Seattle Electrical Code Update

Our draft ordinance is currently under departmental review. We have posted our draft legislation on our electrical code web page:

Our draft ordinance must pass a Council vote and then be signed by the Mayor before we will know the effective date of the new Seattle Electrical Code. If we are unable to present the draft Seattle Electrical Code to Council before the budget session begins in October, our new code will not go into effect until 2015. We are making every effort to ensure that the effective date of our code is as close as possible to the effective date of the State Electrical Code (WAC 296-46B).

The date we accept your building permit application determines which edition of the Electrical Code applies to your project. If there is not a building permit associated with your electrical work, then you need to comply with the code in effect when you apply. We will post the effective date of the new Seattle Electrical Code on the web page as soon as the Mayor signs the legislation.