Laws and Rules

The state Legislature makes elevator laws, found in the Revised Code of Washington in Chapter 70.87 RCW. You may also find laws through the RCW search tool.

The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) contains rules that are written by L&I based on the law. Elevator rules are found in Chapter 296-96 WAC.

The State Office of the Code Reviser maintains and updates laws and rules.

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Rule Development

2019-21 Rulemaking

L&I is considering changes to the elevator rules that includes a 5.08% fee increase to support operating expenses for inspections and other program public safety activities.

The changes under consider would also update and clarify existing rules, along with housekeeping and other rule changes. The changes include recommendations from the program’s Technical Advisory Committee and Elevator Safety Advisory Committee. If adopted, the changes would affect Chapter 296-96 WAC Safety Regulations and Fees for All Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators and Other Conveyances.

Rulemaking documents:

Here’s what happens next:

  • October 22, 2020: Preproposal (CR-101) filed with the state’s Office of the Code Reviser.
  • May 18, 2021: Proposed Rules (CR-102) are expected to be filed with the state's Office pf the Code Reviser.
  • July 7 & 8, 2021: Public Hearings on the proposed rules are tentatively scheduled.
  • August 31, 2021: The final rules (CR-103) are expected to be adopted.
  • October 1, 2021: The new rules are expected to take effect.

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