Event Details

Electrical Rule - Code Adoption

Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
9 a.m.


Department of Labor & Industries
7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

Olympia-Tumwater, L&I Office Location

To join on your computer or mobile app (Zoom):
Passcode: xZ+m4AFj

To join by phone (audio only):
Meeting ID: 815 2223 2436
Passcode: 50041258

The hearing will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until all oral comments are received.

L&I encourages the submittal of written comments, due by 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2024.


The purpose of this rulemaking is to adopt the 2023 edition of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 70, the National Electrical Code (NEC), and other related codes for electrical. The 2023 NEC (NFPA 70-2023) replaces the 2020 NEC (NFPA 70-2020) adopted standards. L&I’s Electrical Program reviewed Chapter 296-46B WAC, Electrical safety standards, administration, and installation, and adopting the 2023 NEC (NFPA 70-2023) updates the rules for consistency with the latest national safety standards and industry practice. The 2023 edition of the code presents the latest comprehensive regulations for electrical wiring, overcurrent protection, grounding and installation of equipment. The review process included an opportunity for electrical stakeholders and other interested parties to participate in the review of existing rules, submit proposals and provide recommendations for possible rule amendments. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of industry experts and the Electrical Board reviewed the proposals and provided advice on adoption of the rules. This rulemaking adopts the latest safety codes, and other amendments to the rules identified during the formal review process and recommended by stakeholders to improve public safety.