SB 5795 Workgroup

As directed in SB 5795, which was approved in April 2019, a Workgroup was created to address issues related to contractor bonding amounts, creating better protections for consumers of construction services, reducing fraudulent business transfers, registration requirements and incentives for contractors to adopt industry best practices.  The Workgroup also discussed the concept of creating a recovery fund as an effort to mitigate losses for consumers who are ripped-off by unscrupulous contractors.  The Workgroup will soon submit their final report for consideration during the 2021 legislative session. 

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 to read the full update. 


New COVID Restrictions Announced

The Governor announced a new series of restrictions for Washingtonians in response to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in our state. The restrictions are statewide and will take effect Monday, November 16 at 11:59 PM and will remain in effect until Monday, December 14.  The WABO office will be closed to the public until December 14th to comply with the Governor's order.  Appointments will be made for any business that cannot be conducted virtually.  


WABO 2021 Winter Committee Meeting

Registration for the 2021 Winter Committee meeting is now available.  The 2021 meeting will be held virtually on February 4, 2021 via Zoom Conferencing.  We are once again planning a trip to the capitol to visit legislators, but this year we will be visiting them 'virtually' to request their support for WABO issues.  

2021 WABO Winter Committee Meeting


ICC goes virtual for the 2021 Committee Action Hearings

The Code Council has begun its 2024 code development process and for the first time in the associations’s history, confirmed that its Committee Action Hearings will leverage a virtual model for participants. Taking place April 11 through May 5, 2021, all interested parties are encouraged to participate as modern and innovative building codes and standards affect the safety and sustainability of all our buildings and communities. 


WABO 2020 Fall Business Meeting

Over 50 members from around the state gathered virtually to attend the Fall Quarterly Business Meeting on October 1, 2020.  President Aldworth presented Past President Allshouse with a 'golden'gavel in appreciation of his excellent leadership and highlighted his many accomplishments during his tenure.

President and Committee Reports


2018 Code Effective Date extended to February 1, 2021

Guidance for Smaller Jurisdictions Seeking CARES Act Funding for Virtual Needs

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was enacted March 27, 2020 provides $150 billion to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments in responding to the coronavirus pandemic through a newly established Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The U.S. Treasury Department has provided this funding to the states, local government, tribes and territories (SLTT) governments by formula. 

To find out more information on how to obtain funding for virtual needs, click here.


 Online FEMA Training Opportunities

Right now would be a great time for everyone to consider taking  FEMA ICS-100, -200, -700 and -800 online courses and exams.  Employees should check with their employer to see what is required by their local jurisdiction (many do require some combination of the courses listed).  This will ensure we are all prepared or at the very least understand what we, the jurisdiction, should do during an emergency response.


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.

WABO Membership Application

Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) Program

Kelly Mayo - Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries

L & I frequently receives inquiries regarding the rules and requirements for "tiny house(s)." An informative website page has been developed to help assist jurisdictions.

Tiny house(s) resource page
Tiny House Presentation