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.

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.

Contact information
Michele Culver
Agency rules coordinator

Pending rule-making

The department is considering proposed rules for these items. The public comment period, scheduled public hearing, and details for how to submit written comments are described in the CR-102 for each item.


The department may develop and consider proposed rules for these items, and welcomes public comment on these proceedings.

  • Fish Passage
    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.
  • Hydraulic code ESHB 1261
    The department is amending Hydraulic code to implement ESHB 1261.
  • Grazing rules
     The department is considering changing its grazing rules for consistency with the Commission's policy.
  • Commercial Whale watching licenses
    Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and the species' decline led to an Executive Order from Governor Inslee to establish the Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force.
  • Black bear timber damage depredation permits.
    The department is considering amendments to WAC 220-440-210; Wildlife management and Wildlife Interactions, Black bear timber depredation permits.
  • Bear season and regulations
    The department is considering rule changes related to bear seasons and regulations.
  • Training program that provides dog training opportunities 
    The Agency frequently calls upon dog handlers to assist during public safety incidents or property depredation from dangerous wildlife. In these cases, the handlers are acting in the capacity of Agents of the State; however, opportunity for handlers to keep dogs trained to be prepared in between calls for service has not been an option in Washington State. This rulemaking will help to ensure that working dogs are available during these calls for service and that the dogs used are trained for quick and skilled action. This program will be monitored and administered through the enforcement program. A limited number of individuals will be selected and approved through extensive background checks and agency requirements.
  • Collection of Wildlife parts
    The department is seeking to amend and clarify rules regarding the collection and retrieval of wildlife parts from public lands. 
  • Hunters with Disabilities
    To create uniformity between the existing rules and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to simplify the accommodation process for hunters with disabilities.
  • Amending and consolidating hearing rules into one chapter under WAC Title 220
    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. To better inform the public and satisfy the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act under RCW chapter 34.05, the department needs to consolidate and clarify its administrative hearing rules into one chapter.
  • Periodic Status Review - Gray Wolf
    The department is conducting a periodic status review for gray wolf.
  • Periodic Status Review: Oregon Vesper Sparrow
    The department is considering a recommendation to classify Oregon Vesper Sparrow to state endangered, threatened, or sensitive.
  • Amend aquaculture regulations in WAC chapter 220-370
    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.
  • Commercial shellfish and shellfish aquaculture rules
    The proposed changes are intended to clarify existing rules based on negotiations with Treaty tribes and WDFW management policy concerning affected species.