The basics of rules and rulemaking
The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) is a compilation of the regulations of the executive branch agencies that interpret and implement state and federal laws. These regulations are commonly referred to as rules and the process of their adoption is known as rulemaking.
Each state agency has a chapter in the WAC, and the Gambling Commission’s rules chapter is WAC 230. In WAC 230, the Gambling Commission gathers all its rules, providing more detail about how to implement the provisions of the Gambling Act (Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 9.46).
From time to time, rules are changed based on a deliberative process that takes approximately five to six months. Download a PDF (16.07KB) to learn more about the rulemaking process.
Rules under development
The rules listed below are currently under development:
WAC Chapter and/or Section(s)
Title 230 WAC
|Gambling equipment in warehouses
|Problem gambling signage and materials
|Submitting a proposed plan of operations for charitable and nonprofit organizations (repeal)
|Additional requirements for licensed business premises of nonhouse-banked, Class F, and house-banked card rooms
How to request a rule change
- Fill out our "Request a rule change" form
- We will receive your request (called a petition)
- We will prepare a rule summary, which includes a history of the rule, previous changes made to the rule, and resource and regulatory impacts the change could have
- We will present the rules summary and your petition to commissioners at a commission meeting within 60 days of receipt.
Comment on proposed rules
The commission often 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 changes
You can learn about recent, finalized rule changes on our recent rule changes page.
You'll find state laws concerning gambling at Chapter 9.46 RCW.
You'll find state rules concerning gambling at Title 230 WAC.