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Fire Code Development Process

Staff at the Seattle Fire Department develop and administer codes that regulate fire safety in Seattle.  Code development decisions are made in conjunction with the Seattle Fire Code Advisory Board (FCAB), whose members bring perspective from the industries and associations they represent to ensure that the fire prevention and life safety goals are achieved in a manner that works for businesses, labor and residents of Seattle.

Seattle's Fire Code is based on the International Fire Code. The Washington State Legislature and the Washington State Building Code Council have adopted the codes listed below to comprise the Washington State Building Code for use throughout the state.

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code, except the standards for liquefied petroleum gas installations shall be in accordance with NFPA 58 (Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases) and NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code)
  • 2012 International Fire Code

The City of Seattle City Council approved, and the Mayor signed, City Ordinances adopting and amending the above codes in the Fall of 2013.  Seattle Fire Department code development staff worked closely with the Seattle Fire Code Advisory Board in drafting this document.  For access to all of the Seattle Building Codes, including the 2012 Seattle Fire Code, please see options for purchasing or free online review of the codes.

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Last Modified:   January 09, 2014

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