Washington Association of Building Officials

2018 Washington Code Implementation Delay Update

Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) wants to update the membership on the status of our formal petition submitted to Governor Inslee for the immediate repeal of the State Building Code Council’s emergency rule adopted on January 8, 2021 extending the 2018 code implementation date to July 1, 2021.

We are pleased to announce that we were successful in our request and have received official notice from the Governor's office instructing the SBCC to immediately repeal the emergency ruling extending the code implementation date of the 2018 codes to July 1, 2021.

The 2018 Washington codes implementation date will remain February 1, 2021.

We know this was not an ideal situation for jurisdictions across the state and we thank you for your patience.

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WABO 2021 Winter Committee Meeting

Registration for the 2021 Winter Committee meeting is now available.  The 2021 meeting will be held virtually on February 4, 2021 via Zoom Conferencing.  We are once again planning a trip to the capitol to visit legislators, but this year we will be visiting them 'virtually' to request their support for WABO issues. 

2021 WABO Winter Committee Meeting 

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WABO 2021 Annual Education Institute

Registration for the 2021 Annual Education Institute (AEI) is now open!  The 2021 AEI is scheduled for March 15-18, 2021 and being held completely virtual.  WABO members receive a discount as well as reduced rates for registrering early.  Registration fees remain rolled back to 2010 pricing!


Information / Registration

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 ICC announced deadlines to participate in 2021 ABM & code development events

All Governmental Member Voting Representatives (GMVRs) must be validated this year (even if you previously validated your voters) no later than Aug. 21, 2021, in order to vote on business matters and elections at the Annual Business Meeting (ABM) and at the Public Comment Hearings and Online Governmental Consensus Vote this fall. New and reinstating Governmental Members must join by March 12, 2021, for their validated GMVRs to vote at the ABM, Public Comment Hearings and Online Governmental Consensus Vote. New members must be activated by March 12, 2021, to have a presence at the virtual Committee Action Hearings in April. Read more

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SBCC New Managing Director - Stoyan Bumbalov

Stoyan has 18 years of experience in developing, interpreting and enforcing building standards. He has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and possesses eight International Code Council certificates, including Accessibility Plans Examiner.

He has been a subject matter expert on code development and other rulemaking activities including the development and evaluation of exams. He was part of a green energy team that developed requirements for water conservation, as well as electric vehicle charging.

His private sector experience includes five years as a building inspector, plans examiner, internal control engineer, and a third-party consultant. He is leaving his private consulting practice to join the State Building Code Council as the new managing director.

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Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention

FEMA’s landmark study, “Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study,” shows that modern building codes lead to major reduction in property losses from natural disasters. The FEMA report calculates losses from three types of natural hazard (earthquakes, flooding, & hurricane winds) for each state and Washington, D.C.  To read the study and find out more information, click here.

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ICC goes virtual for the 2021 Committee Action Hearings

The Code Council has begun its 2024 code development process and for the first time in the associations’s history, confirmed that its Committee Action Hearings will leverage a virtual model for participants. Taking place April 11 through May 5, 2021, all interested parties are encouraged to participate as modern and innovative building codes and standards affect the safety and sustainability of all our buildings and communities. 

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WABO 2020 Fall Business Meeting

Over 50 members from around the state gathered virtually to attend the Fall Quarterly Business Meeting on October 1, 2020.  President Aldworth presented Past President Allshouse with a 'golden'gavel in appreciation of his excellent leadership and highlighted his many accomplishments during his tenure.

President and Committee Reports

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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.

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