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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 Electrical Program is considering amendments to WAC 296-46B-920, Electrical/telecommunications/license/certificate types and scope of work. The amendments for consideration will modify the scope of work for Residential (02) and Signs (04) electrician specialties. The Department received a petition for rulemaking on June 2, 2017, to modify the (04) work scope to include energy efficient retrofitting of exterior luminaires that are mounted on a pole or other structure. A second petition for rulemaking was received on August 9, 2017, to modify the Residential (02) specialty to allow electrical work in multi-family occupancies of buildings up to seven stories. The department has accepted these petitions. This rulemaking will review the existing rule for possible modifications to both electrician specialty scopes of work.805.

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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