The City of Port Angeles will adopt the 2018 International Code Council Building Codes and Washington State code on February 1, 2021. Implementation of these codes experienced many delays over the last year. Due to the financial impacts of COVID-19, the recent extension to July 1, 2021, and then the retraction of this extension by Governor Inslee, the City is aware there are projects which have been in the development phase for several months that may have experienced significant delays due to implementation uncertainty.
Therefore, the City Manager has signed an emergency order that temporarily suspends and replaces vesting code provisions (Section 14.01.040 Port Angeles Municipal Code) for City Council to consider ratifying during the February 2, 2021 meeting. The order states that until July 1, 2021, the City of Port Angeles will allow applicants to choose which code they want their plans to be vested to, the 2015 or 2018 codes.
The choice will apply to all codes, building, mechanical, plumbing, and energy codes referenced during the plan review. Once the applicant chooses the code year, the project will be regulated by that code edition through completion of the project, or expiration, whichever comes first.