Federal statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, Over the Air Reception Devices Rule, Freedom to Display the American Flag Act, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act  and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act all directly impact common interest community (CIC) governance.

Many of the aforementioned federal statutes have been passed and/or been updated in the past two decades and often supersede state statutes.

State CIC and nonprofit corporation statutes define the fundamental governance framework that allows for the existence of common interest communities.  Additional state statues govern specific property rights, collections and other bits and pieces that add to the pile. 

Earlier WA State CIC statutes (RCW 64.32 and RCW 64.38) are relatively lean compared to the 1990 Condominium Act (RCW 64.34) and the 2018 Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (WUCIOA - RCW 64.90).  In addition to these statutes, the WA Nonprofit Corporation Act (RCW 24.03A) plays a role (for incorporated associations) in addition certain other state laws.

EXAMPLES: What's in my State Statues?

County and city ordinances and municipal codes are relatively narrow with regard to applicability to common interest communities, but their relevance should not be underestimated.

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, some counties like King located in WA State, took measures above and beyond state mandates for prophylactic measures (face covering requirements and more).  More generally, county and city ordinances govern aspects of modern life that we sometimes take for granted.

EXAMPLES: What's in my County and City Ordinances and Municipal Codes?

Statutory & Governing Documents Hierarchy.pdf



Recent Washington State LEGISLATION

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Concerning electric vehicle charging stations in common interest communities 

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Concerning nonprofit corporations.  [SECTION 5204 became effective July 1, 2022.]  CHANGE SUMMARY

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Addressing foreclosure protections for homeowners in common interest communities.

Although not applicable to all types of common interest communities, this bill could establish a precedent directly impacting the ability to evict tenants unless there are four or more violations committed in a twelve month period.

While 99% of the WUCIOA statute applies only to communities formed after July 1, 2018 and to those that adopt it, RCW 64.90.525 (Budgets and Assessments) and RCW 64.90.545 (Reserve Study) retroactively apply to ALL Washington State CICs.  

N.B.  Failure to observe these requirements jeopardizes your annual budget ratification process!

WA State Statutes Infographic