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  
2014 National Electrical Code: Electrical permits administered by the WA State Dept. of L & I


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

Building Codes Updated

The 2018 International Building Codes are expected to be adopted by the City of Edmonds and take effect on February 1, 2021.

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.


COVID-19 Permitting

COVID-19 Emergency measures are now in effect!

Sign Code Updated

The City's sign code has recently been updated, modifying how downtown sidewalk signs are regulated as well as improving some other more general sign code provisions. A summary can be found here, along with an application form.


2020 Development Fees

The new Edmonds development fee schedule is available here - effective January 15, 2020.