Temporary Worker Housing (TWH) Rulemaking


The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in conjunction with the Department of Health (DOH) filed a CR-103P (Permanent Rulemaking) adopting amendments to chapter 296-307 WAC, Temporary Worker Housing (TWH) to protect occupants from the spread of communicable diseases in licensed temporary worker housing.

See all the rulemaking activity for Temporary Worker Housing on our L&I Rulemaking page.

Learn more about our rulemaking process and terminology.


RCW 70.114A.065 directs the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to adopt joint rules for the licensing, operation and inspection of temporary worker housing (TWH).

In April 2020, DOH and L&I received a petition for rulemaking requesting immediate rule amendments to further protect occupants in TWH and cherry harvest camps. In response to the petition, DOH in conjunction with L&I adopted emergency rules to protect occupants from COVID-19 hazards in licensed TWH. The last emergency rule expired January 14, 2023.

Throughout the duration of the emergency, DOH and L&I continued to review new information, data, and science as it became available.

DOH and L&I have assessed the emergency rule requirements, along with input from interested parties. The adopted amendments address prevention of future outbreaks and the spread of any airborne infectious disease.

Meetings & Timeline

A CR-103P (Permanent Rulemaking) was filed on September 19, 2023. The rule becomes effective November 1, 2023.

Permanent Rule Timeline
Action Item Date
Permanent Rule Language DRAFT April 12, 2023 (Comments Due)
Permanent Rule Language DRAFT-Spanish April 12, 2023 (Comments Due)
Proposed Language May 3, 2023
Proposed Language - Spanish May 3, 2023
Permanent Rule Language September 19, 2023
Permanent Rule Language - Spanish September 19, 2023
Emergency Rule Timeline
Action Item Date
First Emergency Rule May 13, 2020
Second Emergency Rule September 10, 2020
CR-101 (Preproposal Statement of Inquiry) for permanent rulemaking September 10, 2020
Third Emergency Rule January 8, 2021
Fourth Emergency Rule May 7, 2021
Fifth Emergency Rule May 28, 2021
Sixth Emergency Rule September 24, 2021
Seventh Emergency Rule January 21, 2022
Eighth Emergency Rule May 20, 2022
Ninth Emergency Rule September 16, 2022

Upcoming Meetings

No meetings are currently scheduled, please check back for updates.

Previous Meetings & Summaries

June 20-28, 2023 Public Hearing materials

Rule Drafts & Documents

Permanent rule filing September 19, 2023

Proposed & expired emergency rules

Rule Drafts

Stakeholder Feedback

The following documents have been compiled regarding the Temporary Worker Housing emergency rules and the proposed permanent rulemaking:

Staff Contacts:

For rulemaking questions, please contact:
Carmyn.Shute@Lni.wa.gov or 360-870-4525

For technical questions, please contact:
Douglas.Hartfield@lni.wa.gov or 360-770-5724

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