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: 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.
- CR101: Preproposal Statement of Inquiry.
- CR102: Proposed Rule Making (rev. 3-18-2020).
- CR103P: Rulemaking Order (filed 6-30-2020).
- CR103E: Emergency Rule (filed 6-30-2020).
- Emergency Rule Language (effective until 10-29-2020).
- Rule Language (effective 10-29-2020).
- Concise Explanatory Statement.
Updates will be published here and in the monthly Electrical Currents newsletter.
2020 WAC 296-46B-940 Reciprocal Agreements Between Washington and Other States
The department has received a petition for rulemaking and filed an emergency rule amending reciprocity rules in WAC 296-46B-940. Amendments will allow Washington to continue pursuing a reciprocal agreement with Oregon for 01 Journey Level electricians. At the same time, we filed a CR101 to begin the process for adopting these rules permanently.
Watch the Electrical Currents newsletter for updates regarding reciprocity.
- CR103E: Emergency Rule (filed 8-7-2020)
- Emergency Rule Language WAC 296-46B-941
- CR101: Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (filed 8-7-2020)
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|