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
Annie Szvetecz
Agency rules coordinator

Pending rulemaking

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-11
    The Department is considering a proposed change that would open a previously closed section of Chelan River by allowing catch-and-release fishing only, using only barbless hooks with no bait.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-12
    The Department proposes to amend WAC 220-660-370 Bank Protection. The agency’s purpose for this rule amendment is to implement Substitute Senate Bill 5273 (SSB 5273), passed by the legislature in 2021.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2021-07
    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.

  • Rule Making Reference# P2020-05
    The department is proposing amendments to WAC 220-200-100, that would classify the Cascade red fox as “threatened” in the state of Washington and reclassify the white pelican from “threatened” to “sensitive”


  • Rule Making Reference# P2022-13
    The department is reviewing the status of the Columbian white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus leucurus) currently listed as endangered (WAC 220-610-010).

  • 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# P2022-14
    The department is considering rulemaking to amend commercial Eulachon fishing regulations.

  • Rule Making Reference# 2022-15
    The department is considering rulemaking to amend rules regarding reporting requirements for freshwater game fish guides, food fish guides and combination game fish and food fish guides.

  • 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# P2021-11
    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.

  • 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.