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
Agency rules coordinator
Rules.Coordinator@dfw.wa.gov
 

Pending rulemaking

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-17
    The purpose of this rule change is to amend a rule affecting the coastal recreational bottomfish fishery so that it is consistent with regulations adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-19
    The department is considering amending WAC 220-353-050 to add certain bottomfish (also known as “groundfish”) to the list of commercially taken species that are permitted to be possessed, transported through the waters of the state, and landed in the dressed condition.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-16
    The department is amending rules that will perpetuate shellfish resources while maximizing recreational fishing opportunity and protecting public health. The rule amendments will also and help to prevent the spread of a harmful shellfish pest organisms. 

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-13
    The Department is recommending reclassifying the Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened and listing the Cascade Red Fox as endangered.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-14
    The department is considering rulemaking to amend commercial Eulachon fishing rules- WAC 220-358-060 Smelt.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-15
    This revision to the fishing guide logbook rule will improve enforceability and compliance of the rule.

Preproposals

  • Rule Making Reference# P2023-02
    The department is reviewing the status of American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) currently classified as protected shall not be hunted or fished. (WAC 220-200-100 and 220-610-110 ).

  • Rule Making Reference# P2023-01
    The department is considering rulemaking to amend rules to allow mobile license purchases and electronic harvest reporting.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2023-04
    The department is considering amending current Puget Sound commercial salmon fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during the 2023 North of Falcon process.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2023-05
    The department is considering amending current recreational fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during the 2023 North of Falcon process.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2023-03
    The department is considering amending current coastal commercial salmon fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during the 2023 North of Falcon process.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-18
    The Department is considering rule changes for annual hunting regulations.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-08
    The Department is considering rule changes Chapter 220-500 WAC which regulates the use of WDFW lands.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-09
    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.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-10
    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.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2020-12
    The department is considering rule changes to govern the for-profit use of specific wildlife species for dog aversion training.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2020-02
    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.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2020-19
    The department is seeking to amend and clarify rules regarding the collection and retrieval of wildlife parts from public lands. 

  • Rule Making Reference# P2020-21
    The department is considering amendments to WAC 220-440-210; Wildlife management and Wildlife Interactions, Black bear timber depredation permits.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2020-15
    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.

  • Rule Making Reference# 2020-14
    The department is conducting a periodic status review for the gray wolf.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2020-17
    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.