Washington Association of Building Officials

2021 Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month started as a U.S. campaign 41 years ago. Today it’s celebrated worldwide.  The 41st annual Building Safety Month will kick off May 1, 2021 with this year's theme:  Prevent, Prepare, Protect. Building Codes Save.”   Safety in the built environment is an essential component of maintaining public health, making Building Safety Month more relevant now than ever.  The International Code Council has several great toolkits available to jurisdications that can be utilized during the month long event.

Fall 2021 COAP Registration Now Open

WABO's Code Official Accreditation Program (COAP) is currently seeking students to enroll in year 1, 2, and 3 of the program!  Don't delay, registration will not re-open to new students until Fall of 2022.  

The completely online program will be administered by WABO with classes starting September 13, 2021.


2021 Committee Action Hearings (CAH) – Group A Codes April 11 – May 5

Registration is now open for the 2021 Committee Action Hearings for the Group A International Codes. This year’s code hearings — hosted virtually from April 11 through May 5, 2021 — offer Code Council members/non-members, code officials, architects, builders, engineers, fire and energy conservation professionals the opportunity to provide input on proposed code changes.  

Registration is REQUIRED to participate OR view hearings.


Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention

FEMA’s landmark study, “Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study,” shows that modern building codes lead to major reduction in property losses from natural disasters. The FEMA report calculates losses from three types of natural hazard (earthquakes, flooding, & hurricane winds) for each state and Washington, D.C.  To read the study and find out more information, click here.


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

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