Regulations & Permits

We oversee many state and federal laws designed to protect Washington's land, air, and water. Rules and regulations that direct state agencies, local governments, businesses, and others on how to comply with relevant laws are compiled in the Washington Administrative Code. See our laws, rules, & rulemaking page for more information about our current rules and rulemaking.
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Information for air monitoring professionals
Standard operating procedures, quality assurance plans, and monitoring guidance for air monitoring professionals.
Aquatic weed control technical assistance
We provide advice on identifying, monitoring, and managing invasive freshwater aquatic plants.
Best Achievable Protection for spill response
Best Achievable Protection (BAP) is training, operations, and technologies for successful responses.
Better Brakes Law - guidance for manufacturers
Guidance for manufacturers on Washington's Better Brakes regulations.
Biosolids permitting and forms
We issue permits and regulate biosolids production and use in Washington.
Dam construction & modification guidance
We provide guidance and technical notes for dam construction and modification.
E-Cycle WA guidance and reports
This page includes E-Cycle WA frequently asked questions and annual reports.
Frequently flooded areas: Critical Areas Ordinance
Frequently flooded areas are covered by Critical Areas Ordinances promoting safety from floods.
Online cleanup guide for homeowners and small businesses
An online cleanup guide for homes and small business properties that might be contaminated.
Metering technical information
Find out about meter types, technical requirements, vendors, and installers.
Moderate risk waste facility guidance
Regulatory information and guidance for county moderate risk waste facilities.
Municipal water law
We help regulate municipal water suppliers to ensure a safe and reliable drinking water supply.
Oil spill drills
We require oil spill drills to test and improve industry contingency plans.
Financial responsibility for oil spills
Tank vessels are required to have financial responsibility to pay for costs & damages from spills.
Preventing hazardous waste & pollution
We have tools and resources to help your business prevent waste and pollution at the source.
Learning from incidents and spills
We learn from incidents and spills through investigations and share what we learn with others.
EPA guidance on managing moderate risk waste
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory guidance on common moderate risk waste topics.
Primary response contractors for spill cleanup
We approve primary response contractors to allow them to be cited in industry oil plans.
Bunkering requirements for ships
Learn about best practices and rules that promote safe, spill-free fuel loading in Washington waters.
Shoreline Master Programs Handbook
The Handbook helps local governments update their shoreline master programs.
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