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Existing Building Code

See also: Building Code

What Is It?

The Seattle Existing Building Code (SEBC) provides minimum requirements for repair, alteration, change of occupancy, addition, and relocation of existing buildings. Seattle has adopted the 2015 International Existing Building Code, with amendments specific to our city.

What It Isn't

This code does not cover the design and construction of new buildings. Those regulations are found in the Seattle Building Code. This code also does not cover regulations for single-family houses, duplexes, and townhouses with up to three stories and separate entrances. Those regulations are found in the Seattle Residential Code.

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2015 Seattle Existing Building Code

2012 Seattle Existing Building Code

This is a read-only version of the 2012 Seattle Existing Building Code. You can buy a full version from iccsafe.org.

Previous Versions

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Recent Changes

As of January 1, 2017, you must design your Seattle projects using the 2015 Seattle Existing Building Code. We will have electronic and print copies of the 2015 code available soon. We will post the electronic version on this website as soon as it's available. Print versions will be available through our Public Resource Center.

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