How We Do Rulemaking
From start to finish, we are committed to being transparent and involving the public in the rulemaking process.
- Open rulemaking projects: We are actively working on making changes to an existing rule or creating a new rule. We have formally initiated rulemaking by filing notice with the Washington State Code Reviser’s Office.
- Delayed rulemaking projects: We have initiated rulemaking, but the work is on hold. The Board may suspend its work on a rule due to lack of resources, need for more research, prioritization of other projects, legislative action, ongoing litigation, or other reasons.
- Recently withdrawn rulemaking projects: The Board may end work on a rulemaking project due to lack of resources, need for more research, need to restructure the project, prioritization of other projects, legislative action, ongoing litigation, or other reasons. We keep recently withdrawn rulemaking projects on this webpage for 12 months after the date of withdrawal.
Recently adopted rules: The Board has voted to approve the rules, the order of adoption is filed with the Code Reviser, and changes are being implemented.
Recently Adopted Rules
How to Participate
We offer you many ways to participate in our rulemaking process.
- Attend a regularly scheduled Board meeting. Send us your comments ahead of time or share them during the public comment period.
- Submit written comments during rule comment periods.
- Testify at a public hearing on an open rulemaking project.
Add your name to our rulemaking email distribution list, and we’ll send you notices about rulemaking activity, meetings, and other information about our work.
Phases of the Rulemaking Process
There are typically three phases in agency rulemaking: inquiry, proposal, and adoption. The rule development process may take several months to a couple of years to complete, depending on the Board’s resources, complexity of the issue, availability of data or information to complete any required analyses, and public interest in the rule.
The Inquiry Phase (CR-101)
- Stakeholder Engagement
Rule Development, Drafting, and Analysis
The Proposal Phase (CR-102)
- Public Hearing/Comments
Agency Responds to Comments
The Adoption Phase (CR-103)
- Board Votes to Approve Rules
Rules Become Effective
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked rulemaking questions and glossary of commonly used words and phrases.
- WSLCB Current Laws and Rules
- Semi-Annual Rule-Making Agenda July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
- Semi-Annual Rule-Making Agenda January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021
- Search the Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
- Search the Washington Administrative Code (WAC)
Visit the Washington State Register