Draft Rules


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2020 rulemaking activities

Active Rulemaking

Public Records Update

Enterprise Services will be conducting expedited rulemaking in order to update administrative and descriptive information about the agency.  In addition, this rulemaking will clarify rules governing fees charged for public records.  These change do not change the effect of the current rules.


Under development

Enforceable restrictions on vehicles parking on the Capitol Campus

Enterprise Services is addressing issues with overnight and extended parking on Deschutes Parkway that are raising concerns about public health, safety and the environment. A rulemaking process is required before the agency can adopt enforceable restrictions on parking.

The agency has filed a formal notice (CR 101) to conduct rulemaking to adopt enforceable restrictions on parking on the Capitol Campus, with a focus on Deschutes Parkway. DES is committed to a robust process that includes stakeholder input and to finding a solution that is sustainable, defensible and fair.

Send feedback

Please send your thoughts 24 / 7 to DES via this online feedback form.

People also may mail feedback to:

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
Rulemaking Coordinator
PO Box 41401
Olympia, WA 98504-1401

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Enterprise Services begins rulemaking

Agency actions related to Deschutes Parkway

Rulemaking notice


Under development

Date Activity
11/06/2019 Start of rulemaking – Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – WSR 19-22-094
filed with the Office of the Code Reviser
11/06/2019 Added to agency rulemaking agenda


Use of the Capitol Campus

The rules governing use of the Capitol Campus were first put in place in 2009. Since that time, the makeup of users and the associated activities occurring on the Campus has changed. Because of this, the current rules governing use of the capitol campus need to be updated in order to address the changing environment of the Capitol Campus. The intent of this rulemaking is to:

  • Expand the scope to include government use of the public areas of the capitol campus;
  • Provide rigor to the permitting process;
  • Address safety and health concerns; and
  • Align content between various WAC chapters governing different aspects of the use of the campus.

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Timeline - Under development

Date Activity
11/06/2019 Rulemaking paused pending completion of rulemaking related to enforceable restrictions on parking
08/01/2018 Start of rulemaking – Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – CR-101 WSR 18-16-118 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser
07/31/2018 Placed on agency rulemaking agenda - WSR 18-16-110

Rulemaking completed in the past 1 year

Parking on the Capitol Campus

This work to clarify, clean-up, and ensure the rules align with existing campus parking policy was separate from the rulemaking on enforceable parking restrictions.

Proposed changes did not introduce new rules or alter current practices.

In July 2015, the Legislature directed the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) to complete an implementation plan to meet a set of recommendations from the 2014 Transportation and Parking Study, through the proviso outlined in 2EHB 1115. Components of the plan include putting in place a clear policy on reserved stalls, increasing visitor parking, shifting reserved parking to general use zoned parking, and establishing compliance tools.

In support of the implementation plan, Enterprise Services first updated the Capitol Campus parking policy in early 2018 and has now updated the Capitol Campus Parking and Traffic rules.

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Rulemaking notice

Rulemaking Docket

Slideshow - Clarification, Cleanup, and Alignment with existing policy

Preliminary discussion rule draft for discussion

Sketch - Considerations for updating WAC 200-200

Invitation to participate in discussions

Notice of proposed rule adoption


Online comment

The public comment period officially ended January 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM.  Feedback and comments received by DES after this point in time was not considered in adopting the rule.


Public hearing

A public hearing was held on Jan. 23, 2020, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the 1500 Jefferson Building, Room 1213, Olympia.

All comments were valued equally and considered, whether submitted online or in person at the hearing.


For a larger view of the timeline, please double-click it.
Timeline of rulemaking activity

Date Activity
03/06/2020 Rules effective.
02/04/2020 Scheduled rule adoption. 

Comments accepted online through the end of the business day on Friday, January 24.


The Official Public Hearing held on Jan. 23, 2020, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the 1500 Jefferson Building, Room 1213, Olympia for anyone interested in providing oral comments.

01/02/2020 WSR 20-01-074 and proposed rule published in the Washington State Register Issue 20-01.
12/18/2019 Start of the official comment period - CR-102 Proposed Rule Making (WSR 20-01-174) and Proposed Rule filed with the Office of the Code Reviser.

Timeline extended in order to provide anyone interested an opportunity to read the final rule draft.

Final draft rule released in advance of filing as Proposed Rule (CR-102) with the Office of the Code Reviser.

10/30/2019 Timeline finalized and the official rulemaking docket updated with anticipated public hearing, adoption and effective dates.
08/01/2018 Start of rulemaking – Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – WSR 18-16-119 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser
07/31/2018 Placed on agency rulemaking agenda - WSR 18-16-110