In response to COVID-19’s significant impacts to construction throughout the state of Washington, Governor Inslee has issued a proclamation that delays the effective date for changes in the Washington State Building Code from July 1st to November 1st. The expected changes for this summer had included adoption of the 2018 versions of the International Building, Fire, Mechanical, Plumbing, Residential and Energy Codes. The Governor also specifically identified nine orders within the State Building Code and “suspended” those orders “from their current effective dates of July 1, 2020, until November 1, 2020…”
The delay in implementing the new codes for several months raises practical concerns for projects that already are in the pipeline.
The Governor’s order is similar to one adopted in Seattle in March. Both orders are the subject of on-going discussions with the state and city by various professional and trade organizations, and there are likely to be subsequent refinements and clarifications.
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