Administrative Rules

An administrative "rule" is defined in s. 227.01 (13), Stats. The authority to create new rules, or to revise and repeal existing rules (promulgation), is delegated to the Department of Health Services (DHS) by the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Rules must be promulgated according to a process established by the Legislature in ch. 227, Stats., by the Governor in various Executive Orders, and by the Courts in various precedents. DHS must obtain approval from the Governor to begin any project to create new rules, or to revise or repeal current administrative rules. DHS must also submit final proposed rules to the Wisconsin State Legislature for review prior to enactment.

The following pages provide information about current DHS rules and active rulemaking projects:

For questions, please contact:

Mark Thompson
Rules Attorney

Last Revised: July 22, 2021