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Seattle Fire Code

2015 Seattle Fire Code

The 2015 Seattle Fire Code was adopted by City Council on September 26, 2016, and will take effect 30 days after the Mayor signs it.  Mandatory usage begins January 1, 2017.  We anticipate PDFs and bound copies of the code to be available in the late fall.  Meanwhile, please review the code adoption ordinance for more information.

2012 Seattle Fire Code

The 2012 Seattle Fire Code, based on the International Fire Code, provides minimum fire and life safety standards for buildings, processes and fire protection equipment installations in the city of Seattle.

Adopted by ordinance on September 16, 2013, the current code is based on the 2012 International Fire Code. The city adopts new editions of the fire code every three years with amendments. Local jurisdictions are required by state law to enforce these codes.

Changes to 2012 Seattle Fire Code

The 2012 Seattle Fire Code was amended in 2014. The amendments can be reviewed here:

In addition to the fire code, the city has several other related codes, including building, existing building, residential, plumbing, energy, mechanical and fuel gas codes. Adopted versions of the rest of the 2012 building codes are available on the Department of Planning and Development code pages.

The 2012 Seattle Fire Code is available for purchase in hard copy or PDF or available for free review online. The 2003, 2006 and 2009 versions of the code are also available for free review.

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Last Modified:   November 15, 2016

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