Washington Association of Building Officials

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




Code Official Accreditation Program

Everyone deserves to live and work in safe buildings.  Do your part by finding a rewarding career in protecting the public as a building code official.  Enroll in this three-year online program to fill a continuing demand for qualified:

  • Permit Technicians
  • Building Inspectors
  • Plans Examiner

To find out more information and to enroll, click here.




WABO 2019 Spring Business Meeting

The 2019 WABO Spring Business Meeting is scheduled for April 25-26, 2019, at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth, WA.  Don't wait to reserve your room at the Enzian Inn as the WABO room block ends March 24th with 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.

Fifth Annual WABO Retirees Event in Leavenworth

WABO is proud to host the fifth 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, April 25, 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




Structural Plan Review Philosophy
Submitted by the WABO SEAW Liaison Committee

The WABO- SEAW Liaison Committee has been discussing “Structural Plan Review Philosophy” in light of a potential update to White Paper 1 – 2006 on the subject.  The inspiration for the update is with regards to the back and forth that sometimes happens between the design engineer and the reviewer and the question of when it is appropriate for the reviewer to defer to the engineer’s judgement on a particular issue.  The committee decided to produce the following article to illustrate the issues as we see them and to open the discussion with the community for comments or questions prior to addressing an update to the White Paper. We welcome your comments or questions.

To read full article, please click here.




ICC Group B Committee Action Hearings

Registration is now open

Plan now to participate in the International Code Council's 2019 Committee Action Hearings in Albuquerque, April 28 – May 8. 

Your expertise and participation in this year's code hearings are vital to ensuring the 2021 I-Codes drive growth and affordability through innovation and safety. See the Proposed Code Changes and check out the Committee Action Hearings Schedule

Registration is free!  Pre-registration is encouraged.



WABO 2018 Fall Business Meeting

Over 55 people gathered at historic Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla for the Fall Quarterly Business Meeting on October 11-12, 2018.  An impressive number of scholarship winners and first timers attended and were able to meet and network with their colleagues from around Washington.

Click here to read reports and view photos 




 Interpretation Requests

Announcing a new option to submit code or process interpretation requests to the WABO/SEAW Structural Liaison Committee.

Effective immediately, the WABO/SEAW Structural Liaison Committee will begin responding to WABO and SEAW members who submit requests for interpretation of structural code issues or code administration questions. Committee members decided to add this option as a way to improve code knowledge and consistency for our members. 

For more information and to submit a request, click here.



Venting Reference Now Available to WABO Members

The International Code Council (ICC) is proud to work with Washington Association of Building Officials to distribute a helpful tool, Methods of Venting Plumbing Fixtures and Traps in the 2018 IPC, to freshen your skills as well as to refer to in the field.  This handy reference, authored by Lee Clifton, Senior Director of PMG Resources at ICC is available for immediate download.

Click here to download

The various approaches to venting that are permitted in the 2018 IPC are described in this reference tool.  You will find that these venting provisions offer the installer and designer different paths to achieving an adequately vented system, which could result in cost savings along with ease of installation in different types of construction.



WABO Chatline - Online Discussion Forum

Are you participating in the WABO chatline?  WABO believes in the importance of communicating with your fellow code officials across the state and the chatline is one resource that can help accomplish that goal.
There are two separate chatlines established for the membership:

The WABO ALL Group - is open to members and associates who are engaged in the development, enforcement and administration of building construction codes and ordinances and other items that affect the building construction industry.

The WABO Building Official Group – is limited to Building Officials working for Governmental Jurisdictions in the State of Washington.

Interested in joining?  Please e-mail Camie at [email protected] .




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.

Click here to read more.



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 homes." An informative handout has been developed to help assist jurisdictions.

Clik here to view handout



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.

Click here



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.

Click here to become a WABO Member

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