Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions (the "Terms and Conditions") govern the use of

www.buildingcodetips.com (the "Site"). This Site is owned and operated by Ben Leighton. This Site is a blog.

By using this Site, you indicate that you have read and understand these Terms and Conditions and agree to abide by them at all times.

Intellectual Property

All content published and made available on our Site is the property of Ben Leighton and the Site's creators. This includes, but is not limited to images, text, logos, documents, downloadable files and anything that contributes to the composition of our Site.

Age Restrictions

The minimum age to use our Site is 18 years old. By using this Site, users agree that they are over 18 years old. We do not assume any legal responsibility for false statements about age.


When you create an account on our Site, you agree to the following:

1. You are solely responsible for your account and the security and privacy of your account, including passwords or sensitive information attached to that account; and

2. All personal information you provide to us through your account is up to date, accurate, and truthful and that you will update your personal information if it changes.

We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your account if you are using our Site illegally or if you violate these Terms and Conditions.

Sale of Goods And Services

These Terms and Conditions govern the sale of goods and services available on our Site.

The following goods are available on our Site:

- Construction Code Education Guides.

The following services are available on our Site:

- Customized Construction Project Advice.

The services will be paid for in full when the services are ordered.

These Terms and Conditions apply to all the goods and services that are displayed on our Site at the time you access it. This includes all products listed as being out of stock. All information, descriptions, or images that we provide about our goods and services are as accurate as possible. However, we are not legally bound by such information, descriptions, or images as we cannot guarantee the accuracy of

all goods and services we provide. You agree to purchase goods and services from our Site at your own risk.

We reserve the right to modify, reject or cancel your order whenever it becomes necessary. If we cancel your order and have already processed your payment, we will give you a refund equal to the amount you paid. You agree that it is your responsibility to monitor your payment instrument to verify receipt of any refund.

Third Party Goods and Services

Our Site may offer goods and services from third parties. We cannot guarantee the quality or accuracy of goods and services made available by third parties on our Site.


We accept the following payment methods on our Site:

- Credit Card; and

- PayPal.

When you provide us with your payment information, you authorize our use of and access to the payment instrument you have chosen to use. By providing us with your payment information, you authorize us to charge the amount due to this payment instrument.

If we believe your payment has violated any law or these Terms and Conditions, we reserve the right to cancel or reverse your transaction.

Consumer Protection Law

Where any consumer protection legislation in your jurisdiction applies and cannot be excluded, these Terms and Conditions will not limit your legal rights and remedies under that legislation. These Terms and Conditions will be read subject to the mandatory provisions of that legislation. If there is a conflict between these Terms and Conditions and that legislation, the mandatory provisions of the legislation will apply.

Links to Other Websites

Our Site contains links to third party websites or services that we do not own or control. We are not responsible for the content, policies, or practices of any third party website or service linked to on our Site. It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of these third party websites before using these sites.

Limitation of Liability

Ben Leighton and our directors, officers, agents, employees, subsidiaries, and affiliates will not be liable for any actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses including legal fees from your use of the Site.


Except where prohibited by law, by using this Site you indemnify and hold harmless Ben Leighton and our directors, officers, agents, employees, subsidiaries, and affiliates from any actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses including legal fees arising out of your use of our Site or your violation of these Terms and Conditions.

Applicable Law

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of the State of Washington.

Additional Terms

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the basic knowledge to work through your home project without having to re-do work or cost yourself unnecessary time and money. As an inspector, I want you to be able to get through your inspections with the smallest number of corrections possible and finish your project feeling proud and confident in what you accomplished.

My intent is not to overload you with too much information but instead provide a resource where you can go to for trusted information and guidance on proper construction practices.

States, counties, and cities adopt code at different rates and each jurisdiction will amend codes to fit the density and climate conditions of that specific market or area. This makes providing current and exact code references specific to your city virtually impossible. The homeowner, not Building Code Tips, is completely and fully responsible for their property and the work they complete on their own or hire out. Building Code Tips strongly urges owners and contractors to reach out their local building department to confirm required code and/or approved construction

practices in your area. The final decision on building requirements and code guidelines is given by the building official that manages the building department governing your area.

Building Code Tips is available through private consultation to help answer specific questions and will perform mutually-agreed upon research and due diligence where possible and to the best of Building Code Tips’ ability, including but not limited to contacting the local building department in the project’s area/market. The homeowner, not Building Code Tips, is completely and fully responsible for their property and the work that they complete on their own or hire out. Local code requirements will override any general code requirements and the building official for your local area will always have final say.

Building Code Tips cannot and will not and cannot be held at all responsible and/or liable for incorrect code information, code differences, errors made based on advice or guidance given through any and all content Building Code Tips produces. It is the homeowner and/or contractor’s whole, full, sole, and total responsibility if work is completed incorrectly, incompletely, inaccurately regardless if advice was given and followed by Building Code Tips.


If at any time any of the provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions are found to be inconsistent or invalid under applicable laws, those provisions will be deemed void and will be removed from these Terms and Conditions. All other provisions will not be affected by the removal and the rest of these Terms and Conditions will still be considered valid.


These Terms and Conditions may be amended from time to time in order to maintain compliance with the law and to reflect any changes to the way we operate our Site and the way we expect users to behave on our Site. We will notify users by email of changes to these Terms and Conditions or post a notice on our Site.

Contact Details

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our contact details are as follows:




Effective Date: 3rd day of March, 2022


Throughout Building Code Tips courses, referenced code and diagrams developed by the International Code Council (ICC) and The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) were used.

Code books where material was specifically sourced from include:

2012, 2015, 2018 International Residential Code

2012 International Mechanical Code

Code updates to the 2021 International Residential Code

2018 Uniform Plumbing Code

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