Rule Development

2016 Emergency Rule - Temporary Electrician Certificates, Canadian Red Seal Electricians

Due to the sharp increase in construction projects in Washington, and shortage of journey level electricians to man the projects, the department with approval of the Electrical Board has filed emergency rule revisions (effective November 21, 2016) which will allow the issuance of temporary permits in lieu of certificates of competency for qualified electricians coming from another state as authorized by RCW 19.28.231. The law does not allow temporary certificates to be issued for specialties. Under the emergency rule, electricians who have completed an equivalent state regulated four-year journey level electrical apprenticeship program or possess an equivalent journey level electrician certificate obtained by examination in another state and can meet the requirements under RCW 19.28.181 are eligible for a temporary 90 day non-renewable temporary permit.

In addition, the emergency rule allows for Canadian Red Seal endorsed journeyperson construction electricians to qualify for the Washington journey level (01) electrician competency examination if they have possessed a Red Seal endorsement for one year.

The temporary rules will be in effect for 120 days. In the meantime, the department will begin the process to adopt permanent rules for these issues with input from stakeholders and the Electrical Board. For more information, see the December 2016 Electrical Currents newsletter.

Following are the proposed rule change documents:

 

2017 Electrical Rule Development (2017 NEC Adoption)

The department is considering amendments to the electrical rules based upon new safety code requirements from the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). The 2017 NEC was published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in August 2016. From October 1 through October 31, 2016, the department accepted proposals for amendments to all sections of Chapter 296-46B WAC, excluding the Fee Schedules of WAC 296-46B-906, 909, and 911. During the month of October, the department also accepted applications for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which will meet to advise the department regarding WAC change proposals. For complete details, see the August 2016 Special Edition Electrical Currents Newsletter.

The TAC meeting will be held on December 14, 2016 in the Orcas Room at the Tacoma Rhodes Center, 949 Market St., Tacoma, WA. The meeting will be open to the public, but participation will be limited to the TAC committee. Public comments will not be taken during the TAC meeting. There will be a public comment period and hearing in the spring of 2017. Watch this web page and the Electrical Currents newsletter for future updates.
Following are the proposed rule change documents:

 

2016 Electrical Rule Development (Fee Increase Proposal)

The Electrical Program has adopted the proposed fee increase fees in Chapter 296-46B WAC by the fiscal-growth factor of 4.32% for fiscal year 2017 (OFM's maximum allowable fiscal growth rate). The program's budget and projected revenue indicate a fee increase is necessary to cover the program's operating expenses. The new fees apply to all permits and other fee items for purchases made beginning 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2017.

The following are the proposed rule change documents:

 

View current electrical rules (app.leg.wa.gov).

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