Monday, December 22, 2014


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Washington State Building Code Council

PLEASE watch this video - it could save your life!

We all have heard the dangers of lightweight construction – now here it from a firefighter who survived a collapse.  At the 2009 International Residential Code Hearings in Minneapolis last year, we voted and approved a requirement to provide a fire barrier to protect against flame impingement on floor/ceiling assemblies.  HOPEFULLY, this requirement and others will be adopted by Washington State in coming months with an effective date of July 2010.

New Law Requiring Fire Sprinklers in Nightclubs
(Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office)

Washington State legislation has approved Second Substitute House Bill (SSHB) 1811 requiring fire sprinklers to be installed in existing nightclubs by December 1, 2009.

  • The term "nightclub" has been identified in RCW 19.27.510 as follows:
    "Nightclub" means an A-2 occupancy use under the 2006 international building code in which the aggregate area of concentrated use of unfixed chairs and standing space that is specifically designated and primarily used for dancing or viewing performers exceeds three hundred fifty square feet, excluding adjacent lobby areas. "Nightclub" does not include theaters with fixed seating, banquet halls, or lodge halls.

Snohomish County Planning and Development Services has mailed a letter to each business identified as possibly fitting the criteria of having to install fire sprinklers.

For more information or to identify if your business will be required to have a fire sprinkler system, contact the fire marshal of the jurisdiction you are in.

Or contact:
Senior Fire Inspector, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (425-388-3411 ext. 2264)

State Building Code Council (SBCC)

Click on the map below to contact Fire Marshals in various districts or click here to go to the Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office website.