Building Codes & Design Info

Building Codes adopted by the City of Edmonds as of 7/1/2013, as amended by the State of Washington Building Code Council (SBCC) and the Edmonds Community Development Code (ECDC):

2012 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.  The Builders Field Guide is a must for residential work.  


2012 International Residential Code  
2012 International Mechanical Code  
2012 International Fuel Gas Code  
2012 International Fire Code  
2012 Existing Building Code  
2012 International Property Maintenance Code  
2012 ICC Performance Code (link not available)  
2012 Washington State Energy Code  
2012 Uniform Plumbing Code (link not available)
Edmonds Community Development Code Title 19
WA State Amendments to ICC Codes as applicable  
2011 National Electrical Code: Electrical permits administered by the WA State Dept. of L & I


Min. Roof Snow Load   25 psf (non-reduceable)
Ground Snow Load   25 psf
Seismic Design   Category D1
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


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Building & Code News

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. The complete ordinance is here.


Building Codes Updated

The 2015 International Building Codes as adopted by the City of Edmonds take effect on July 1, 2016.


Permit Counter Open on Wednesday Mornings

Beginning Wednesday, March 2, the Development Services permit counter at Edmonds City Hall will be open on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Normal hours remain 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on other weekdays.


Solar permits now online!

Permitting for residential rooftop solar installations is now available online... find out more here.