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Adopted Construction Codes

Which codes are adopted in the City of Burien?

As of July 1, 2016 the City of Burien will be using a new set of codes as required by state law.

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC) – WAC 51-50
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) – WAC 51-51
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC) – WAC 51-52
  • 2015 NFPA 54, National Fuel Gas Code (NFGC) – WAC 51-52
  • 2014 Edition of NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code (LPGC) – WAC 51-52
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) - WAC 51-52
  • 2015 International Fire Code (IFC) – WAC 51-54
  • 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code & Standards (UPC) – WAC 51–56 
  • 2015 Washington State Energy Code – WAC 51-11A, C, & R 
  • Burien Electrical Code (BEC) – BMC 15.10.140
  • Burien Building and Property Maintenance Code – BMC 15.40

Where can I view/purchase these codes?

A variety of sources to purchase these codes are available on-line including the Washington Association of Building Officials bookstore at www.wabo.org. Copies of the codes are always available for viewing at city hall. Also, many local libraries keep copies of current "standard codes" (though these may not include local amendments).

A free version of the International codes can be viewed at http://codes.iccsafe.org/I-Codes.html

What about code amendments
Washington State code amendments can be downloaded for free at https://fortress.wa.gov/ga/apps/SBCC/ Click on "State Building Codes" and scroll down to select the code format you're interested in. State amendments are also available for purchase in hard copy through the WABO bookstore at www.wabo.org.

City of Burien amendments are currently availabe for free online by following the links below. 
 >   Burien Construction Administrative Code - BMC 15.05
  • Chapter 15.05 BMC replaced chapter one (Administration) of the IBC, IRC, IMC, IFGC, and UPC, and provides administrative provisions for the NFGC, LPGC, WSEC, and Burien Electrical Code.)

>  Burien Construction Codes - BMC 15.10
  • Sound and hours of construction – BMC 15.10.030
  • International Building Code (IBC) - BMC 15.10.060
  • International Residential Code (IRC) - BMC 15.10.070
  • International Mechanical code (IMC) – BMC 15.10.080
  • National Fuel Gas Code (NFGC) (NFPA 54) – BMC 15.10.090
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code (LPGC) (NFPA 58) – BMC 15.10.100
  • International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) – BMC 15.10.110
  • Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) – BMC 15.10.120
  • Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) - BMC 15.10.130
  • Burien Electrical Code adopted (BEC) – BMC 15.10.140

>  Airport Noise Reduction – BMC 15.12 

>  Burien Fire Code (IFC) – BMC 15.20

>  Burien Building & Property Maintenance Code (BPMC) – BMC 15.40 

>  Burien Flood Damage Prevention - SMC 15.55

Is there training available?
Yes! The Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) "Education" website at www.wabo.org and the International Code Council (ICC) "Training" website at http://www.iccsafe.org/Education/Pages/default.aspx are good sources of information. You can also go to Mybuildingpermit.com and click on "Resources" for the most current code related news.

Please take advantage of training opportunities available and purchase/reference the current code books and amendments that will affect your project(s). If you have any questions or concerns along the way, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to be of assistance!

We look forward to working with you!


Jan Vogee

Jan Vogee C.B.O
Building Official

400 SW 152nd St, Suite 300  /  Burien, WA 98166  /  Ph: (206) 241-4647  /  Fax: (206) 248-5539
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