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Expedited rulemaking revising WAC 365-135 – Establishing conformance in reallocation dates for the Bond Cap Allocation Program

This rulemaking provides conformance with the provisions of RCW 39.86, which were amended in 2010, to alter release/allocation dates for initial bond cap set-asides from September 1 to July 1. This affects the timing of certain release/reallocation provisions but does not change the overall amount of private activity volume cap. It may assist in maximizing use of volume cap within a specific calendar year.

A CR-105 was filed on May 19, 2021, with proposed revisions to six references in WAC 365-135. No written objections were received and a CR-103 was filed on July 20, 2021, adopting the rule changes. The changes will take effect on August 20, 2021. 

This rulemaking is authorized under RCW 34.05.353(1)(b) and (1)(d), which allows for an expedited process to rule changes that bring WAC provisions into conformance with dates identified in statute. Any questions can be directed to Amber Siefer at amber.siefer@commerce.wa.gov. 

CR-105 (PDF)
CR-103 (PDF)
WAC 365-135 revisions (PDF) Public Inquiries (PDF)

Amending WAC 365-230 Lead-Based Paint

Commerce is updating WAC 365-230, to align Commerce with the EPA’s newly lowered clearance standards for lead-based paint on floors and windows and existing definitions for “landlord” and “property manager.” The proposed rules also amend certain training and certification requirements to reflect programmatic updates and to clarify language for firms and employees.

A CR-101 was filed on March 9, 2021. A CR-102 was filed on July 7, 2021. A public hearing will be held via Zoom at 11 a.m. on September 9, 2021. Written comments must be submitted by September 10, 2021 here. You can contact devin.proctor@commerce.wa.gov with any questions. 

CR-101 (PDF)
CR-102 (PDF)
Proposed WAC 365-230 revisions (PDF)

Updating Growth Management Act administrative rules and guidance for cities and counties 

Commerce is updating administrative rules and guidance to the Growth Management Act (GMA) to bring the rules into conformance with legislative changes and new case law, and to clarify any statutory requirements based on feedback from local governments. This ensures cities and counties planning under the GMA will have the most recent and accurate guidance when undertaking their periodic updates. The purpose of Commerce’s administrative rules is to help with interpretation of the GMA and to provide recommendations to local governments for meeting the requirements.

The subject of possible rulemaking includes:

  • Chapter 365-196 WAC, Procedural Criteria for Adopting Comprehensive Plans and Development Regulations
  • Chapter 365-190 WAC, Minimum Guidelines to Classify Agricultural, Forest and Mineral Lands and Critical Areas
  • Chapter 365-195 WAC, Best Available Science

Commerce is also working with state agency subject matter experts and other external stakeholders to identify any necessary or recommended changes to the existing administrative rules.

A CR-101 was filed on December 29, 2020 with the intent to finalize the rulemaking in summer 2022.

Questions or comments may be submitted to the project manager, William Simpson, at william.simpson@commerce.wa.gov, or by calling 509-280-3602.

You can find additional information on the project webpage: Growth Management Act WAC Update

CR-101 (PDF)

Completed Rulemaking in the past one year

WAC 194-40 – Definitions

Commerce concluded phase three of its Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) rulemaking on renewable resource eligibility and the social cost of green house gas emissions. The department filed a CR-103 for final rule adoption on May 24, 2021, to align Commerce with the Utilities and Transportation Commission’s CETA definitions for “energy assistance need” and “low income.” A virtual public hearing was held on April 28, 2021, which can be viewed here. For more information about CETA, see our CETA webpage.

CR-102 (PDF)                                                                                                                                                                                       CR-103 (PDF)                                                                                                                                                                                  Concise Explanatory Statement (PDF) 

WAC 365-18 – Grievance requirements for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

This rulemaking aligns state rules with federal requirements, to include an opportunity for reconsideration of any decision of the state long-term care ombudsman to grant, refuse, suspend, or remove the designation and certification of an individual long-term care ombudsman or a regional long-term care ombudsman program. A CR-101 was filed on Feb. 19, 2020. A CR-102 was filed on Aug. 18, 2020. The department filed the final rule adoption package on Dec. 29, 2020. The new rule language is effective January 30, 2021.

CR 101 (PDF)
CR 102 Filing Package
Comment Period Extension 
CR 103 Filing Package
Final Adopted Language

WAC 194-50 – Clean Commercial Building Standard

Commerce concluded phase three of its Clean Commercial Building Standard rulemaking (see 2019 House Bill 1257). The department filed a CR-103 for final rule adoption on October 30, 2020. 

CR-102 (WSR 20-17-129 proposed rules)                                                                                                                                              CR-103 (WSR 20-22-059 permanent rules)

WAC 194-24 – Appliance Standards

Commerce concluded phase two of its Appliance Efficiency Standards rulemaking (see 2019 House Bill 1444). The department filed a CR-103 for final rule adoption on October 2, 2020. The effective date for the standards is January 1, 2021. For more information about the standards, see our Appliance Standards webpage

CR-102 (PDF)                                                                                                                                                                                       CR-103 and concise explanatory statement (PDF) 

WAC 365-240 – 1406 Annual Reporting 

Commerce conducted a rulemaking to support The Encouraging Investments in Affordable and Supportive Housing Act. The department filed a CR-103 final rule on April 13, 2020.

For more information about the reporting requirements please contact Emily Grossman at (360) 764-0262 or Emily.Grossman@commerce.wa.gov

CR-101 (PDF)
CR-102 (PDF) and draft language (PDF) filed on December 17, 2019

CR-103 (PDF), final language (PDF) and Concise Explanatory Statement filed on April 13, 

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