2018 Building Codes Effective 2/1/2021

All permits applied for after 2/1/2021 will be vested to the 2018 Building Codes. We are still working through some special issues for final determination of permit vesting. There may be occasional questions that arise, so we will keep the code vesting document available as a reference.

2015 Code Vesting

We are working towards a goal to have the applicable code edition labeled in a conspicuous place for each permit. This will take time as we process the permits and right now this is handled manually. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

2018 Tacoma Building Code Overview There are 3 main layers to the Tacoma Building Code.

  • The International Code Council (ICC) publishes model codes for jurisdictions to use anywhere in the country. The bulk of Tacoma’s building codes are based on these model codes.
  • Washington State adopts legislation into law requiring the use of the Washington State Building code for projects in Washington. The Washington State Building Code builds on the ICC model codes noted above and also includes allowances for local jurisdictions like Tacoma to amend the Washington State Building Code.
  • The Tacoma Building Code includes amendments that are specific to projects constructed in the City of Tacoma.

Ordinance No 28729 Tacoma’s most recent changes to the Building Codes can be seen here. Please note that the amendments in the ordinance only include changes from the 2015 edition. For the full list of amendments go to Title 2 in the weblink provided below.

Ordinance No 28730 The most recent changes to the Fire Code include all changes.

Tacoma Municipal Code, Title 2 Building and Development Code, and Title 3 Fire Code, have been updated on the City’s website: https://www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=2255

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