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.
Current electrical rules (WAC)
Amusement ride laws and rules
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.
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.
- CR101: Preproposal Statement of Inquiry.
- 2020 WAC 296-46B TAC.
- Stakeholder proposals.
- First Draft (Short version) WAC 296-46B (rev. 12/12/2019)
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.|
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|