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Rule Development

2014 Electrical Rule Development

The department is considering amendments to the electrical rules based upon 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. The first step in the process is the filing of a CR-101 which conveys the department's intent to explore changes to existing electrical rules as follows:

9-24-2013 Word Document Preproposal (CR-101)

From October 1 through October 31, 2013, the department accepted rule proposals. External stakeholder and internal department proposals have been compiled and included below.

Adobe Acrobat PDF Document 2014 WAC External Stakeholder Proposals (3.59 MB PDF)

Adobe Acrobat PDF Document 2014 WAC Internal Department Proposals (1.87 MB PDF)

On December 19, 2013, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) fairly comprised of 32 industry stakeholders met to review all rule proposals and provide advice to the department.

On January 30, 2014, during their regular meeting, the Electrical Board reviewed the rule changes recommended by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and advised the department to move forward in the rulemaking process with proposed rules as compiled below.

Adobe Acrobat PDF Document 2014 Proposed WAC 296-46B Rulemaking. (1.89 MB PDF)

On March 4, 2014 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (CR-102) was filed. The purpose of this notice is to inform everyone that L&I is proposing changes to the electrical rules, WAC 296-46B. Below is the text of the proposed rule, the CR-102 filing and information regarding how to submit public comment on the proposed rules.

Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Proposed Rules (270 KB PDF)

Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Proposed Rulemaking CR-102 (93 KB PDF)

Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Public Comment Information Packet (21 KB PDF)

On April 10, 2014, a public hearing was held. None of those in attendance provided testimony. Anyone who submitted written comments has received a response.

On May 20, 2014 the proposed rules were adopted.

Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103) (277 KB PDF)

Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Adopted Rule language (278 KB PDF)

The adoption date for the rules is May 20, 2014. The rules become effective on July 1, 2014.

For questions call: 360-902-5259

2013 Electrical Rule Development

Expansion of Maintenance Specialty to Include Installation of Temporary Load Test Equipment and Cabling.

On May 21, 1013, the department filed a CR 101 pre-proposal statement of inquiry with the Office of the Code Reviser in anticipation of a rule change proposal from the generator maintenance industry to expand the allowed work scope of 07 nonresidential maintenance specialty electricians.

During their July 25, 2013 regular meeting, the Electrical Board reviewed the external stakeholder rule change proposal and advised the department to move forward in the rulemaking process.

On October 14, 2013, a public hearing was held, only supportive testimony was received. The proposed rule becomes effective on December 15, 2013 as follows:

11-4-2013

PDF Document Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103) (116 KB PDF)

PDF Document Adopted Rule language (27 KB PDF)

10-14-2013 Public Hearing
10-14-2013 Comments Due
9-3-2013

PDF Document Proposed Rule-Making (CR-102) (59 KB PDF)

PDF Document Proposed Rule Language (27 KB PDF)

5-21-2013 PDF Document Preproposal (CR-101) (21 KB PDF)

 

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

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