How to Find Information about Rule Changes

“When did that rule change?”

Have you ever been surprised to discover that a Commission rule had changed? If so, it’s time to subscribe to the Commission’s mailing list to receive notices about rule-making.

By law, before an agency like the Real Estate Commission creates a rule, it must provide public notice and comment opportunities.  Since all licensees and the public have the right to know the conduct required by a rule, an agency’s rules must be available to the public and to people regulated by the rule. 

Each year, usually in the fall, the Commission considers whether rules related to brokerage practice need to be created, amended, or repealed. If the Commission wishes to make changes, the proposed rules are published and the public is given a chance to comment before rules are adopted. The rule-making process typically takes a minimum of 6-9 months. When the Commission adopts new rules, they are typically effective at the beginning of a license year (July 1).

In extreme situations, such as the current COVID-19 health crisis, the rule-making process may be shortened, to give an agency the ability to quickly adopt “emergency” rules to protect the health and safety of the public.

The Commission provides information to licensees and the public about proposed and adopted rules in a variety of ways, including notices on the Commission’s homepage and articles in the monthly eBulletin. Additionally, licensees and the public may subscribe the Commission’s rule-making mailing list, to receive email alerts of rule-making events.

To subscribe to the mailing list:

  1. go to;
  2. scroll down to License Law & Rules Changes;
  3. click on Subscribe to the Commission’s mailing list to receive notice of rulemaking;
  4. type your name and email address; and
  5. click on Submit.

This mailing list is used solely for rule-making updates.

For more information, contact the Regulatory Affairs Division at or 919-719-9180.