Rulemaking: WAC 200-220
The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is updating rules in Chapter 200-220 WAC Use of the Public Areas of the Capitol Buildings and Grounds.
- Read the full text of the adopted rules filed by DES. These rules take effect June 6, 2023
Updates to rules for use of Capitol Campus grounds and public areas in buildings
The Capitol Campus use rules have been updated to clarify operational coordination between DES and Washington State Patrol (WSP) and provide an administrative, non-criminal process to address violations of campus use rules.
- Seek feedback on a discussion draft
- Seek public comment on proposed rules
- Rules adopted on March 2
- Permanent Rules filed with the Office of the Code Reviser March 6 (we are here)
- Rules take effect June 6
DES and the WSP use overall public safety as a guide in seeking compliance with rules and laws. Our general approach is to start with engagement to avoid any enforcement action.
We then seek voluntary compliance, whenever possible. If needed, we use the lowest level enforcement action possible. The rule updates provide an administrative process to address violations of requirements governing use of the Capitol Campus that can be used as an option to avoid a criminal charge.
If this administrative enforcement action is used:
- There is a process to appeal.
- A first violation would result in exclusion from campus for 48 hours.
- The second violation would result in exclusion for 30 days.
- The third violation may result in exclusion for up to one year.
- Not complying with a notice of exclusion is criminal trespass (9A.52 RCW Burglary and Trespass).
About campus use
All three branches of state government conduct their business on the Capitol Campus, more than 40 agencies have offices here, thousands of people participate in free speech activities, and thousands more people of all ages participate in civic education tours as well as events hosted on the campus.
- Learn more about visiting and using the Capitol Campus.
- Learn more about the campus purpose and use.
Campus use rules are designed to balance the conduct of government business, public access and expression of free speech, public and employee safety and welfare, the stewardship of the capitol buildings and grounds, and civic education.
Protecting the right to assemble and exercise free speech on the Capitol Campus, which is a traditional public forum for free speech, is a top priority for DES and WSP.
Opportunities to participate in this rulemaking
DES will seek continuous feedback as we develop these updates. In addition to up-front work with anyone interested in participating with DES on updating the rules, a formal public comment period will be held later in the rulemaking process.
As rulemaking progresses, this page will be updated with new information including opportunities for anyone interested in participating with DES in updating the rules. Rulemaking information will first appear shortly after the time of DES's initial filing (CR-101 or CR-105) with the Office of the Code Reviser. The initial filing signals the start of rulemaking for each rulemaking listed on the rulemaking agenda.