Current rule-making activity (Rule-making docket)

We invite you to participate in our rulemaking process. WDFW is actively considering the rule-making proceedings listed below. Chapter 220-111 WAC provides procedures for inspecting or requesting copies of rulemaking files.

You will see rules in various stages of the rule-making process:

  • Pending rule-making” means that we have filed proposed rules with the Washington State Legislature’s Code Reviser’s Office. These links will take you to the documents that include the information, timeline, and contact information for each rule-making.
  • "Preproposals” means that we may develop and file proposed rules on these topics.

See the Rule-making glossary for more information about the terms used here.

Contact information
Annie Szvetecz
Agency rules coordinator

Pending rulemaking

  • The department proposes to add dealer geolocation to the required information provided on an electronic fish receiving ticket. This rule change is needed to support a fishery enforcement feature of the new WA-Tix electronic catch reporting application under development by WDFW.

  • The department is proposing to amend current Puget Sound commercial fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during the 2022 North of Falcon process.

  • The department is proposing amendments to WAC 220-354-250, Willapa Bay salmon fall fishery and WAC 220-354-290, Grays Harbor salmon fall fishery. The proposed rules were developed through the annual North of Falcon salmon season setting process, which began in January 2022, and provide the season schedule for the 2022 fall commercial salmon gillnet fisheries in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor.

  • The department is proposing amendments to the current recreational fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during the 2022 North of Falcon process

  • The proposed amendment would limit the waiver of a license requirement on free fishing weekend to fish that do not require a catch record card.

  • The department is considering rule changes to WAC 220-413-030 which relates to regulating importation of hunted cervids (deer, elk, moose and caribou) from other states or countries.

  • The department is considering rule changes for hunting season regulations for the 2022-2023 game seasons.

  • The department is considering rule changes for the methods of harvest and the restriction regulations required during hunting seasons.

  • The department is considering a rule change to WAC 220-415-100, Cougar hunting seasons and regulations.

  • WDFW proposes to add a new section to Washington Administration Code (WAC) 220-351-Commercial Fisheries-
    Permits/licensing. This rule making proposes to allow four unspecified commercial crewmember licenses instead of the
    current allowance (of two) which can be held by a commercial fishing license holder for specific fishing licenses.

  • The department is proposing amendments to WAC 220-200-100, that would classify the Cascade red fox as “threatened” in the state of Washington and reclassify the white pelican from “threatened” to “sensitive”

  • The department is proposing a new rule section WAC 220-440-260 and amendments to the current WAC 220-440-080.


  • The Department is considering amendments to implement SSB 5273 regarding replacement of marine residential shoreline stabilization or armoring. Rule sections proposed for amendment may include WAC 220-660-030 (Definitions), WAC 220-660-050 (Procedures-Hydraulic project approvals), and WAC 220-660-370 (Bank protection in saltwater areas).

  • The department is considering rule changes to WAC 220-415-080, 2021 Spring black bear special permits, to set season dates and permit numbers for Spring of 2023, as well as potential changes to inspection requirements.

    Amendments would be needed to set season dates and permit numbers in order to offer a 2023 spring black bear season. In addition to providing recreational hunting opportunity, a special permit season could assist the department with addressing specific management needs that include, but are not limited to, tree damage on industrial managed timberlands, human-bear conflict and damage, and harvest distribution.

  • The department is considering amendments to existing rules and establishing new rules associated with program modifications and accessibility permits for hunters and fishers with disabilities. Possible amendments of rules in WAC chapters 220-200, 220-305, 220-413, 220-414 related to persons with a disability, disability designation, and special use permits.

  • The department is considering rule changes that are needed to prevent the spread of disease to bighorn sheep from domestic sheep and goats on department lands.

  • This rule making would expand the types of gears available for commercial harvesting of salmon in the Columbia River and reduce the number of Washington non-treaty commercial licenses participating in the Columbia River gillnet fishery.

  • The department is considering rule changes to govern the for-profit use of specific wildlife species for dog aversion training.

  • The department is considering new rules to implement the Fishway, Flow and Screening statute (RCW 77.57) and ESB 1109, which became effective on May 21, 2019.

  • The department is seeking to amend and clarify rules regarding the collection and retrieval of wildlife parts from public lands. 

  • The department is considering amendments to WAC 220-440-210; Wildlife management and Wildlife Interactions, Black bear timber depredation permits.

  • Currently, the department provides the public certain administrative hearing rights based on agency actions and decisions that are described in numerous rules scattered within WAC Title 220.

  • The department is conducting a periodic status review for the gray wolf.

  • Because of passage of EHB 2957 in the 2018 legislative session, the department needs to amend regulations in WAC chapter 220-370 and make additional changes to these rules.