Washington Association of Building Officials

WABO 2022 Winter Committee Meeting

Registration for the 2022 Winter Committee meeting is now available.  The 2022 meeting will be held virtually on January 27, 2022 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.

To learn more about the meeting, click here.

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WABO 2021 Fall Business Meeting

Over 60 people gathered at Campbell's Resort in Chelan for the WABO Fall Quarterly Business Meeting on October 28-29, 2021.  A record number of scholarship winners attended and were able to meet and network with their colleagues from around Washington.

President and Committee Reports

WABO Office Open by Appointment Only

The WABO office will be closed to the public to comply with the Governor's Proclamation 20-25.15 'Washington Ready.'  We will still be open during normal business hours and gladly schedule appointments for anyone that needs to conduct business at the physical office.  Thank you for your patience.




Updated Standard Earthquake Home Retrofit Plan Set

The Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) is passionate about building and life safety. Protecting homes against earthquake damage is one area that WABO has dedicated resources to.   

The application process for Earthquake Home Retrofit Permits (also known as Project Impact) can greatly increase the speed by which permits can be issued. WABO is pleased to announce an updated standard earthquake home retrofit plan set has been completed and available to jurisdictions!  

As a reminder home retrofit plans address common locations of earthquake damage to single-family homes by following the ABC of home earthquake retrofits:  Anchor the home to a foundation;  Brace the wall between the foundation and the first floor; and Connect that wall to first floor framing.   The new plan set has been updated to be more consistent with the 2018 building and residential codes, and allows greater cripple wall heights than the previous version.  

Earthquake Home Retrofit Webpage

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

Michael Luke - 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