The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offers several ways to participate in and comment on proposed rules.
Submit your comments on WDFW's rule-making activities
WDFW's rule-making activity is governed by state laws, including:
- The Administrative Procedure Act (chapter 34.05 RCW) requires that agencies conduct a process that ensures public involvement opportunities and considers the economic impact of its rules.
- The Regulatory Fairness Act (chapter 19.85 RCW) requires agencies to consider disproportionate impacts of rules on small businesses.
- The State Environmental Policy Act (chapter 197-11 WAC) requires agencies to consider environmental impacts of rules.
Current rule-making activity
See WDFW's current rule-making activities.
Permanent rules adopted by WDFW
These rules have gone through the rule development process and have been adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission or WDFW's Director.
Emergency rule changes
These are critical rule changes that require immediate action and are good for 120 days or less.
Search rule-making activity
Search current, permanent, and emergency rule-making activity from 2020 to the present.
Withdrawn rule making
These rules have either been formally withdrawn or not adopted and filed with the Code Reviser within 180 days of the publication of the rule proposal.
Semi-annual rule-making agenda
Six month calendar of proposed rule-making
North of Falcon Process
Information about meetings, comments, and other background useful to rule making for North of Falcon fisheries.
Columbia River Compact Process
Information about meetings, comments, and other background useful to rule making for Columbia River Compact fisheries.
How to participate
The public is offered opportunities to comment as part of WDFW's rule-making process.
Some phrases and terms commonly used during the rule-making process.
Current rule-making petitions
Read petitions awaiting consideration by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission requesting the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule.
Archived rule-making petitions
These petitions have been decided by either the Fish and Wildlife Commission or WDFW's Director or have been withdrawn by the petitioner.