Keeping of Animals


WAC 246-203-130Keeping of Animals, addresses health, sanitation, and nuisance associated with animal keeping, mainly as it relates to manure handling and disposal. In 2009, the Board received a petition to amend the rule. The Board denied the specific petition and directed staff to file a CR-101, Preproposal Statement of Inquiry, to explore issues and update the rule.

The rulemaking stalled and ultimately resumed in 2017. In 2019, the Board withdrew the original CR-101 and filed a new CR-101 to better align the rulemaking with Board policy direction established in a background report completed the prior year. Further rulemaking then followed revising the rule and completing the accompanying rule analyses.

On March 23, 2022, the Board filed a CR-102, Proposed Rule, as WSR 22-08-003 for WAC 246-203-130, Keeping of Animals. The proposed rule includes a title change to Domestic Animal Waste. The proposed rule includes standards for the handling and disposal of animal excreta, or animal waste, for the purpose of preventing and controlling nuisance and health hazards.

The CR-102 announces to the public that a rule is being proposed and includes the proposed rule language and Small Business Economic Impact Statement. The following material is available for public review and comment:

You may submit your comments on the proposed rule and supporting analyses the following ways:

  • Written comments closed on May 2, 2022.

Important Information for the Rules Hearing:

  • The online rules hearing will be held via the Zoom Webinar platform
  • In order to give verbal testimony during the rules hearing, you will need to access the meeting using your computer, laptop, or device. Your computer, laptop, or device must have speakers and a microphone.

Other supporting material for this rulemaking:

  1. Project update and rulemaking timeline - added 4/1/2022 at 10:08 a.m.
  2. Project Q&A - added 7/1/21 at 11:16 a.m.
  3. Keeping of Animals Misconceptions Factsheet - updated 4/29/22 at 3:49 p.m.
  4. Keeping of Animals background report

Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050
State Board of Health Contact: 
Stuart Glasoe, 360-236-4111

Related Links: Meeting Materials