Special Announcement from the BOM

Notice of Filing of



 Chapter 246-830 WAC—Massage Practitioners


This notice is to inform you that the Washington State Board of Massage (board) and the Secretary of the Department of Health (department) adopted new and amended rules to chapter 246-830 WAC— Massage Practitioners.  These rules will become effective on July 30, 2017, with the exception of WAC 246-830-015 which became effective on July 1, 2017. The board and department adopted the new and amended rules to clarify, streamline, and modernize the regulations of licensed massage therapists in Washington State.  The adopted rules are also in response to:

  • RCW 18.108.028, enacted in 2016, which directs the board to adopt rules to allow board-approved massage programs the ability to establish transfer programs to accept credits from a non-board-approved program;
  • Substitute House Bill 2425 (ch 41, laws of 2016), which changes the term massage practitioner to massage therapist effective July 1, 2017; and
  • RCW 43.70.041, enacted in 2013, which requires the department to review all of its existing rules every five years to identify ways to clarify or simplify existing rules.

The final rulemaking order was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser on June 29, 2017, under WSR #17-14-062. (See attached CR-103P).

This message contains five attachments: 

  1. The final rulemaking document (CR-103P) that was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser, which contains the rulemaking order;
  2. The reasons for adopting the rules;
  3. A table outlining the changes made to the rules;
  4. A table outlining the summary of comments received and the board’s and department’s responses to those comments; and
  5. The new and amended rule language.

The laws and procedures for petitioning the amendment or repeal of an adopted rule are in RCW 34.05.330


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Thank you.


Megan Maxey

Program Manager

Washington State Board of Massage

P: (360) 236-4945 | E: megan.maxey@doh.wa.gov


Washington State Board of Massage

P: (360) 236-4945 | E: megan.maxey@doh.wa.gov