Washington Association of Building Officials


Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month started as a U.S. campaign 44 years ago.  Today it's celebrated worldwide.  The 44th Annual Building Safety Month will kick off May 1, 2024 with this year's theme:  Mission Possible.  If you are not familiar with building safety month, it is your opportunity to get in front of the public, your elected officials and other departments to highlight what you do and its importance.  For your convenience we have included a Building Safety Month Template as well as WABO's Building Safety Month proclamation for review.  Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to see if you can get your mayor and council to approve your jurisdiction's proclamation.  If you are familiar with it, these forms are modified from ones in the past, so please utilize the template language.  If you are successful in obtaining a proclamation from your jurisdiction, please let the WABO office know so we can compile and share with ICC.  The WABO Board of Directors would like to show the nation that Washington supports Building Safety Month!

It’s mission critical – building safety is the responsibility of us all, and we’re counting on you to help keep the places where we live, work and play safe!  The International Code Council has several great toolkits available to jurisdictions that can be utilized during the month long event.

WABO 2024 Summer Business Meeting

Registration for the 2024 WABO Summer Business Meeting is now available. The meeting is scheduled for July 18-19, 2024, at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.   University of Puget Sound has rooms available in Thomas/Trimble Hall (The Deluxe Residence Halls are a suite-style building where there are multiple private bedrooms within a shared living space and single bathroom(s) rather than communal bathrooms.  The rooms have twin XL beds.)  Reservations must be made through the WABO reservation form as we have to pay the University directly.  The cost to reserve your very own dorm room is $68! 

If this is your first meeting, sign up for a WABO scholarship which covers your registration and two-night accommodations.  


WABO 2024 Annual Business Meeting

Members from around the state took time from their busy schedule to learn, share, and connect at the Icicle Village Resort for the 2024 Annual 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) is currently seeking instructors for Year 1 - Permit Technician! 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!

Click here to apply online.

Click here for more information about the COAP Program.

Questions? Call Melissa (360) 628-8669 or email [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