Washington Association of Building Officials

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Go Vote Now!!

Attention Governmental Member Voting Representatives: 

The online governmental consensus voting for the 2021 ICC Group A code changes is now open. Online voting will remain open through December 7th.

The WABO Technical Code Development Committee (TCDC) has developed a guide on proposals considered to be the most important issues, along with their recommendations on how to vote.

ICC Group A Voting Guide

WABO TCD thanks you for your participation!




 WABO Receives 2018 ICC Chapter Merit Award

The Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) chapter of the International Code Council (ICC) was presented a 2018 ICC Chapter Merit Award recognizing its commitment to support building and fire codes, building safety, and the fields of construction and code administration at the 2018 ICC Annual Conference in Richmond, VA.

ICC Board member, Stuart Tom PE, CBO, presented the plaque to WABO and its members for consistently promoting the goals and objectives of the International Code Council.  Director Tom praised WABO's  outstanding involvement on code development and the commitment to code official training through WABO's Code Official Accreditation Program and education institute.  

 The following WABO Board members were present at the award ceremony:  C. Ray Allshouse, Kurt Aldworth, Tom Phillips, Jon Siu, Trace Justice and Gary Schenk.



WABO 2019 Winter Committee Meeting

Registration for the 2019 Winter Committee meeting is now available.  The meeting is scheduled for January 31, 2019 at Pellegrino's Event Center in Tumwater, WA.  We are once again planning a trip to the capitol to visit legislators in the morning to request their support for WABO issues. 

Click here to register.

Meeting Packet



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.



 Code Forum Topics – Share your ideas for Code Forum Topics now!  

For those who have not attended a WABO Quarterly meeting before, the Code Forum is a standing agenda item where participants discuss technical, process, administrative and other issues pertaining to the building code enforcement profession.  Now you can share your ideas for Code Forum topics before you get to the quarterly meetings via WABO’s interactive email server designed specifically to let you write down your Code Forum ideas before you forget them. 

To view Code Forum topics currently on the list, please move your mouse over the Code Development Tab and a box will appear to the right for Code Forum.  Click Code Forum to enter.

 For more information click here.



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.

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