Building Codes & Design Info

Building Codes adopted by the City of Edmonds as of 7/1/2016, as amended by the State of Washington Building Code Council (SBCC) and the Edmonds Community Development Code (ECDC):

2015 International Building Code
  • The International Code Council promulgates the International Codes that form the basis for building codes in Washington State and the City of Edmonds.  Visit their site to explore the national code development process.

  • In Washington the State Building Code Council is charged with the adoption and amendment of the International Codes.  The council was created by the State Legislature in 1974 and given authority from RCW 19.27. 

  • A good source of code books and other code related publications is the Washington Association of Building Officials Bookstore.  You can also check the WABO website to check for training opportunities, resources and to see what is happening within the state building code world. 

  • The State Energy Codes.  A very good source of information on energy codes with some very useful publications is the WSU Energy Extension. 


2015 International Residential Code  
2015 International Mechanical Code  
2015 International Fuel Gas Code  
2015 International Fire Code  
2015 International Existing Building Code  
2015 International Property Maintenance Code  
2015 ICC Performance Code (link not available)  
2015 Washington State Energy Code  
2015 Uniform Plumbing Code (link not available)
Edmonds Community Development Code Title 19
WA State Amendments to ICC Codes as applicable  
Electrical permits are administered by WA State Dept. of L&I. The edition of the National Electrical Code in effect is that which is currently adopted by the State.


Min. Roof Snow Load   25 psf (non-reducible)
Ground Snow Load   25 psf
Seismic Design   Category D1 (Residential) / Category D (Commercial)
Wind Speed   85 mph (Basic), 110mph (Ultimate)
Wind Exposure   B,C & D (varies with location contact plan review staff)
Winter Design Temp   27 degrees F (-3 degree C)
Mean Annual Temp   50 degrees F (10 degree C)

Permitting Contacts

Development Services Department
121 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020

Phone: 425-771.0220
Fax: 425.771.0221

M, T, Th, F: 8am to 4:30pm
Wed 8:30am to Noon
The switchboard is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  425.771.0220


Building Division
Planning Division
Engineering Development Staff
Code Enforcement

Building & Code News

Streateries Information

Information on Streateries can be found here, including guidance on the rules governing them and how to obtain City approval.


Temporary Tents and Canopies

Temporary Tents and Canopies can now be applied for online at Here is the link to specific submittal information: Submittal Information


2021 Development Fees

The new Edmonds development fee schedule is available here - effective January 1, 2021.


Permit & Property Records Available Online

Are you looking for development records for a property? Click here.

The City of Edmonds is now utilizing the online portal for permit applications, inspections requests and more. is a permitting site shared with neighboring jurisdictions.  Please visit the website for more information and resources.