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
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.
- CR101: Preproposal Statement of Inquiry.
- CR102: Proposed Rule Making (rev. 3-18-2020)
- Second Draft (Short version) 2020 WAC 296-46B (rev. 2/24/2020)
- CR102: Proposal Language
- Public Hearing (Telephone conference) Information Packet
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.|
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|