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Rule Updates

Rules Under Development

Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation

Chapter 296-46B, WAC

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Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation (Chapter 296-46B WAC)

The Electrical Program is considering amendments to the electrical rules (Chapter 296-46B WAC) following a formal review of the rules and new safety code requirements from the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) (NFPA 70 2017). The electrical rules are reviewed each code cycle or every 3 years to ensure the rules are consistent with national electrical safety standards, industry practice, to clarify the rules, and for housekeeping changes. The review process provides Washingtons electrical stakeholders the opportunity to review the new NEC requirements, submit proposals and provide recommendations to the department regarding adoption of specific sections of the 2017 NEC. The proposed rules may include amendments to all sections of Chapter 296-46B WAC, excluding the electrical fees in WAC 296-46B-906, WAC 296-46B-909 and WAC 296-46B-911.779.


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Electrical Fee Increase (Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to propose amendments to Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation to increase fees by the fiscal-growth factor of 4.32% for fiscal year 2017 (within the allowable fiscal growth rate established by the Office of Financial Management). The Electrical Programs budget and projected revenue were evaluated and the fee increase is necessary to support the programs operating expenses and to maintain services for customers. For more information on this rulemaking, visit the L&I web site at: Interested parties can sign up for e-mail updates at:


Public Hearing


Comments Due


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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