SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2070


                                                           AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


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State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By House Committee on Housing (originally sponsored by Representatives Todd and Hargrove)



Read first time 3/1/89.



AN ACT Relating to the state building code; amending RCW 19.27.074; adding a new section to chapter 19.27 RCW; and creating a new section.




          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.     The legislature finds that moved buildings or structures can provide affordable housing for many persons of lower income; that many of the moved structures or buildings were legally built to the construction standards of their day; and that requiring the moved building or structure to meet all new construction codes may limit their use as an affordable housing option for persons of lower income.

          The legislature further finds that application of the new construction code standards to moved structures and buildings present unique difficulties and that it is the intent of the legislature that any moved structure or building that meets the codes at the time it was constructed does not need to comply with any updated state building code unless the structure is substantially remodeled or rebuilt.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 19.27 RCW to read as follows:

          (1) Residential buildings or structures moved into or within a county or city are not required to comply with all of the requirements of the codes enumerated in chapters 19.27 and 19.27A RCW, as amended and maintained by the state building code council, if the original occupancy classification of the building or structure is not changed as a result of the move.

          (2) This section shall not apply to residential structures or buildings that are substantially remodeled or rehabilitated, nor to any work performed on a new or existing foundation.

          (3) For the purposes of determining whether a moved building or structure has been substantially remodeled or rebuilt, any cost relating to preparation, construction, or renovation of the foundation shall not be considered.


        Sec. 3.  Section 2, chapter 360, Laws of 1985 and RCW 19.27.074 are each amended to read as follows:

          (1) The state building code council shall:

          (a) Maintain the codes to which reference is made in RCW 19.27.031 in a status which is consistent with the state's interest as set forth in RCW 19.27.020.  In maintaining these codes, the council shall regularly review updated versions of the codes referred to in RCW 19.27.031 and other pertinent information and shall amend the codes as deemed appropriate by the council;

          (b) Approve or deny all county or city amendments to any code referred to in RCW 19.27.031 to the degree the amendments apply to single family or multifamily residential buildings;

          (c) As required by the legislature, develop and adopt any codes relating to buildings; ((and))

          (d) Propose a budget for the operation of the state building code council to be submitted to the office of financial management pursuant to RCW 43.88.090; and

          (e) Adopt rules pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW for the purpose of this subsection.

          (2) The state building code council may:

          (a) Appoint technical advisory committees which may include members of the council;

          (b) Employ permanent and temporary staff and contract for services; and

          (c) Conduct research into matters relating to any code or codes referred to in RCW 19.27.031 or any related matter.

          All meetings of the state building code council shall be open to the public under the open public meetings act, chapter 42.30 RCW.  All actions of the state building code council which adopt or amend any code of state-wide applicability shall be pursuant to the administrative procedure act, chapter ((34.04)) 34.05 RCW.

          All council decisions relating to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 shall require approval by at least a majority of the members of the council.

          All decisions to adopt or amend codes of state-wide application shall be made prior to December 1 of any year and shall not take effect before the end of the regular legislative session in the next year.

                                                                                                                           Passed the House April 19, 1989.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.


                                                                                                                             Passed the Senate April 7, 1989.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.