Building Code Standards For Tiny Houses Wa. State ESSB 5383
Update Meeting Notes July 31, 2019
Written Comments Accepted Until Sept 27th, 2019
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Tiny Houses ESSB 5383 Effective: July 28th, 2019
Senate Bill ESSB 5383- Tiny Houses bill went into effect July 28th, 2019, sponsored by Senate Housing Stability & Affordability. It was originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Palumbo, Nguyen, Short, Van De Wege, Wilson, C., and Wilson L. First read 2/14/2019.
Focusing On Section One And Section Six Of ESSB 5383
Note: There has been some confusion regarding ESSB 5383. Many have assumed that this bill meant that Appendix Q, which was added to the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) relating to tiny homes on a foundation under 400 square feet was adopted in Washington state. If you get a copy of the original bill, 2/14/2019, it actually was going to be adopted.
Section One: Tiny House Villages
Individual cities and counties may allow tiny houses with wheels to be collected together as tiny house villages using the binding site10plan method articulated in chapter 58.17 RCW.
Appendix Q Can Provide A Basis For The Standards Requested In The Act
The legislature recognizes that the International Code Council in 2018 has issued tiny house building code standards in Appendix Q of the International Residential Code, which can provide a basis for the standards requested within this act.
Section Six: By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses
Sec. 6. RCW 19.27.035 and 2018 c 207 s 2 are each amended to read as follows: The building code council shall:
(1) ( A ) By July 1, 2019, adopt a revised process for the review of proposed statewide amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW ; 19.27.031 and ;
(B) Adopt a process for the review of proposed or enacted local amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council.
(2) By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses
After reviewing ESSB 5383 and also speaking to Richard Brown, the Managing Director of the Washington State Building Code Council, he has confirmed that Appendix Q has not been adopted. There is still a chance that it will be adopted, but it has been heavily amended. July 31st, 2019 is the launch of the new review process to adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses and the possible adoption of Appendix Q that has been amended.
Technical Advisory Groups ( TAGs )
The Council periodically initiates a process for review of code amendment proposals and new code requirements. The TAGs are a key part of the review process. The Council appoints experts and interest group representatives to serve on the TAGs to assist the Council by providing detailed information on state building code changes and other issues.
If you would like to be a part of the process, the public is welcome and participation is encouraged. You can participate in person, listen in or there is a WebEX option. Richard Brown sent me a copy of the amended document, the title is IRC Appendix Q. Tiny House: Sleeping Lofts. There will also be an opportunity in the future to speak in person or submit comments in writing.
July 31st, 2019: State Building Code Council Meeting : 2018 International Residential Code Technical Advisory Group Meeting
Open To The Public: Agenda ESSB 5383 IRC Appendix Q Tiny Houses Sleeping Lofts
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Shoreline City Hall
17500 Midvale Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133-4905
For WebEx Option:
(If necessary, meeting number: 801 448 573 Password( IRCMay2019)
If you have any further questions, please contact Richard Brown at (360) 407-9277.
Washington State Building Code Council
Post Office Box 41449
Olympia, WA 98504-1449
Phone: (360) 407-9277
Fax: (360) 586-9088
Residential Code Technical Advisory Group 2018 Code Cycle
The TAG is scheduled to begin reviewing the changes for the 2018 Washington State Amendments in the fall of 2018. The anticipated effective date of the 2018 WSEC is July 1, 2020.
Appendix Q: Tiny Homes On A Foundation
If you are interested in leaning more about Appendix Q and the states and jurisdictions that have adopted it, please visit the Tiny Home Industry Association and the ongoing work in progress titled Appendix Q: Tiny Homes On A Foundation.