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.
Agency rules coordinator
Rule amendments are proposed to implement RCW 77.55.480 in establishing a program that provides a streamlined permitting process so that qualified habitat recovery projects may advance to construction quickly and efficiently.
The department is considering amendments to several recreational fishing regulations including shellfish, gamefish, and forage fish.
The department is proposing amendments to carry forward a long-standing recreational hunting opportunity to address bear management by continuing to use recreational hunting under a spring bear special permit in 2022.
This rule making adopts changes Chapter 220-460 in order to implement amendments to RCW 77.65.615 through ESB 5330 in the 2021 legislative session.
The department is considering rule changes to WAC 220-413-030 Importation and retention of dead nonresident wildlife and WAC 220-413-180 Special closures and firearm restriction areas.
The Department is considering changes to coastal commercial Dungeness crab fishing regulations and experimental gear testing and regulations pertaining to electronic fish ticket reporting for some coastal and Puget Sound commercial fisheries where electronic reporting is not already mandatory.
The department seeks to clarify the requirements for notifying department law enforcement officers about testing commercial fishing gear.
The department is considering changes to recreational clam and oyster harvest season rules and updates to beach designations according to shellfish pest status.
The agency is considering rule making to address changes to the numbers of unspecified commercial crewmember licenses allowed to be held by holders of certain commercial fishing licenses.
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 changes to commercial shellfish rules.
The department is considering a recommendation to classify island marble butterfly as state endangered, threatened, or sensitive (WAC 220-610-010 and WAC 220-200-100).
The department is considering a recommendation to classify Cascade red fox as state endangered, threatened, or sensitive (WAC 220-610-010 and WAC 220-200-100).
The department is considering rule changes related to wolf management in WAC chapter 220-400.
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 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.