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WASHINGTON – proposed changes to building code and permitting process


Issue:  HB 1622 - BUILDING CODES


Affects:  Those who utilize the states building codes and pull permits.


Send comments to:  Jennifer Hatfield, jhatfield@apsp.org


Bill Summary:  The latest version of the bill provides the following:

(1) Modifies the administrative processes of the State Building Code Council (Council), including requiring the Council to adhere to statutory requirements applicable to significant legislative rules; 
(2) Establishes the Council in the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) and specifies that the DES provides administrative support and the Council has rulemaking authority; 
(3) Creates separate building permit fees for commercial building permits and residential building permits; and
(4) Creates a new fee for licensing of registered architects and entities engaged in the practice of architecture. 


Status:  Passed the House as amended on February 8.  Passed Senate on February 28. Sent to Governor Jay Inslee (D) on March 6.


Current version (2/28/2018):  http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passed%20Legislature/1622-S2.PL.pdf