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 2018 RCW 19.28 with this page. Change is due to 2019 legislation - SHB 1594.

Insert page 22.5 – Please insert this page between pages 22 and 23 of your print version of 2018 RCW 19.28. Change is due to 2020 legislation - SSB 6409 which added new section 19.28.265.

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 October 29, 2020.
This printed document is also available for a fee in L&I field offices or by mail.

Replacement page 89 – Please replace page 89 or your print version of 2020 WAC 296-46B with this page. Change is due to rule revisions to WAC 296-46B-940 Reciprocal agreements between Washington and other states.

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: The 2020 National Electrical Code and 2020 WAC 296-46B became effective October 29, 2020

Due to the effects of COVID19 on businesses and consumers, we delayed the effective date of the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) and the recently revised WAC 296-46B until October 29, 2020 through emergency rulemaking with the support of the Electrical Board. This delay allowed businesses additional time to become familiar with the changes in the 2020 NEC while dealing with the effects of COVID19 on their businesses.

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

Rulemaking documents

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

L&I has adopted changes to the state’s electrical rules regarding qualifications for reciprocity with other states. The changes allow Washington to maintain its reciprocal agreement with Oregon for 01 Journey Level electricians. The new rule took effect on Nov. 17.

For more information about the reciprocal agreement and how to apply, see our Electrician certification web page.

Permanent rulemaking documents

2020 WAC 296-46B-995 Electrical Board – Appeal Rights and Hearings

On December 1, 2020, L&I filed a CR-101 to begin the rule making process to consider amending WAC 296-46B-995 in response to a petition for rule making. The petition seeks to clarify, simplify, and make the procedures for appeals to the board easier to understand and navigate, as well as to help reduce confusion for those that appeal decisions to the board.

Watch for more information about this rule making in the coming months.

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