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Gambling Laws

State Laws concerning gambling can be found under Chapter 9.46 RCW.

Gambling Rules

State rules concerning gambling can be found under Title 230 WAC.

Request a Rule Change

Agency staff review all proposed rule changes before they are discussed by the commissioners. Staff prepares a rule summary, which includes a history of the rule, previous changes made to the rule, and resource/regulatory impacts the change could have.

Want to request a rule change? Use our online request a rule change form

Comment on Proposed Rules

The Commission occasionally seeks public comments on various topics, including proposed rule changes.

Visit our 'Request for Public Comment' page to view current topics and submit your comments.

Recent Rule Revisions

Effective on or after November 18, 2021
Petition for Change from Public
Electronic Raffle Rules
Effective on or after October 10, 2021
Petition for Rule Change from Staff
Effective Dates
 
Effective on or after August 30, 2021
Petition for Change from Staff
Sports Wagering Rules
Effective on or after June 14, 2021
Petition for Change from Staff
Updated Card Game Rules
Effective on or after April 15, 2021
Petition for Change from Staff
Repeal of Definitions
Effective on or after March 29, 2021
Petition for Change from Staff
Sports Wagering Pre-Licensing Investigation

 

Effective on or after March 19, 2021
Petition for Change from Staff
Raffles
Effective on or after February 19, 2021
Petition for Change from Public
Increasing Pull-tab Prize Limits
Effective on or after February 19, 2021
Petition for Change from Staff
Defining "scientific."
WAC 230-03-133
Effective on or after August 21, 2020
Petition for Change from Staff
Costs of Providing Public Records
Concise Explanatory Statement
WAC 230-21-016
Effective on or after June 14, 2020
Petition for Change from Staff
Quarterly License Reporting Dates
Concise Explanatory Statement

 

WAC 230-05-124

Effective on or after April 23, 2020
Petition for Change from Staff
Fee simplification -- amendments
Concise Explanatory Statement
Effective on or after April 23, 2020
Petition for Change from Staff
Fee simplification -- repeals
Concise Explanatory Statement
Effective February 24, 2020
Petition for Change from Staff
Clarification of license fees for raffles -- credit unions
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-05-160

Effective February 24, 2020
Petition for Change from Staff
Clarification of rules regarding Commission's public meetings
Concise Explanatory Statement
Effective December 19, 2019
Petition for Change from Staff
Credit union raffle rules
Concise Explanatory Statement
Effective August 15, 2019
Petition for Change from Public
Card shuffling devices connecting to a secure cellular network for billing purposes
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-16-152

Effective August 15, 2019
Petition for Change from Public
Licensed distributors providing training and licensing assistance to new and existing punch board and/or pull-tab operators
Concise Explanatory Statement
Effective June 10, 2019
Petition for Change from Staff
Transporting, displaying, and selling gambling equipment at trade shows
Concise Explanatory Statement
Effective January 1, 2019
Petition for Change from Public
Soft Count Rules for Card Rooms
Concise Explanatory Statement

 

Rulemaking Process

When we officially announce a rule, we do so through permanent rulemaking, expedited rulemaking or emergency rulemaking.

The permanent rulemaking process

Stage 1

A Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101 form) is filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 2

A Proposed Rulemaking (CR-102 form) and the proposed rule language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office. Notice of the public hearing date and comment period are provided on the CR-102 form.

Stage 3

A Rulemaking Order of Adoption (CR-103 form) and the final rule language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 4

Normally, rules become effective January 1 or July 1. However, the request of the public or staff, the Commission may vote to have the rule become effective 31 days after filing the CR-103 form with the Code Reviser's Office.

The expedited adoption rulemaking process

Stage 1

Expedited Rulemaking (CR-105 form) and the expedited proposed language or expedited repeal language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 2

A Rulemaking Order of Adoption (CR-103 form) and the rule adoption language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 3

The rule adoption or repeal becomes effective 31 days after filing the Rulemaking Order of Adoption with the Code Reviser's Office unless a later date is specified.

The emergency rulemaking process

Stage 1

A Rulemaking Order of Adoption (CR-103 form) and the rule adoption language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 2

The rule becomes effective upon filing, unless a later date is specified.

Click here to view a flowchart that describes the rulemaking process.

Washington State Register

During the review process, all proposed rule changes are published in the Washington State Register.