Electrical Laws & Rules

Current electrical laws (RCW)

Electrical Chapter 19.28 RCW, effective June 2018.
This printed document is also available for a fee in L&I field offices or by mail.
Replacement page 5 - Please replace page 5 of your print version of RCW 19.28 with this page. Change is due to 2019 legislation - SHB 1594.

Chapter 19.28 RCW - Electricians and Electrical Installation official copy formatted in the protocol of the Office of the Code Reviser.

Current electrical rules (WAC)

Electrical WAC Rule 296-46B (F500-142-000) Effective August, 2019.
This printed document is also available for a fee in L&I field offices or by mail.

Chapter 296-46B WAC — Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation official copy formatted in the protocol of the Office of the Code Reviser.

Amusement ride laws and rules

Chapter 67.42 RCW — Amusement rides or structures.
Chapter 296-403A WAC — Amusement rides or structures.

NFPA codes and standards

Visit the website of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for read-only access to the NFPA codes and standards adopted by L&I in Chapter 296-46B-010 WAC.

Rule Development

2020 WAC 296-46B rule changes

Notice: Effective date of 2020 National Electrical Code and 2020 WAC 296-46B has been delayed until October 29, 2020

Due to the effects of COVID19 on businesses and consumers, the effective date of the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) and the recently revised WAC 296-46B has been delayed until October 29, 2020 through emergency rulemaking with the support of the Electrical Board. This delay will allow businesses additional time to become familiar with the changes in the 2020 NEC while dealing with the effects of COVID19 on their businesses. Watch for updates on this web page and in the Electrical Currents newsletter.

For complete details of the 2020 WAC 296-46B revision process, see the October 2019 Electrical Currents Newsletter Special Edition.

Rulemaking documents

Updates will be published here and in the monthly Electrical Currents newsletter.

2020 WAC 296-46B-940 Reciprocal Agreements Between Washington and Other States

L&I has received a petition for rulemaking and filed an emergency rule amending reciprocity rules in WAC 296-46B-940. Amendments allowed Washington to sign a reciprocal agreement with Oregon for 01 Journey Level electricians (for more information about the reciprocal agreement and how to apply, see our Electrician certification web page. At the same time, we filed a CR101 to begin the process for adopting these rules permanently.

On October 6, 2020, L&I filed a CR102 Proposed Rulemaking opening a public comment period. The proposed amendments will:

  • Remove the minimum one-year waiting period for electricians licensed in a reciprocal state to apply for a Washington State reciprocal certificate;
  • Amend the language that excludes individuals from qualifying for a reciprocal certificate if they previously failed the Washington State electrical examination by allowing eligibility two years after failing the examination; and
  • Remove the provision that a person does not qualify for a reciprocal certificate if they were a Washington State resident at the time of examination in a reciprocal state.

You can submit written comments on this proposal by November 10, 2020. Address comments to Alicia Curry, Department of Labor & Industries, Field Services & Public Safety Division, PO Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400; or by email at Alicia.Curry@Lni.wa.gov or fax to 360-902-2020.

A public hearing will be held by telephone on November 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. This is to comply with the Governor’s emergency proclamation restricting the size of gatherings due to COVID-19. We strongly encourage submittal of written comments. To attend the telephonic hearing, call 1-866-715-6499. When prompted for the passcode, enter 9862128073# (pound sign must be entered). The telephonic hearing starts at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until all oral comments are received.

Emergency rulemaking documents
Permanent rulemaking documents

Related Resources

Electrical Inspection Policies

As new policies are approved, they will be posted here. Please check back on a regular basis.

Policy Number Effective Date
none current or pending None as of 10/1/2013