Electrical Laws & Rules
Current electrical laws (RCW)
Replacement/insert pages due to changes in legislation. Please replace/insert pages below in your print version of 2018 RCW 19.28.
- Replacement page 5 — Change is due to 2019 legislation - SHB 1594.
- Replacement page 7 — Change is due to 2020 plumbing legislation - SB 6170
- Replacement page 9 — Change is due to 2020 plumbing legislation - SB 6170
- Replacement page 16 — Change is due to 2020 plumbing legislation - SB 6170
- Replacement page 18 — Change is due to 2020 plumbing legislation - SB 6170
- Replacement page 22 — Change is due to 2021 legislation - SSB 5267.
- Insert page 22.5 — Please insert this page between pages 22 and 23. Change is due to 2020 legislation - SSB 6409 which added new section 19.28.265.
- Replacement page 27 — Change is due to 2021 legislation - SSB 5267
Current electrical rules (WAC)
Replacement pages due to rule changes. Please replace pages below in your October 29, 2020 print version of WAC 296-46B.
- Replacement fee schedule pages (Effective July 1, 2021) — Changes reflect 5.79% fee increase.
- Replacement page 89 — Change is due to rule revisions of WAC 296-46B-940 Reciprocal agreements between Washington and other states.
Amusement ride laws and rules
NFPA codes and standards
L&I filed a Proposed Rule Making (CR-102) on Nov. 22 that would provide more opportunities to qualify for the journey level (EL01) examination.
The new law, implemented under Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 6126, provides L&I the opportunity to engage in rulemaking. L&I’s intent is to use the discretion provided by the law to continue to help the electrical industry while implementing the bill. Below is an overview of the changes, how you can participate, and where to go to see a complete text of the proposed rule change.
An important note:
These changes do not apply to specialty electrical contractors or the trainees they employ. Also unchanged is the process for trainees to submit hours of experience to the Electrical Program’s licensing division.
Overview of proposed changes
The proposed changes would allow journey-level candidates to take the 01 exam based on a “good cause” exemption available under law. The exemption would be in effect through July 1, 2025. The proposed rule, in part, would recognize:
- State-licensed electricians from other jurisdictions that require 8,000 hours of experience (4,000 hours must be new commercial or industrial installations) as journey level electricians;
- Individuals with military experience from a construction battalion while in the U.S. military, or those from other jurisdictions with 16,000 hours working in the electrical trade (4,000 hours must be commercial or industrial installations), to qualify for the 01 journey level electrician examination.
- Individuals with 4,000 hours performing industrial or commercial installations accrued prior to July 1, 2023. The individual can continue accruing remaining specialty experience and qualify for the journey level electrician examination without joining an apprenticeship program.
This rulemaking also proposes other changes to the rule for updates and housekeeping.
How to participate
Public comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through the end of the business day, Jan. 4, 2023.
A public hearing on the proposed rule is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2023, at 9 a.m. The public hearing will be a “hybrid” event, that is, people can attend in person, by telephone, or Zoom.
The public hearing will take place at the L&I headquarters building, 7273 Linderson Way S.W., Tumwater.
You can also join by either:
Click here to join the meeting:
Meeting ID: 879 5130 2240
You can provide testimony or written comments at the above hearing, or send written comments by 5 p.m. on January 4, 2023, to:
- Alicia Curry
- Email: Alicia.Curry@Lni.wa.gov
- Department of Labor & Industries, Field Services & Public Safety Division, PO Box
- 4400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400
- Fax: 360-902-5292
- CR-101 Preproposal
- CR-102 Proposed Rulemaking
Here's what happens next
January 4: A public hearing on the proposed rule is scheduled for 9 a.m.
January 31: The final rule (CR-103) is expected to be filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser.
July 1: The new rule is expected to take effect.
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|