Washington Association of Building Officials



Building Safety Month Challenge

Building Safety Month started as a U.S. campaign 43 years ago.  Today it's celebrated worldwide.  The 43rd Annual Building Safety Month will kick off May 1, 2023 with this year's theme:  It Starts with YOU!  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 we do and its importance. For your convenience we have included a  Building Safey 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 by April 14, 2023. 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.   For all jurisdictional proclamations received, you will be entered into a drawing to win a WABO Business Meeting of your choice!

 Safety in the built environment is an essential component of maintaining public health, making Building Safety Month more relevant than ever.  The International Code Council has several great toolkits (coming soon!) available to jurisdictions that can be utilized during the month long event.

  • Week 1 - Building Safety Starts at Home
  • Week 2 - Building Safety Professionals and You
  • Week 3 - Prepare Your Community
  • Week 4 - Advocate for Your Community
  • Week 5 - Solving Challenges Together


WABO 2023 Annual Business Meeting

Registration for the 2023 WABO Annual Business Meeting is now available.  The meeting is scheduled for April 20-21, 2023, at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth, WA.  This special meeting is includes the election of Board members and the Annual Awards Banquet.  Reserve your room early as the room block ends on March 20, 2023.   Please call 800-223-8511 for a special room rate of $199-$208 and mention WABO and group code 10633 when making your reservations.

WABO members are also looking for dedicated individuals willing to volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors.  If you would like to become a leader in our great organization, click here.


COAP Seeking Qualified Instructors

The WABO Code Official Accreditation Program (COAP) Committee is currently seeking instructors for the WABO-COAP Program! 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! You can apply online to submit your resume and areas of interest.

Click here for more information about the COAP Program.

For detailed information about this opportunity, or for further questions, please e-mail [email protected]


WABO 2022 Fall Business Meeting

Over 70 people gathered at The Historic Davenport in Spokane for the WABO Fall Quarterly Business Meeting on October 27-28, 2022.   A record number of first timers attended and were able to network with their colleagues from around Washington.

President and Committee Reports

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