State: Washington

New 2023 Washington Emergency Rule Extension, Effective April 14, 2023
January 18, 2023

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) extended an emergency rule on Dec. 13 to speed plan review for modular buildings, among other structures.

L&I filed the original emergency rule (CR-103E) on Dec. 20, 2021. The recent filing will extend the emergency rule to April 14, 2023.

The extension provides time for the Factory Assembled Structures Program (FAS) to develop permanent rules. The emergency rule allows licensed professional engineers, architects, or firms to review and approve design plans for conversion vendor units, recreational vehicles (RV), and park model RV’s. It also clarifies design plan requirements for commercial coaches and factory-built structures.

FAS plans to file a proposed rulemaking (CR-102) for permanent rules early next year. The changes under consideration include procedures in the emergency rule. These procedures have successfully lessened the backlog to the benefit of customers and staff.

You can find information about this rulemaking here or by going online to the program’s “Laws & Rules” page. For more information about using licensed professionals for design plan review, visit “Modular & Other Mobile Structures” on the FAS website.

Any questions, please contact us at FAS1@Lni.wa.gov or call 1-800-705-1411, Option 3.

 

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) adopted a 5.86% fee increase for permits
October 7, 2022

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) adopted a 5.86% fee increase for permits, inspections, and other services for factory-assembled structures. A fee increase is needed to cover increased operating costs for L&I’s Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) Program. The fee increase is the maximum the state Office of Financial Management allows for the fiscal year 2023. (more…)

Washington Extending Emergency Rule
August 30, 2022

Washington LP Approval Emergency Ruling EXTENDED

Please be advised that Washington L&I has extended the emergency ruling and it will now expire on December 14, 2022. An email from L&I stated the extension was not sent, but it is addressed on the website. (more…)

Washington Considering a Fee Increase for Permits and Inspections
May 4, 2022

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is considering a fee increase for permits, inspections, and other services for factory-assembled structures. A fee increase is needed to cover increased operating costs for L&I’s Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) Program. L&I is also considering other changes to the rules to update the fees. (more…)

Washington – Extension on Emergency Rule to use agency approved licensed PE’s
May 3, 2022

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) filed an emergency rule on April 19 to speed plan review for modular buildings, among other structures. This is an extension of the procedure already in place in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). L&I filed the original emergency rule (CR-103E) on Dec. 20, 2021. This rulemaking renews the emergency rule for another 120 days, (more…)

Washington – 2020 National Electrical Code Adopted
June 3, 2020
The State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industry, has completed its technical and administrative reviews of the 2020 National Electrical Code.  This newest edition of the NEC was adopted with minimal amendments and will become effective on November 1, 2020.

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Important Dates ENERGY STAR Tax Credit
January 31, 2020

As you may be aware, late last year Congress extended the $1,000 tax credit for each ENERGY STAR home completed through 2020 and made the credit retroactive to include homes completed in 2018 and 2019. During this period, we launched Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR requirements. SBRA is currently developing program rules that will apply to Version 2 homes. We will post information as it becomes available.  (more…)

Habitable Attic Egress Requirements
July 3, 2018

Please be aware of the definition and egress requirements of a habitable attic as it relates to dwellings built from the 2012 IRC. The 2009 and 2015 IRC verbiage is similar and still applicable. Attics that meet the size and ceiling height criteria of the “Habitable Attic” definition in Chapter 2 are considered habitable. This is applicable to finished and unfinished spaces. Habitable attics require a vertical access and emergency escape and rescue opening. Vertical access can be a fixed internal stair, ramp, or exterior stair. (more…)