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: Effective date of 2020 National Electrical Code and 2020 WAC 296-46B has been delayed until October 29, 2020

Due to the effects of COVID19 on businesses and consumers, the effective date of the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) and the recently revised WAC 296-46B has been delayed until October 29, 2020 through emergency rulemaking with the support of the Electrical Board. This delay will allow businesses additional time to become familiar with the changes in the 2020 NEC while dealing with the effects of COVID19 on their businesses. Watch for updates on this web page and in the Electrical Currents newsletter.

For complete details of the 2020 WAC 296-46B revision process, see the October 2019 Electrical Currents Newsletter Special Edition.

Rulemaking documents

Updates will be published here and in the monthly Electrical Currents newsletter.

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