Construction Codes Advisory Board

What Is It?

We depend on the advice of professionals and citizens to develop workable construction codes. The Construction Codes Advisory Board (CCAB) gives input about proposed code amendments and Director’s Rules related to technical codes. Its input is based on the members’ professional experience and point of view. 

CCAB is a volunteer board. Its 13 members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Its authority comes from Seattle Building Code Section 105. CCAB is also available to advise us when permit applicants are unsatisfied with our decisions and want another opinion. A CCAB subcommittee, the Innovation Advisory Committee, reviews energy efficient development proposals that are not covered by the technical codes.

Each board member serves a three-year term. Because the code requires us to stagger the terms, we recruit new members every year to fill the expired terms. If you think you might be interested in serving on CCAB, watch the City's Boards and Commissions page for information about openings.

Meetings are scheduled for the first and third Thursday of every month, as needed.

For more information, read Tip 332, Review of SDCI Decisions by the Construction Codes Advisory Board, or these code sections: Section 103.11 of the Seattle Building Code, Section 110.13 of the Seattle Mechanical Code, Section 110.13 of the Seattle Plumbing Code, Sections C109.2 and R103.11 of the Seattle Energy Code, 1.6.14 of the Seattle Boiler and Pressure Vessels Code, and Section 80.17 of the Seattle Electrical Code.

Who Are the Members?

Construction Codes Advisory Board (CCAB) Members

From left to right starting with the back row: Len Whalen, Ron Lane, Eric Vander Mey, front row: Greg Gilda, Lachlan Foss, Charlie Beck, Judy Tucker. Not pictured: Jim Safranek, Lily Iftner, Joel Crabtree, Joseph Malaspino, and Alan Wakeling

Each board member represents a profession or the general public. CCAB has the following positions:

  • 1 architect
  • 1 structural engineer
  • 1 electrical engineer
  • 1 general contractor
  • 1 electrical contractor
  • 1 organized labor
  • 3 general public
  • 1 heating, refrigeration, and air-conditioning engineer
  • 1 commercial building owner or operator
  • 1 apartment building owner or operator
  • 1 developer or contractor of residential projects

In addition to these positions, the Seattle Fire Department, Seattle City Light, and Public Health - Seattle & King County are represented by non-voting members.