Electrical Laws & Rules

Current electrical laws (RCW)

Electrical Chapter 19.28 RCW (F500-143-000) Effective June 2018.
This printed document is also available for a fee in L&I field offices or by mail.

Replacement/insert pages due to changes in legislation. Please replace/insert pages below in your print version of 2018 RCW 19.28.

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 October 29, 2020.
This printed document is also available for a fee in L&I field offices or by mail.

Replacement pages due to rule changes. Please replace pages below in your October 29, 2020 print version of WAC 296-46B.

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

2021 WAC 296-46B-995 Electrical Board – Appeal Rights and Hearings

L&I has adopted changes to the electrical rules in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) governing the Electrical Board, appeals to the board, and the appeals process.

L&I accepted a petition for rulemaking for changes to the rules. The petition seeks to clarify, simplify, and make the procedure for appeals to the board easier to understand and navigate. The goal is to reduce confusion for appellants.

This rulemaking adopts amendments requested by the petitioner. This includes modifications to:

  • Procedural requirements for the Electrical Board and Electrical Board meetings;
  • The appeal and hearing requirements for matters to the board; and
  • Rules for general housekeeping, such as punctuation, typographical and reference corrections, formatting, reorganizing and relocating requirements, removal of obsolete language, etc.

The rule changes will affect WAC 296-46B-995, Electrical board – Appeal rights and hearings.

Rulemaking documents
Here's what happens next:
  • March 1, 2022: The final rules (CR-103) were filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser.
  • April 1, 2022: The new rules take effect.

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