Construction Codes

Building Codes

The City of Olympia enforces the following National Codes, Washington State Amendments, and the Olympia Municipal Code:

National Codes


Washington State Amendments

Washington State Amendments 

  • WAC 51-50 Washington State Building Code (IBC)
  • WAC 51-51 Washington State Building Code (IRC)
  • WAC 51-52 Washington State Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • WAC 51-54 Washington State Fire Code (IFC)
  • WAC 51-56 & 51-57 Washington State Plumbing Code & Standards (UPC)
  • WAC 51-11 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC)
    • WAC 51-11C (commercial)
    • WAC 51-11R (residential)
  • WAC 296-46B Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation 

 Olympia Local Amendments and Regulations


City of Olympia Design Requirements 

  • Engineering Design and Development Standards (EDDS)
  • Wind Speed Maps:
    • Risk Category I IBC Figure 1609.3(3)
    • Risk Category II IBC Figure 1609.3(1)
    • Risk Category III & IV IBC Figure 1609.3(2)
  • Roof Snow Load: 25 psf 
  • Rain on Snow Surcharge: 5 psf added to low-slope roofs if slope is for carport (roof slope <1/2") otherwise, rain on snow surcharge: 5 psf added to flat roofs if slope is <1/2"  (IBC 1608.1 & ASCE 7-10)
  • Seismic Design Category: D IBC 1613
  • Rainfall: 1 inches/hour for roof drainage design
  • Frost Line Depth: 12 inches
  • Soil Baring Capacity: 1,500 psf unless a Geo-Technical report is provided

Need Help?

Contact the Permit Center at 360.753.8314 or CPDinfo@ci.olympia.wa.us