Rules Under Development

Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation

Chapter 296-46B, WAC

All updates for this rule:

Electrical Rules

The department is considering amendments to the electrical rules based upon an upcoming review of new safety code requirements from the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). The 2014 NEC was adopted by the department on March 1, 2013, to replace the current 2008 NEC standards and will become effective on July 1, 2014. The proposed changes may include amendments to all sections of Chapter 296-46B WAC, excluding the Scope of Work requirements in WAC 296-46B-920.689.

4/10/2014

Comments Due

4/10/2014

Public Hearing

3/4/2014

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

9/24/2013

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Electrical Safety Standards

The purpose of this rule adoption is to amend language in WAC 296-46B-920, pertaining to scope of work requirements for load bank testing and preventative maintenance. This rule adoption will amend the 07-scope of work requirements for electrical licensing to allow 07-level nonresidential maintenance specialty contractors and electricians the ability to perform installation and connections of temporary electrical conductors and equipment for the purpose of load testing. Currently, the rule requires this type of work to be performed by a 01-general electrical contractor, using 01-general journey level electricians.682.

11/4/2013

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

10/14/2013

Public Hearing

10/14/2013

Comments Due

9/3/2013

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

5/21/2013

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Electrical Rule Review

L&I has reviewed the electrical rules to ensure they are consistent with the national consensus standards and industry practice. It is critical the Electrical Program conducts rulemaking to adopt the 2014 national electrical consensus standards, such as the National Electrical Code and current versions of the National Electrical Safety Code, national telecommunications standards, railroad standards, emergency power standards, and fire pump standards, so that Washington is current with other states. The changes were adopted 1/22/2013 and became effective on 3/1/2013.661.

3/1/2013

Rule Changes Effective

1/22/2013

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

12/10/2012

Public Hearing

12/10/2012

Comments Due

10/23/2012

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

7/31/2012

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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