Keeping of Animals Rule in Effect Beginning October 16, 2022

The Keeping of Animals rules adopted by the Washington State Board of Health (Board) on June 8, 2022 goes into effect on October 16, 2022, and includes a title change to Domestic Animal Waste. 

The adopted rules revise a section of the General Sanitation rules to help prevent, control, and abate health hazards and nuisance associated with the handling and disposal of domestic animal waste, including waste from livestock animals such as horses and cattle, and waste from non-livestock animals such as dogs and cats.

The rules include standards to:
  • Avoid unsanitary accumulations of waste in containment areas where animals are held or housed for a period of time;
  • Prevent contamination of other people’s property, drinking water sources, and surface water bodies with potential to affect human health;
  • Promote safe handling and disposal of nonlivestock waste; and
  • Promote safe stockpiling of livestock waste.

For more information, visit the Domestic Animal Waste webpage to find additional rule related materials and contact information.