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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 produced a First Draft of the revised rules which was reviewed by the Electrical Board at their meeting, Thursday, January 31 in Tacoma. Based on their advice, the department produced a Second Draft of the revised rules (see link below). A public comment period will open shortly, and a hearing where everyone will be able to give the department advice about the rules. Watch for updates here and in the April Electrical Currents newsletter for exact dates and locations.

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.
  • April, 2019: File CR 102 - rule filing (opens the official required public comment period).
  • May, 2019: Public hearing(s).
  • July 1, 2019: Revised rule becomes effective.

Note: Above dates are tentative. Please check back for updates.

Updates will be published in the monthly Electrical Currents Newsletter.


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