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2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) Delayed Until Oct. 28
July 15, 2020

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will delay implementation of the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) and new electrical rules through Oct. 28. Existing electrical rules and the 2017 NEC will remain in effect until that time.

L&I is taking action as a response to customer needs due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In May, L&I adopted changes to the state’s electrical rules that will amend new safety codes, update and clarify existing rules, and make housekeeping and other rule changes. The changes affect “chapter 296-46B WAC Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation.” The new rules were scheduled to take effect on July 1.

On June 30, L&I filed an emergency rule (CR-103E) and CR-103P rulemaking order to delay the implementation of the new safety codes and rules.

You can review the rulemaking documents, including the emergency rule language at https://lni.wa.gov/rulemaking-activity/?query=Electrical or click on the program’s “rule development” page.

Reminder: this delay only refers to the electrical code, which is different than the building codes adopted by the State Building Code Council. All the codes adopted by the SBCC have a delayed implementation date until February 2021.

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