Washington Association of Building Officials

2018 Code Effective Date extended to February 1, 2021

Guidance for Smaller Jurisdictions Seeking CARES Act Funding for Virtual Needs

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was enacted March 27, 2020 provides $150 billion to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments in responding to the coronavirus pandemic through a newly established Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The U.S. Treasury Department has provided this funding to the states, local government, tribes and territories (SLTT) governments by formula. 

To find out more information on how to obtain funding for virtual needs, click here.

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WABO 2020 Fall Business Meeting - Virtual

Registration for the 2020 WABO Fall Business Meeting is now available.  With the uncertainty of Spokane County reaching Phase 4 implementation (Governor's Inslee's Safe Start Plan) by our Fall Business Meeting, the Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person event that was scheduled to be held on October 1-2, 2020 in Spokane, WA.  WABO will be holding our Fall Business Meeting virtually on Zoom Conferencing on October 1, 2020. 

For more information and to register, click here.

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WABO Request for Proposal

Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) is initiating this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals for a technical consultant for the Technical Code Development Committee (TCD).

WABO has established the Technical Code Development Committee to promote appropriate building and construction design practices, methodologies and standards in terms of life safety, performance and cost effectiveness.  TCD strives to improve construction laws and the built environment by working in collaboration with industry professionals, design professionals, jurisdictional representatives, citizens, and governing code development authorities in an open and consensus based manner.  TCD decisions are informed by using the most current substantive information available to propose new and innovative concepts, correct errors in the technical codes and recommend deletion or changing provisions that have been found to be ineffective. WABO requires technical consulting services to assist with committee work.

All individuals meeting the minimum submission requirements are encouraged to respond; proposals are due Friday, July 31, 2020 by 5:00 PM PDT.

Download the Request for Proposal

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WABO Administrative Lobby Closed to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

WABO understands there is much apprehension within the state concerning the outbreak of COVID-19.  We have carefully considered all the practical information shared by public health officials, and we are taking steps to ensure we can continue providing services to our members.  We have re-opened the office for staff to resume work and will keep the lobby closed to the public.  If you need to physically come into the office we ask that you make an appointment.

Please contact staff members via e-mail for assistance or to schedule an appointment:

Thank you for your cooperation, assistance and patience during this pandemic.

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 Online FEMA Training Opportunities

Right now would be a great time for everyone to consider taking  FEMA ICS-100, -200, -700 and -800 online courses and exams.  Employees should check with their employer to see what is required by their local jurisdiction (many do require some combination of the courses listed).  This will ensure we are all prepared or at the very least understand what we, the jurisdiction, should do during an emergency response.

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WABO 2020 Spring Business Meeting

Over 50 members attended the first ever WABO Virtual Spring Update Meeting on April 23, 2020. While we were disappointed in having to cancel the Spring meeting in Leavenworth, we were excited to have a great turnout on this platform with such short notice.

View Committee Updates

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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