Current Rulemaking Activity
Chapters 365-190, 365-196, and 365-191 WAC
Land use planning | Critical areas | Agriculture
Commerce is conducting a rule update following the addition of the Voluntary Stewardship Program to the Growth Management Act in 2011. Rules may be updated to adequately reflect the new requirements and to provide clear guidance to regulate and protect critical areas on land used for agricultural activities. The rulemaking effort includes a review of court cases and best practices in regulating existing and new agricultural activities. An advisory committee will be formed to aide in the rulemaking effort. Stakeholders will have an opportunity to review the draft rule and provide comment and input in the Spring of 2017. To stay informed of the rule development process and to get more information please visit the project website.
Upcoming Rulemaking Activity
Commerce publishes its rulemaking agenda in the Washington State Register twice per year. There may be additional rule-making activity not on the agenda as conditions warrant.
Recently completed Rulemaking
Chapter 194-37 WAC
Energy Independence Act (I-937) rule update
Commerce updated rules governing energy conservation goals for electric utilities.
CONCISE EXPLANATORY STATEMENT (PDF)
FINAL RULES (PDF)
Chapter 194-29 WAC
Practicable use of electricity and biofuels to fuel local government vehicles
Commerce adopted final rules for how local governments are to meet the requirements set forth in RCW 43.19.648 regarding procurement of alternative fuels and vehicles
Chapter 365-65 WAC
Small business retirement marketplace
Commerce adopted final rules for the operation of the Small Business Retirement Marketplace in May 2016:
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