City of Vancouver seeks volunteers to serve on Building and Fire Code Commission

The City of Vancouver is seeking qualified volunteers to fill two vacancies on its Building and Fire Code Commission (BFCC). Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.

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 

The BFCC is “on call” and meets as needed, with one mandatory meeting per year. The current vacancies are both for full, six-year terms.  

City residency is not a requirement to serve. However, per the requirements of Vancouver Municipal Code, applicants must have a background or experience in building or fire code and/or the construction industry. Applicants must also be available for an interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers on Thursday, Oct. 21.

One of the open positions is currently held by an individual whose term is expiring, and they may reapply. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any qualifying applicants.

To apply online, visit To request an application or for more information, contact Shannon Ripp in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1955, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, or 360-487-8600.

For more information about the city’s Building and Fire Code Commission, including past meeting’s agenda and minutes, please visit



Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start