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

PSR - Oregon Vesper Sparrow

The department is considering a recommendation to classify Oregon vesper sparrow, as state endangered, threatened, or sensitive (WAC 220-610-010 and WAC 220-200-100).

Public Comment Period:

Public Survey: The online public survey is open from December 22,  2020 - January 19, 2021.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VesperSparrow

Written Comments are due by January 19, 2021 
Written comments may be emailed to:  wildthing@dfw.wa.gov 
Or mailed to: WDFW Rules Coordinator 
PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200  

SEPA Comments: Email SEPADesk2@DFW.wa.gov

Public Hearing:

A public hearing will take place January 29, 2021 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. 

Hydraulic code ESHB 1261

The department is amending Hydraulic code to implement ESHB 1261.

Public Comment Period:

Written comments are due by January 30, 2021

Written comments can be emailed to HPARules@dfw.wa.gov

Or mailed to: Theresa Nation 

PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA  98504-3200

Public Hearing:

January 29-30, 2021 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. 

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 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. 

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 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. 

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

2021 North of Falcon - Coastal Commercial Fisheries

Amendments to WDFW’s coastal commercial salmon fishing rules, resulting from North of Falcon recommendations.

Public Comment Period:

TBA

2021 North of Falcon - Recreational Fisheries

The department is considering amending current recreational fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during the North of Falcon process.

Public Comment Period:

TBA

2021 North of Falcon - Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries

The department is considering amending current Puget Sound commercial fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during the North of Falcon process.

Public Comment Period:

TBA

2021 Recreational Clam and Oyster Seasons

The department is considering changes to the recreational clam and oyster harvest season rules.

Public Comment Period:
TBA

Commercial shellfish rules

The department is considering changes to commercial shellfish rules.

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

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.

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.