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. 

Building officials are problem-solvers by nature and want to help their communities by providing the best services possible.  To do that we need to learn from each other which is what the Code Forum is designed to do.  So, next time you have an issue that you think would be a good topic to discuss with your peers, e-mail us at [email protected] and we’ll be sure to add it to the Code Forum topic's list.  

Code Forum Topics -  2019 Spring Business Meeting



  • For Type B units, reach range for electrical outlets limit the depth of the counter top to 25 & 1/2" but what if a stove or refrigerator extends out further? Are Building Officials requiring additional outlets?
  • How are folks regulating townhouse projections, exterior wall rating for offsets and opening protection for single-site projects and zero lot line projects?  
  • How are folks regulating sound-proof phone booths being installed in office buildings? 
    1. Building permits required?  If so, based on size of the unit?
    2. Require ASCE7-10, Chapter 13 connection to floor or wall as a non-structural component? 
    3. Type of construction compliance?  Any size exceptions?
    4. Sprinkler and fire-alarm compliance?  Any size exceptions?  Glazing OK for strobe alarms?
    5. Code change needed?


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