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 in Chapter 296-46B-010 WAC.

Rule Development

2020 WAC 296-46B rule changes

Notice: Public hearing has been changed to conference call (see below)

The process of revising Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-46B is underway. For complete details of the process, 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. We also received advice from the Electrical Board at their January 30, 2020 meeting in Tumwater. After consideration of this advice, the director signed the CR-102 Proposed Rule Making document which gives details of the proposals and opens the public comment period. We have compiled all of the proposals moving forward in a Second Draft of WAC 296-46B.

We will hold a public hearing by conference call April 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. To join the call and provide oral testimony, regarding the proposed rule, you may call 1-866-715-6499. When prompted for the passcode, enter 9862128073 followed by the pound sign (#). Anyone may submit written comments on the proposed amendments. We strongly encourage submittal of written comments. Send written comments to Alicia Curry at: Alicia Curry, Department of Labor & Industries, Field Services & Public Safety Division, P.O. Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400; or Alicia.Curry@Lni.wa.gov; or by fax to 360-902-5292.

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.
March 3, 2020 File CR 102 - rule filing (opens the official required public comment period).
April 9, 2020 Public hearing(s).
April 30, 2020 Electrical Board meeting - Spokane
May 19, 2020 Intended adoption date - (This is NOT effective date)
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