Government Affairs

Protecting and Promoting the American Dream of Homeownership

The Government Affairs team partners with BIAW members to protect and promote the American dream of home ownership for Washington families. Together, we work to pass pro-housing and pro-business legislation and defeat efforts that drive up the cost of buying or remodeling a home.

If you have any questions regarding BIAW Government Affairs, contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh at 360-352-7800 ext. 135.

Hammer with Himebaugh

Weekly video series with Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh



Legislative Priorities

  • Reduce permit timelines and repetitive processes
  • Eliminate repeat planning
  • Invest in the future workforce
  • Limit the fees assessed on new construction to the cost of processing permits.


Find Your Legislator

Washington Affordable Housing Council

BIAW’s political action committee, the Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC) plays an active role in Washington state elections: investing time, energy, and money into promoting pro-business and pro-housing candidates.

Special Reports

BIAW Report

How Permitting Delays Drive Home Prices

BIAW Report

The Real Cost of Zoning: The Invisible Tax

BIAW Report

Housing Supply Shortage 1990s-2020s

NAHB Report

Comparing Costs to Revenue for State/Local Governments

NAHB Report

Income, Jobs and Taxes Generated

Building Codes

BIAW’s building codes and policy manager has a finger on the pulse of the council, helps ensure representation on the TAGs and keeps members and leadership informed of activity that affects the homebuilding industry.

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