Washington Association of Building Officials


2021 Washington State Code Revised Effective Date

The State Building Code Council voted on September 15, 2023, to delay the effective date of the 2021 Washington State codes.  The new code effective date will be March 15, 2024.  The previous effective date was October 29, 2023 and July 1, 2023 respectively.



WABO Offers Preferred Provider Training in Walla Walla

Anatomy of an Installation -
(Manufactured Home Installation) (Day 1)
Electric Vehicle Requirements in the Model Codes (Day 2)
October 24-25, 2023
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

ICC CEU's .7 per seminar


WABO 2023 Fall Business Meeting

Registration for the 2023 WABO Fall Business Meeting is now available.  The meeting is scheduled for October 26-27, 2023, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel, in Walla Walla,  WA.   Don't wait to reserve your room as the room block ends September 25th with a special rate of $135.   Please call 866-826-9422 and mention WABO and event dates when making your reservations.  If this is your first meeting, sign up for a WABO scholarship which covers your registration and a two-night hotel stay.  


An Engineer’s Account of Assisting in Relief Efforts Following the 2023 Turkey Earthquake

The following was written by Hoyt Jeter. This is a first-hand account of his relief efforts in Turkey following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the region on February 6, 2023. 

The middle eastern countries of Turkey and Syria are precariously situated upon and between three highly active tectonic plates – the Anatolian (which underlies much of the two countries), the African (to the south) and the Arabian (to the east).

On February 6, 2023, a left lateral strike-slip between two faults resulted in a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake (followed by a second 7.5 magnitude earthquake) that was felt throughout the region. The one-two punch of these earthquakes proved catastrophic, with tens of thousands of lives lost and even more injured.

To read the full article, please click here.


WABO 2023 Summer Business Meeting

Members from around the state took time from their busy schedule to learn, share, and connect at the Ocean Shores Convention Center for the 2023 Summer Business Meeting.  First Timers who attended were able to network with their colleagues from around Washington.

President and Committee Reports

COAP Seeking Qualified Instructors

The WABO Code Official Accreditation Program (COAP) Committee is currently seeking instructors for the WABO-COAP Program! If you are interested in sharing your knowledge, skills and abilities with the next generation of Code Officials entering and growing in the profession, please take this exciting opportunity to join the team! You can apply online to submit your resume and areas of interest.

Click here for more information about the COAP Program.

For detailed information about this opportunity, or for further questions, please e-mail [email protected].


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