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Rule Development

2017 Emergency Rule - Temporary Limited Category 03 license

The Elevator Program of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is performing emergency rulemaking to issue a temporary, limited, Category 03 elevator mechanic license that is restricted to work performed only on hand-powered manlifts in grain terminals.

The temporary rules will be in effect for up to120 days.

L&I will begin the process to adopt permanent rules with input from stakeholders.

The following are documents on the emergency rule:

2017 Elevator Rules (Licensing)

The Elevator Program is considering adopting rules for temporary, limited Category 03 - elevator mechanic licenses and reviewing the existing rule requirements for all licensing categories.

The following are the rulemaking documents:


The state Legislature approves elevator laws, located in Chapter 70.87 of the Revised Code of Washington. The State Office of the Code Reviser maintains and updates the files.

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With public input, the Elevator Program establishes rules that are located in Chapter 296-96 of the Washington Administrative Code and here is a print-ready version. The State Office of the Code Reviser maintains and updates the files.

Get an overview of the L&I rulemaking process. A glossary of terms can help in understanding the rulemaking/code adoption process.


The Elevator Program designs policies that further describe program rules. The following is a list of policies:

Other Resources

Get information on rule development across the agency or find a law or rule for other L&I programs.

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