Rule Development

2019 WAC 296-46B Rule Changes

The department is beginning the process of revising Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-46B - Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation rules to align them with new legislation that passed in the recent legislative session as well as to make housekeeping changes, adopt the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) to be effective (tentatively) July 1, 2020, and accept proposals from stakeholders.

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

Any stakeholder in the electrical industry may make proposals for additions and/or revisions to WAC 296-46B. Stakeholder proposals must be received from 12:01 a.m. September 5, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. October 19, 2018. Any proposal received before or after these dates will be rejected. All proposals must be made electronically using the form supplied by the department (available below, submission instructions are on the form).

Proposal Form for 2019 WAC 296-46B Rule Changes (27 KB Word)

The department will appoint a General 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 September 5, 2018 through October 19, 2018. 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.

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.
  • Early December: TAC meeting (exact date and location TBA).
  • January 2019: Electrical Board review and recommendation on proposals.
  • February 2019: File CR 102 - rule filing (opens the official required public comment period).
  • March 2019: Public hearing(s).
  • June 1, 2019: Revised rule becomes effective.


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


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