Wood framing of a house with street sign saying Changes ahead, building codes with Washinton State and Clallum County.

Upcoming Washington State Building Code Changes

SBCCFriends and Neighbors,

As some of you are well aware, in June there are significant changes to the building and energy codes.

If you are thinking that building codes do not apply to me or that my small weekend project does not really need a building permit, you might be right. More than likely though you would be wrong.

As a general rule of thumb, if you are changing the structure of your home by moving walls and adding square footage, adding value to your property with a new deck, or building a large shed or garage you will need a building permit.  The links below will help you identify what is changing and why, so that you can make the best choice for the value of your home or property.

Scheduled Training through WSU

Scheduled Training through BIAW

2015 Washington State Energy Code

2015 Building Code

2015 Residential Code

2015 Fire Code

2015 Mechanical Code

2015 Plumbing Code

For many of us the single largest investment that we will ever make is in our home. Building without a permit or not following the building code can compromise the structure and the return on your investment.  Whether you are building a new home or fixing up your existing one, knowing when you need a permit and how to make sure that the work being done meets the current building codes will go a long way to helping you live in a safe and comfortable home.  Remember that the fine folks at the local and county building departments are there to help and guide you through the process or steer you to a professional when needed.

Kelly-Fox-ImageKelly Fox
CEO Lumber Traders Inc.
Angeles Millwork& Lumber Co.
Hartnagel Building Supply