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Rule Development

2017 Electrical Rule Development (2017 NEC Adoption)

The department is considering amendments to the electrical rules based upon an upcoming review of new safety code requirements from the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). The 2017 NEC was published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in August 2016. From October 1 through October 31, 2016, the department will accept proposals for amendments to all sections of Chapter 296-46B WAC, excluding the Fee Schedules of WAC 296-46B-906, 909, and 911. During the month of October, the department will also accept applications for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which will meet to advise the department regarding WAC change proposals. For complete details, see the August 2016 Special Edition Electrical Currents Newsletter.

Microsoft Word document2017 NEC WAC 296-46B Proposal Form (29 KB DOCX)


2016 Electrical Rule Development (Fee Increase Proposal)

The Electrical Program is proposing to increase fees in Chapter 296-46B WAC by the fiscal-growth factor of 4.32% for fiscal year 2017 (OFM's maximum allowable fiscal growth rate). The program's budget and projected revenue indicate a fee increase is necessary to cover the program's operating expenses.

The following are the proposed rule changes:

Public Hearing at Tumwater L&I Office.

September 30, 2016 at 9 a.m.
7273 Linderson Way SW, Room S119
Tumwater, WA 98501

Adobe PDF file Public Hearing Information Packet

The tentative adoption date for the rules is November 22, 2016. The proposed fees would be effective January 1, 2017.


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