Boiler laws and rules

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Rule Development

2017 Boiler Rule Development

The Board of Boiler Rules and L&I’s Boiler Program proposes amendments to sections in Chapter 296-104 of the Washington Administrative Code. The amendments update and clarify the rules, besides making technical changes. The boiler rules are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they are consistent with national boiler and unfired pressure vessel safety standards and industry practice, for rule clarity, housekeeping, etc.


The following are the rule change documents:


The following are the draft rule change documents:

What happens next?

  • A formal public hearing with the Boiler Board for any rule change is set for Nov. 15, 2017, at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place at the L&I Tacoma Office, 950 Broadway Suite 200 Tacoma.
  • If adopted, the rules would become effective Jan. 31, 2018.


2017 Boiler Rule Development (Fee Increase Proposal)

The Board of Boiler Rules is increasing fees by the fiscal-growth factor of 4.16 percent for fiscal year 2018. The increase is the maximum allowable for the Boiler Program. The state Office of Financial Management evaluated the program’s budget and projected revenue and determined a fee increase is necessary to cover the program’s operating expenses.

The schedule for this rulemaking is as follows:

February 2017

Preproposal (CR-101)

April 2017

Proposed Rule-Making (CR-102)

Nov 15, 2017

Public Hearing at L&I Tacoma Office

Adobe PDF file Information Packet (81 KB PDF)

June 2017

Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

Adobe PDF file Final Rule Language (340 KB PDF)

The effective date of the rules is January 31, 2018.



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