Electrical laws & rules

Current electrical laws (RCW)

Electrical Chapter 19.28 RCW, effective June 2018
This printed document is also available for a fee in L&I field offices or by mail.
Replacement page 5 - Please replace page 5 of your print version of RCW 19.28 with this page. Change is due to 2019 legislation - SHB 1594.

Chapter 19.28 RCW - Electricians and Electrical Installation official copy formatted in the protocol of the Office of the Code Reviser.

Current electrical rules (WAC)

Electrical WAC Rule 296-46B (F500-142-000) Effective August, 2019
This printed document is also available for a fee in L&I field offices or by mail.

Chapter 296-46B WAC — Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation official copy formatted in the protocol of the Office of the Code Reviser.

Amusement ride laws and rules

Chapter 67.42 RCW — Amusement rides or structures.
Chapter 296-403A WAC — Amusement rides or structures.

NFPA codes and standards

Visit the website of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for read-only access to the NFPA codes and standards adopted by L&I.

Rule Development

2020 WAC 296-46B rule changes

We have begun the process of revising Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-46B to allow stakeholders to propose amendments to the 2020 National Electrical Code which is adopted and will be effective in Washington on July 1, 2020. Other proposals will be considered as well.

For complete details, see the October 2019 Electrical Currents Newsletter Special Edition.

The period to submit proposals was open from October 10, 2019 through November 15, 2019. We received 21 proposals from stakeholders. In addition, L&I is proposing changes to WAC 296-46B.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met December 11, 2019 in Tacoma and advised L&I regarding proposals. L&I has now compiled a first draft of WAC 296-46B to present to the Electrical Board at their January 30, 2020 meeting in Tumwater. At that time the board will advise L&I regarding the first draft.

Rulemaking documents

Additional rulemaking documents will be posted here as they become available. Updates will be published in the monthly Electrical Currents newsletter.

Here's an anticipated timeline of events:
October 1, 2019 File CR 101 - pre-proposal statement of inquiry.
October 10, 2019 through November 15, 2019 Accept proposals and applications for the TAC from stakeholders.
December 11, 2019 TAC meeting - Tacoma Rhodes Center.
January 30, 2020 Electrical Board review and recommendation on proposals.
February, 2020 File CR 102 - rule filing (opens the official required public comment period).
March, 2020 Public hearing(s).
July 1, 2020 Revised rule becomes effective.

Related Resources

Electrical Inspection Policies

As new policies are approved, they will be posted here. Please check back on a regular basis.

Policy Number Effective Date
none current or pending None as of 10/1/2013