Washington State Department of Labor & Industries considering changes to Factory Assembled Structures rules

February 22, 2024

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is considering changes to rules affecting the Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) rules. The changes affect L&I’s FAS Advisory Board and distribution of inspection insignia to manufacturers of recreational vehicles.

These changes are necessary after the passage of two bills last year that took effect July 23, 2023: House Bill 1514 (HB 1514), and Senate Bill 5089 (SB 5089).

A second version of the draft proposed rules is now available online.

Changes made to the draft language from the previous version include:

  • Updates to allow recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturers to produce RV and Park Model units in a timely manner; and
  • Housekeeping changes, such as punctuation, and clarification edits.

See the draft proposed rules, updated filing timeline, and other documents on the FAS

Program’s “Factory Assembled Structures Laws, Rules & Policies” page, under the “Rule Development” tab.

About the changes

HB 1514 streamlined the plan-review process. It allowed manufacturers of RV’s and recreational park trailers to request and purchase insignia while their plans are under review by L&I’s FAS Program. The metal labels mark the structure as meeting construction requirements.

SB 5089 amended membership for the FAS Advisory Board. Changes included:

  • Increasing the number of board members from nine to at least 11:
  • Adding representatives for allied trades such as electricians, plumbers, and laborers;
  • Adding diversity considerations for Board appointments; and
  • Requiring members to apply for reappointment if serving consecutive terms.

The new statutory changes also make technical and clean-up changes under Chapters 43.22 and 43.22A RCW.

This is your opportunity to view a second draft of the language. L&I plans to file the proposed rules (CR-102) on March 19. L&I will announce when a public hearing takes place.

If you have any questions or want to know how to participate in the rule development process, please contact us at FAS1@Lni.wa.gov or call 1-800-705-1411, Option 3.


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