City seeks volunteer to serve on Building and Fire Code Commission

November 17, 2023

The City of Vancouver is seeking a qualified community member to fill one vacancy on its Building and Fire Code Commission (BFCC). Applications must be submitted by Nov. 30.

The BFCC is a volunteer commission of at least five members that makes recommendations to the Vancouver City Council about changes to, or adoption of, city building and fire codes. Commission duties include:

  • Conduct public meetings as needed to complete commission business
  • Investigate building code, fire code and construction-related issues
  • Recommend construction and fire prevention regulations related to Title 16 and 17 of the Vancouver Municipal Code
  • Review all proposed new codes or changes to existing building and fire code and make recommendations to Vancouver City Council prior to its action
  • Hear and resolve disputes related to building and fire code

All applicants must also be available for a phone interview with the Vancouver City Council.

The BFCC is “on call” and meets as needed, with one mandatory meeting per year. This vacancy is for a mid-term appointment that will expire in 2025.

City residency is not a requirement to serve. However, per the requirements of Vancouver Municipal Code, applicants must have a background or experience representing specific areas in the building or fire code and/or the construction industry. The City is specifically seeking people to serve who represent the following: professional structural engineer, professional mechanical engineer, general building contractor, residential contractor, mechanical contractor, plumbing contractor, building material supplier, construction industry union representative or public at-large.

Applications may be submitted online at To request a printed application or for further information, contact the Boards and Commissions Coordinator at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at or by calling 360-487-8600.

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Contact: Tim Becker, Strategic Communications Manager, 360-831-3240,