Current Codes & Design Criteria

Current Building Codes

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2018 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2018 Washington State Energy Code

For additional information on the above codes visit the International Code Council.

Current Design Criteria

  • 12 inch frost depth minimum
  • Snow Load 25 pounds (live load)
  • Per IBC 2018 and in accordance with ASCE 7-16 (135 mph ultimate); Exposure B
  • Seismic Zone D-1

Electrical Permits

Electrical permits and electrical inspections shall be obtained at Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).

Important Notice for Contractors 

Contractors working within the City are required to have a City Business License. Please visit the Business License Program page for more information. 

Code Assistance on the Web

Washington State Building Code Council
State advisory body for the International Code Council.

Southwest Washington Chapter of the International Code Council
Regional local chapter of the International Code Council.

Washington Association of Building Officials
Advisory body for jurisdictions.
This website provides miscellaneous building specifications for review.