Rule Development

2019 WAC 296-46B Rule Changes

We are in the process of updating the Electrical Rules of WAC 296-46B. Recently passed legislation is the main reason we opened the rules for revision. In August 2018, we notified everyone in a Special Edition Electrical Currents newsletter about how they could be involved and help us write the rules. We accepted rule change proposals and asked for volunteers to serve on a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The proposed rule changes update and clarify existing rules, implement new legislation, adopt the 2020 National Electrical Code (effective July 1, 2020) and 2017 National Electrical Safety Code by reference, and make housekeeping and other changes to the rules. The proposed changes are based on advice received from the TAC and Electrical Board. The proposed rulemaking (CR-102) was filed with the state Code Reviser's office on May 1.

The department is accepting public comments through June 5, 2019. See the Public Hearing Information Packet (linked below) for more information about how to submit comments and for public hearing information, which will be held June 5 in Tumwater.

For more details about the process, see the August 2018 Special Edition Electrical Currents newsletter (221 KB PDF).

Rulemaking documents



  • Sept. 4, 2018: Preproposal (CR 101) filed with the state Code Reviser's Office.
  • Sept. 5 through Oct. 19, 2018: Accept proposals from stakeholders and applications for TAC.
  • Dec. 5, 2018: TAC meeting reviewed proposals.
  • Jan. 31, 2019: Electrical Board reviewed proposals.
  • May 1, 2019: Proposed Rules (CR-102) filed with the state Code Reviser's Office (opens the official required public comment period).
  • June 5, 2019: A public hearing on the proposed rules is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the L&I Tumwater building, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Room S119, Tumwater, Wash.
  • Aug. 23, 2019: The new rules are expected to take effect.

Note: Above dates are tentative. Please check back for updates.

Updates will be published in the monthly Electrical Currents Newsletter.


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