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Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation

Chapter 296-46B, WAC

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

The purpose of this rulemaking is to develop permanent rules for the issuance of temporary permits lieu of certificates of competency for electricians coming from another state as authorized by RCW 19.28.231 and the eligibility of Canadian Red Seal endorsed journeyperson construction electricians to qualify for the Washington journey level electrician competency examination.784.


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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

The purpose of this emergency rulemaking is to adopt emergency rulemaking to issue temporary electrician permits in lieu of certificates of competency to out-of-state electricians as authorized by RCW 19.28.231. Under the emergency rule, electricians who have completed an equivalent state regulated four-year journey level electrical apprenticeship program or possess an equivalent journey level electrician certificate obtained by examination in another state and who can meet the requirements under 19.28.181 are eligible for a temporary permit. The temporary electrician permit is valid for 90 days and is not renewable. A temporary electrician can only work under the permit on jobsites where a general electrical contractor licensed in Washington State has requested and received permission to employ temporary electricians from the departmentís Chief Electrical Inspector. General electrical contractors are required to regularly report the status of temporary electricians and a current copy of the report must be posted at the jobsite and available to the department and any other authority having jurisdiction. The emergency rule also amends language to allow journey level electricians from Canada that have completed at least four years of electrical construction training and have possessed a Red Seal endorsement for one year to become eligible to take the Washington State exam and receive a Certificate of Competency as a journey level electrician. The changes were adopted 11/21/2016 and became effective on 11/21/2016.783.


PDF: Emergency Order Adoption (CR 103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


Rule Changes Effective

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

The Electrical Program is considering amendments to the electrical rules (Chapter 296-46B WAC) following a formal review of the rules and new safety code requirements from the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) (NFPA 70 Ė 2017). The electrical rules are reviewed each code cycle or every 3 years to ensure the rules are consistent with national electrical safety standards, industry practice, to clarify the rules, and for housekeeping changes. The review process provides Washingtonís electrical stakeholders the opportunity to review the new NEC requirements, submit proposals and provide recommendations to the department regarding adoption of specific sections of the 2017 NEC. The proposed rules may include amendments to all sections of Chapter 296-46B WAC, excluding the electrical fees in WAC 296-46B-906, WAC 296-46B-909 and WAC 296-46B-911.779.


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.


Rule Changes Effective


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

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


Public Hearing


Comments Due


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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