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
Ben Power
Agency rules coordinator
Rules.Coordinator@dfw.wa.gov
360-870-6975

Pending rule-making

Spring Bear Seasons

Modifies seasons and permit numbers to provide recreational hunting opportunity in a manner that does not jeopardize bear populations.

Public Comment Period:

Public Survey: The online public survey is open from October 7-29, 2020. http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DKDY6SD

Written Comments are due by November 26, 2020
Written comments may be emailed to:  wildthing@dfw.wa.gov
Or mailed to: WDFW Rules Coordinator
PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200 

Public Hearing:

December 3-5 at 8:00 a.m.

This meeting will take place by webinar. The public may participate in the meeting. Visit the Commission meetings page or contact the Commission office at 360-902-2267 or commission@dfw.wa.gov for instructions on how to join the meeting.

Ocean salmon rules

The department is considering reorganizing the ocean commercial and recreational salmon fishing regulations.

Public Comment Period:

Written Comments are due by October 21, 2020
Written comments may be emailed to: Rules.Coordinator@dfw.wa.gov
Or mailed to: WDFW Rules Coordinator
PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200 

Public Hearing:

October 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
This meeting will take place by webinar and/or conference call. The public may participate in the meeting. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8gcvs9VJSFOkJVlRf_kepg

Grazing rules

Clarifies how the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) manages and implements grazing on lands owned or managed by WDFW. Specifically, grazing must be consistent with WDFW’s mission, management objectives, and strategic plan.

Public Comment Period:

Written Comments are due by October 14, 2020
Written comments may be emailed to rules.coordinator@dfw.wa.gov
Or mailed to :WDFW Rules Coordinator
PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA.  98504-3200

Public Hearing:

October 23-24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
This meeting will take place by webinar. The public may participate in the meeting. Visit our website at  http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/commisssion/meetings or contact the Commission office at (360) 902-2267 or commission@dfw.wa.gov for instructions on how to join the meeting

Target practice on department lands

The department is considering comprehensive statewide target practice rules for all WDFW owned and managed lands.

Public Comment Period:

Written Comments are due by September 23, 2020
Written comments may be emailed to: Rules.Coordinator@dfw.wa.gov
Or mailed to: Wildlife Program
PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200 

Public Hearing:

October 23-24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
This meeting will take place by webinar and/or conference call. The public may participate in the meeting. Visit our website at: https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/commission/meetings or contact the Commission office at 360-902-2267 or commission@dfw.wa.gov for instructions on how to join the meeting.

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.

Public Comment Period:

Written comments are due by December 7, 2020

Written comments may be emailed to: becky.bennett@dfw.wa.gov

Or mailed to: Becky Bennett
PO Box 43200
Olympia, WA  98504

Public Hearing:

A public hearing will take place December 3-5, 2020 8:00 a.m.

This meeting will take place by webinar. The public may participate in the meeting. Visit our website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/commisssion/meetings or contact the Commission office at (360) 902-2267 or commission@dfw.wa.gov for instructions on how to join the meeting.

 

Testing commercial fishing gear

The department seeks to clarify the requirements for notifying department law enforcement officers about testing commercial fishing gear.

Public Comment Period: CLOSED

Preproposals

Periodic Status Review

The department is conducting periodic status reviews for species currently listed as sensitive, threated, or endangered.  

Wolf management

The department is considering rule changes related to wolf management in WAC chapter 220-400.

Public Comment Period: TBD

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.

Public Comment Period: TBD

Hydraulic code ESHB 1261

The department is amending Hydraulic code to implement ESHB 1261.

Public Comment Period: TBD

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.

Public Comment Period: TBD

Collection of wildlife parts

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

Public Comment Period: TBD

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.

Public Comment Period: TBD

Bear season and regulations

The department is considering rule changes related to bear seasons and regulations.

Public Comment Period: TBD

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.

Public Comment Period: TBD

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.