Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) considering changes to the factory assembled structures rules

February 22, 2024

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

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

L&I welcomes your comments on our preliminary draft. Please send your input to Meagan.Edwards@Lni.wa.gov by Friday, Dec. 15. You can see the preliminary draft of the proposed rules on the agency’s FAS “Rule Development” page.

Expect to file the proposed rules (CR-102) in April 2024. There will be opportunities to provide comments during the formal public comment period. Will provide updates on the filing, the dates of the comment period, and when a public hearing will take place.

About the rulemaking

HB 1514 streamlines the plan review process. It allows manufacturers of recreational vehicles (RV) 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 amends membership for the FAS Advisory Board. Changes include:

  • 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 RCW  43.22 and RCW 43.22A.

Changes under the draft proposed rules include:

  • Making changes to the plan review requirements for RVs and recreational park trailers for consistency with the changes to the statute under HB 1514; and
  • Updating the FAS Advisory Board rules to align with SB 5089, including consideration of adding new members to the Advisory Board representing the allied trades and other regulated industries; and
  • Making various updates and clean-up changes under chapter 296-49A WAC.

The changes would affect rules under:

L&I will be recruiting for the new positions on the FAS Advisory Board at a later date.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 1-800-705-1411, Option 3.


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