Washington Association of Building Officials

WABO 2021 Fall Business Meeting

The WABO Fall Quarterly Business meeting will be held in-person October 28-29, 2021, at Campbell's Resort in Chelan, WA.  Don't wait to reserve your room at Campbell's Resort as the rooms are filling fast!  WABO room block ends September 28th with a special rate of $120 for Traditional and $135 for Deluxe.  If this is your first meeting, sign up for a WABO scholarship which covers your registration and a two-night hotel stay.

For more information, click here.

Meeting Registration


Updated Standard Earthquake Home Retrofit Plan Set

The Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) is passionate about building and life safety. Protecting homes against earthquake damage is one area that WABO has dedicated resources to.   

The application process for Earthquake Home Retrofit Permits (also known as Project Impact) can greatly increase the speed by which permits can be issued. WABO is pleased to announce an updated standard earthquake home retrofit plan set has been completed and available to jurisdictions!  

As a reminder home retrofit plans address common locations of earthquake damage to single-family homes by following the ABC of home earthquake retrofits:  Anchor the home to a foundation;  Brace the wall between the foundation and the first floor; and Connect that wall to first floor framing.   The new plan set has been updated to be more consistent with the 2018 building and residential codes, and allows greater cripple wall heights than the previous version.  

Earthquake Home Retrofit Webpage

Reminder: Validate Your ICC Voting Representatives

This year marks the start of a new code development cycle. All ICC Governmental Member Voting Representatives must be validated this year. Governmental Member primary representatives must validate their voting representatives by August 21, 2021, in order to fully participate in the code development process.

Validate Credentials

WABO 2021 Spring Business Meeting

Over 65 members from around the state gathered virtually to attend the Spring Quarterly Business Meeting on April 22, 2021.  President Aldworth presented Joyce Lem and Paul Brallier from Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) the 2020 President's Award in appreciation of their continued support of WABO and their commitment to the WAsafe program.  Jon Siu and Gary Schenk were also presented with 2021 Lifetime Honorary Member Awards for their years of dedication and commitment to the organiztion. 

President and Committee Reports

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.


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