ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5905
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
C 266 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on Energy & Utilities (originally sponsored by Senators Benitz, Bender, Amondson, Smitherman, Owen and Anderson)
Read first time 3/1/89.
AN ACT Relating to the building code council; amending RCW 19.27.031, 19.27.060, 19.27.074, 19.27.078, and 19.27.090; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 5, chapter 360, Laws of 1985 and RCW 19.27.031 are each amended to read as follows:
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, there shall be in effect in all counties and cities the state building code which shall consist of the following codes which are hereby adopted by reference:
Building Code and Uniform Building Code Standards, ((
published by the International Conference of Building Officials;
Mechanical Code, ((
1982 edition,)) including Chapter 22, Fuel Gas
Piping, Appendix B, published by the International Conference of Building
Uniform Fire Code and Uniform Fire Code Standards, ((
published by the International Conference of Building Officials and the Western
Fire Chiefs Association: PROVIDED, That, notwithstanding any wording in this
code, participants in religious ceremonies shall not be precluded from carrying
Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Plumbing Code Standards, ((
published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical
Officials: PROVIDED, That chapters 11 and 12 of such code are not adopted; and
(5) The rules and regulations adopted by the council establishing standards for making buildings and facilities accessible to and usable by the physically handicapped or elderly persons as provided in RCW 70.92.100 through 70.92.160.
In case of conflict among the codes enumerated in subsections (1), (2), (3), and (4) of this section, the first named code shall govern over those following.
The codes enumerated in this section shall be adopted by the council as provided in RCW 19.27.074.
The council may issue opinions relating to the codes at the request of a local building official.
Sec. 2. Section 6, chapter 96, Laws of 1974 ex. sess. as last amended by section 12, chapter 462, Laws of 1987 and RCW 19.27.060 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The governing bodies of counties and cities may amend the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council as they apply within their respective jurisdictions, but the amendments shall not result in a code that is less than the minimum performance standards and objectives contained in the state building code.
(a) No amendment to a code enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council that affects single family or multifamily residential buildings shall be effective unless the amendment is approved by the building code council under RCW 19.27.074(1)(b).
(b) Any county or city amendment to a code enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 which is approved under RCW 19.27.074(1)(b) shall continue to be effective after any action is taken under RCW 19.27.074(1)(a) without necessity of reapproval under RCW 19.27.074(1)(b) unless the amendment is declared null and void by the council at the time any action is taken under RCW 19.27.074(1)(a) because such action in any way altered the impact of the amendment.
(2) Except as permitted or provided otherwise under this section, the state building code shall be applicable to all buildings and structures including those owned by the state or by any governmental subdivision or unit of local government.
(3) The governing body of each county or city may limit the application of any portion of the state building code to exclude specified classes or types of buildings or structures according to use other than single family or multifamily residential buildings: PROVIDED, That in no event shall fruits or vegetables of the tree or vine stored in buildings or warehouses constitute combustible stock for the purposes of application of the uniform fire code.
(4) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any building four or more stories high with a B occupancy as defined by the uniform building code, 1982 edition, and with a city fire insurance rating of 1, 2, or 3 as defined by a recognized fire rating bureau or organization.
(5) No provision of the uniform fire code concerning roadways shall be part of the state building code: PROVIDED, That this subsection shall not limit the authority of a county or city to adopt street, road, or access standards.
(6) The provisions of the state building code may be preempted by any city or county to the extent that the code provisions relating to the installation or use of sprinklers in jail cells conflict with the secure and humane operation of jails.
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) Adopt and 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.
(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.
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 ((
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.
Sec. 4. Section 3, chapter 360, Laws of 1985 and RCW 19.27.078 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The state building code council shall contract with a private entity to conduct a study and analysis of the codes referred to in RCW 19.27.031 and related regulations of state and local agencies to ascertain the amount and nature of any conflict and inconsistencies. The findings and proposed solutions resulting from this study and analysis shall be submitted to the state building code council no later than September 1, 1987. The state building code council shall consider these findings and proposed solutions when carrying out its responsibilities under RCW 19.27.074.
(2) The state building code council shall conduct a study of county and city enforcement of the requirements of the codes to which reference is made in RCW 19.27.031. In conducting the study, the council shall conduct public hearings at designated council meetings to seek input from interested individuals and organizations. The findings of the study shall be submitted in a report to the governor and the legislature no later than September 1, 1987.
(3) The study required under subsection (2) of this section shall include, but not be limited to, a review of the impact of discretionary building permit requirements imposed by local code enforcement personnel. This review shall be designed to determine the extent, if any, to which such discretionary requirements are based upon (a) the requirements of the state building code or (b) city or county amendments to the state building code.
(4) The state building code council shall conduct a study to identify and define stand-alone ordinances adopted by counties and cities that add or alter construction requirements to buildings and structures built under the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031, as adopted and amended by the state building code council. In conducting the study, the council shall consult with representatives from counties, cities, home builders, architects, building officials, and fire officials. To aid in data collection, local governments shall submit fire suppression ordinances, as defined by the state building code council, in effect on March 31, 1989, to the state building code council. The findings of the study shall be submitted in a written report to the house of representatives committee on housing and the senate governmental operations committee no later than November 1, 1989.
(5) The study required under subsection (4) of this section shall include, but not be limited to, a review of ordinances or regulations adopted by counties and cities that add or alter construction requirements to buildings and structures built under the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031.
Sec. 5. Section 9, chapter 96, Laws of 1974 ex. sess. and RCW 19.27.090 are each amended to read as follows:
use and zoning requirements, building setbacks, side and rear-yard
requirements, site development, property line requirements, ((
requirements adopted by counties or cities pursuant to chapter 58.17 RCW,
snow load requirements, wind load requirements, and local fire zones are
specifically reserved to local jurisdictions notwithstanding any other
provision of this (( 1974 act)) chapter.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. The building code council shall, within one year of the effective date of this act, adopt a process for the review of proposed state-wide amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031, and proposed or enacted local amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council.