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Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation

Chapter 296-46B, WAC

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Electrical Rules (Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation)

The purpose of this proposal is to amend WAC 296-46B-920, Electrical/telecommunications license/certificate types and scope of work. The Department accepted two petitions for rulemaking to modify the scope of work for (02) residential and (04) signs electrician specialties. The proposed rule: - Allows (02) residential specialty electricians to work in multi-family occupancies of buildings of types III, IV or V construction when there are not more than six stories of multifamily dwellings of types III, IV or V construction above grade or above types I or II construction. Under the current rule, (02) residential specialty electricians are limited to installation of non-metallic sheathed cable in multifamily dwellings to three stories above grade. The proposed rule aligns the scope of work for (02) residential specialty electricians with the building code requirements for the installation of non-metallic sheathed cable. Building codes restrict the building construction types where non-metallic sheathed cable can be used to a maximum of six stories. The building code allows a maximum of those six stories to be built above grade (types III, IV or V construction above grade) or above types of construction where non-metallic sheathed cable is not allowed, commonly referred to as pedestal construction (types III, IV or V construction above types I or II construction). - Allows (04) signs specialty electricians to retrofit existing luminaires that are mounted on a pole or other structure with energy efficient technology, such as LEDís. Under the existing rule, (04) signs specialty electrician can service, maintain, or repair these luminaires with like-in-kind components but the rule prohibits alterations such as LED retrofits. This type of alteration work under the existing rule must be performed by electrical contractors and electricians licensed as (01) general, (07) nonresidential specialty, or (07A) nonresidential lighting maintenance and lighting retrofit specialty.805.

1/5/2018

Comments Due

1/3/2018

Public Hearing

11/21/2017

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

8/15/2017

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation (Chapter 296-46B WAC)

This rulemaking adopts new safety code requirements from the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and modifications to the existing electrical rules. The electrical rules are systematically reviewed each code cycle for consistency with national electrical safety standards and industry practice, for rule clarity, housekeeping changes, etc. These amendments: - Adopt the 2017 NEC in the state of Washington; - Adopt modifications to the 2017 NEC safety requirements to eliminate rule conflicts; - Adopt rules for clarity, to improve safety and reflect current processes; - Adopt rules for consistency with statutory requirements; - Adopt proposals requested by stakeholders, such as: - Modified requirements for kitchen peninsula receptacle outlets; - Expanding the qualifications for continuing education instructors; and - Adopting ground-fault testing requirements for large branch circuits. - Adopt rules to formalize existing policies that are standard practice of the department and accepted by the industry; and - Adopt modifications for general housekeeping, grammatical and reference corrections to bring the rules up to date. The changes were adopted 5/30/2017 and became effective on 7/1/2017.779.

7/1/2017

Rule Changes Effective

5/30/2017

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

4/6/2017

Public Hearing

4/6/2017

Comments Due

2/28/2017

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

9/20/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Electrical Fee Increase (Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation)

This rulemaking increases the electrical fees by the fiscal-growth factor rate of 4.32% for fiscal year 2017 (within the allowable fiscal growth rate established by the Office of Financial Management) in Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation. The Electrical Programís budget and projected revenue were evaluated and a fee increase is necessary to support the programís operating expenses and to maintain an acceptable level of services for customers. The changes were adopted 11/22/2016 and became effective on 1/1/2017.770.

1/1/2017

Rule Changes Effective

11/22/2016

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

9/30/2016

Public Hearing

9/30/2016

Comments Due

8/23/2016

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

7/5/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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