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Rule Development

2019 WAC 296-46B Rule Changes

We are in the process of updating the Electrical Rules of WAC 296-46B. Recently passed legislation is the main reason we opened the rules for revision. In August 2018, we notified everyone in a Special Edition Electrical Currents newsletter about how they could be involved and help us write the rules. We accepted rule change proposals and asked for volunteers to serve on a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The TAC met with us December 5 in Tacoma and gave us input regarding the department and stakeholder proposals. Based on TAC input and further consideration by the department, we have produced a First Draft of the revised rules (see link below). The First Draft will be reviewed by the Electrical Board and they will give the department advice at their next meeting, Thursday, January 31 in the Orcas Room of the Rhodes Center, 949 Market St., in Tacoma. Later, there will be a public comment period and hearing where everyone will be able to give the department advice about the rules.

For more details about the process, see the August 2018 Special Edition Electrical Currents newsletter (221 KB PDF).

Rulemaking Documents


Here's what happens next:

  • September 4, 2018: File CR 101 - pre-proposal statement of inquiry.
  • September 5 through October 19, 2018: Accept proposals from stakeholders to amend or add to the existing WAC.
  • September 5 through October 19, 2018: Accept applications for TAC.
  • December 5: TAC meeting.
  • January 31, 2019: Electrical Board review and recommendation on proposals.
  • February 2019: File CR 102 - rule filing (opens the official required public comment period).
  • March 2019: Public hearing(s).
  • June 1, 2019: Revised rule becomes effective.


Updates will be published in the monthly Electrical Currents Newsletter.


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