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Director:
J.E. “Sam” Ryan, CBO

5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 676-6907
E-mail: pds@co.whatcom.wa.us

 
Residential Buildings
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Residential building for one-and two-family dwellings shall be reviewed for compliance under the current adopted edition of the International Residential Code (IRC).

The IRC shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, removal and demolition of detached one-and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories above grade in height with separate means of egress and their accessory structures.

The purpose is to provide minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare through affordability, structural strength, means of egress, facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards to the building environment.