Washington Association of Building Officials

“Leading the Way to Excellence in Building and Life Safety.” 




2018 Winter Committee Meeting

Registration for the 2018 Winter Committee is now available.  The meeting is scheduled for January 25, 2018, 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




2018 Annual Education Institute

Early registration is now available for the 2018 Annual Education Institute, scheduled March 26 through 29, 2018 at the Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel. WABO members receive a discount as well as reduced rates for registering early. Many new training sessions to choose from!  Classes fill up quickly, so don't wait.

Click here  for more information and to register.




2018 ICC Committee Action Hearings

Registration is now open for the International Code Council’s 2018 Committee Action Hearings, Apr. 15–25 in Columbus, Ohio.

Your expertise counts! The Committee Action Hearings are free to attend and offer building and fire code officials, architects, builders, engineers, designers, PMG and Pool & Spa professionals an opportunity to provide input on proposed code changes to the 2018 Group A International Codes®. You can also earn CEUs for attending the hearings.

Click here to read more




WABO 2017 Fall Business Meeting

Over 65 people gathered at Cambell's Resort in Chelan for the Fall Quarterly Business Meeting on October 19-20, 2017.  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 more



New Director Takes Over at SBCC
Tim Nogler retires after two decades of service

For the first time in 21 years, the state agency in charge of how buildings are constucted has a new managing director.  Tim Nogler, the managing director of the Washington State Building Code Council since 1966, reitred Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  

Fully taking the reins is Richard Brown, a fourth-generation Washingtonian who comes in from the state Parks and Recreation Commission.  Click here to read more about Richard Brown.



 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.



David Spencer Elected to ICC Board of Directors

International Code Council voting members elected Board Officers and Directors during the
association's Annual Business Meeting at the 2017 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  Jay Elbettar, P.E., CBO, building official, city of Mission Viejo, Calif., was elected President of the ICC Board. Bill Bryant, MCP, CBO, assistant director of the Inspections and Permits Department of Anne Arundel County, Md., was elected Vice President, and Greg Wheeler, chief building official, city of Thornton, Colo., was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Voting members also elected representatives to sectional and at-large positions on the board.  WABO member, David Spencer, building official for SAFEbuilt was elected to a three year board position. Congratulations David!



SDCI Releases URM Policy Committee Recommendations  

On August 3, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) released the URM (Unreinforced Masonry) Policy Committee recommendations. First convened by SDCI in 2011, the policy committee brought together URM property owners, geological and seismology experts, structural engineers, architects, housing and real estate development representatives, and historic preservation professionals to develop recommendations on a city-wide URM seismic retrofit policy. After a hiatus to allow SDCI to gather more information, the policy committee reconvened in late 2016 to finalize their recommendations.

Click here to read full release.


Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) Program

Kelly Mayo - Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries

With the gaining popularity of "tiny homes", Labor & Industries presented an informative presentation on the growing industries of food trucks and timy homes manufacturing. Several changes were discussed, including a new web page added to the Factory Assembled Structures web site, a new Advisory Committee, and chnages to State Law 9HB 2443). Please click on the below link to view the complete presentation.

Click to view Presentation

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 Code Official Accreditation Program

WABO has been working with South Seattle College to put together a three-year online program to provide in-depth training for those who want to increase their knowledge of working in the public sector as a building code professional.   For those interested in starting the program, year one registrations will be accepted Winter 2018.

Click here for more information



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

Read more




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.

Click here to become a WABO Member


WABO Welder

WABO Welder Renewal
Available Online

powered by MemberClicks