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Posted on: May 31, 2023

Building Code Cycle Changes


The 2018 Washington State Building Code Cycle expires March 14, 2024. The City of Ellensburg will adopt the 2021 IRC, IBC, UPC, IFC, IEBC, IMC, IPMC code on March 15, 2024.

Please see the attached guidance document for more information.

Permits applied for and review fees paid prior to March 14, will have plan reviews conducted using the 2018 code cycle, including individual lots applying for permits utilizing Master Plans. If the permit is not paid for in full within 180 days after the plan review, the application will be cancelled, and review fees will not be reimbursed. No application extensions will be granted after the 180 days expires.

All permits issued under the 2018 codes that are paid for in full and or issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance. If the work has not commenced and not more than 180 days pass between inspections, there may be a request in writing to the building official providing justifiable cause to extend the permit an additional 180 days. If no request is made within 180 days the permit becomes invalid and will be canceled. No review fees will be refunded. There will be no extensions beyond 2 years using the 2018 code if work has not commenced.

Questions? Contact the Building Official at (509) 925-8663.

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