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City seeks volunteers for Building-Fire Code Commission - 04/16/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking three volunteers interested in serving on its Building-Fire Code Commission (BFCC).  Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 14.

To apply online, visit To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office by mail at City Hall, P.O. Box 1955, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at"> or by phone at 360-487-8607.

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, 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
  • Review all proposed new codes or changes to existing building and fire code and make recommendations to the council prior to its action
  • Hear and resolve disputes related to building and fire code

The BFCC is “on call” and meets as needed, with one mandatory meeting per year. City residency is not a requirement. The vacancies are for a six-year, full-term position expiring in 2024. Preference will be given to people with background and/or experience in engineering, architecture or fire prevention fields.

One of the primary objectives of the recruitment effort is to recruit individuals whose qualifications relate well to the construction industry and the duties of BFCC. Vancouver City Council recognizes that a diverse and well-qualified commission representing different aspects of construction industry will be beneficial to the city and the community. Individuals with background in construction and/or codes, particularly in the area of fire code/fire prevention, are encouraged to apply. Having a BFCC member with expertise in the area of fire code/fire prevention will benefit the commission by expanding its knowledge base.

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