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Posted on: June 14, 2023

New State Building Codes Delayed Until October

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 14, 2023 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development is alerting the public of a revised timeline for the implementation of new state building codes. The Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) voted to delay the effective date of the 2021 codes for 120 days. The new effective date for all building codes is October 29, 2023. Previously, the effective date was July 1, 2023.

What does this mean for San Juan County? 

San Juan County adopts codes, as amended by the Washington State Building Code Council. One important update regards energy use. For newly constructed habitable structures, the new building and energy codes will require additional insulation and other measures to improve energy efficiency. Over time, this will contribute to climate resiliency and, ideally, lower energy costs for San Juan County residents.

How to learn more: 

Those interested in learning more can visit the Washington State Building Code Council website at: https://www.sbcc.wa.gov/. The official announcement is found here: https://www.sbcc.wa.gov/news/council-votes-delay-effective-date-2021-code-editions-october-29-2023 

About San Juan County’s Department of Community Development 

San Juan County’s Department of Community Development is responsible for building permits and inspections, code enforcement, land use designations, long range planning, and more. The department’s main office is located at 135 Rhone Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information about San Juan County’s Department of Community Development, visit www.sanjuanco.com/1778/Community-Development.

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