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 2018 RCW 19.28 with this page. Change is due to 2019 legislation - SHB 1594.
Current electrical rules (WAC)
Replacement page 89 – Please replace page 89 or your print version of 2020 WAC 296-46B with this page. Change is due to rule revisions to WAC 296-46B-940 Reciprocal agreements between Washington and other states.
Amusement ride laws and rules
NFPA codes and standards
2021 Fee Increase
L&I is considering changes to the Electrical rules that would increase fees by 5.79% beginning July 1, 2021. The fee increase is needed to help support operating expenses for inspections and other program public safety activities.
The fee changes would affect:
- Chapter 296-46B-906, Inspection Fees
- Chapter 296-46B-909, Electrical/telecommunications contractor's license, administrator certificate and examination, master electrician certificate and examination, electrician certificate and examination, copy, and miscellaneous fees.
- Chapter 296-46B-911, Electrical testing laboratory and engineer accreditation fees.
Here's what happens next:
Feb. 16: Preproposal (CR-101) filed with the state Code Reviser’s Office.
Apr. 6: Proposed rules (CR-102) expected to be filed with the state Code Reviser’s Office.
May 11: A public hearing on the proposed rules is tentatively scheduled.
May 18: The final rules (CR-103) are expected to be filed with the state Code Reviser’s Office.
July 1: The new rules are expected to take effect.
2020 WAC 296-46B-995 Electrical Board – Appeal Rights and Hearings
On December 1, 2020, L&I filed a CR-101 to begin the rule making process to consider amending WAC 296-46B-995 in response to a petition for rule making. The petition seeks to clarify, simplify, and make the procedures for appeals to the board easier to understand and navigate, as well as to help reduce confusion for those that appeal decisions to the board.
Watch for more information about this rule making in the coming months.
- CR101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (filed 12-1-2020)
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|