Rule Development

2020 WAC 296-46B Rule Changes

We are beginning the process of revising Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-46B to allow stakeholders to propose amendments to the 2020 National Electrical Code which is adopted and will be effective in Washington on July 1, 2020.

For complete details, see the October 2019 Special Edition Electrical Currents newsletter.

Any stakeholder may make proposals for additions and/or revisions to WAC 296-46B. Stakeholder proposals must be received from 12:01 a.m. October 10, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. November 15, 2019. All proposals must be made electronically using the form supplied by the department (available at the link below, submission instructions on the form).

Proposal Form for 2020 WAC 296-46B Rule Changes

The department will appoint a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) made up of experts and interest group representatives from the electrical industry to review and make recommendations on proposals. Persons interested in becoming TAC members must submit a letter of interest for specific positions to the Chief Electrical Inspector by email to, to be received from October 10 2019 through November 15, 2019. The letter should state the position applied for and show constituency support for the prospective member. Include an email address and daytime phone number for the applicant. All applications will be evaluated to determine that the applicant meets the requirements for the position as detailed in the October 2019 Special Edition Electrical Currents newsletter.

Here's what happens next:

  • October 1, 2019 - File CR 101 - pre-proposal statement of inquiry.
  • October 10, 2019 through November 15, 2019 - Accept proposals and applications for the TAC from stakeholders.
  • December, 2019 - TAC meeting (exact date and location to be announced)
  • January 30, 2020 - Electrical Board review and recommendation on proposals
  • February 18, 2020 - File CR102 - rule filing (opens the official required public comment period).
  • March 2020 - Public hearing(s)
  • May 19, 2020 - File CR 103 - final rules are expected to be adopted
  • July 1, 2020 - Revised rule becomes effective.

Rulemaking documents will be posted here as they become available. Updates will be published in the monthly Electrical Currents newsletter.

2019 Emergency Rule

Temporary Electrician Permits and Reciprocal Agreements

L&I has filed an emergency rule to issue temporary electrician permits in lieu of certificates of competency for electricians coming to work in Washington State from another state and establish rules for reciprocal agreements. No reciprocal agreements are in place at this time.

The emergency rule — WAC 296-46B-939 — is in effect for 120 days. The agency is moving to respond to our customers' need for electricians as allowed by RCW 19.28.231 while not diminishing the safety of electrical installations.

For more information or to apply, contact L&I's Electrical Program at 360-902-5249 or

The following are the rulemaking documents:


2019 WAC 296-46B Rule Changes

We have adopted changes to the Electrical Rules of WAC 296-46B which will become effective August 23, 2019. 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 proposed rule changes update and clarify existing rules, implement new legislation, adopt the 2020 National Electrical Code (effective July 1, 2020) and 2017 National Electrical Safety Code by reference, and make housekeeping and other changes to the rules including provisions to allow electrical certificate of competency reciprocity agreements with other states. The proposed changes are based on advice received from the TAC and Electrical Board.

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

Rulemaking documents


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