CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 2053
1992 Regular Session
Passed by the House March 12, 1992
Yeas 92 Nays 4
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 12, 1992
Yeas 39 Nays 8
I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 2053 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
President of the Senate
Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 2053
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
Passed Legislature - 1992 Regular Session
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Representatives Heavey, Fuhrman, G. Fisher, Grant, D. Sommers, Cooper, Mielke, Wood, Orr, Day, Ludwig and Silver.Read first time February 20, 1991. Referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.
AN ACT Relating to electrical licensing exemptions; and amending RCW 19.28.200, 19.28.210, and 19.28.610.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 19.28.200 and 1980 c 30 s 15 are each amended to read as follows:
No license under the provision of this chapter shall be required from any
utility or any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity
employed by a utility because of work in connection with the installation
and/)), repair, or maintenance of lines (( or)),
wires, apparatus, or equipment owned by or under the control of a utility
and used for transmission or distribution of electricity from the
source of supply to the point of contact at the premises and/or property to be
supplied(( , or for work in installing or maintaining or repairing on the
premises of customers,)) and service connections and meters(( ,))
and other apparatus or appliances used in the measurement of the consumption of
electricity by the customer(( s, or for work in connection with)).
(2) No license under the provisions of this chapter shall be required from any utility because of work in connection with the installation, repair, or maintenance of the following:
Lines, wires, apparatus, or equipment used in the lighting of streets,
alleys, ways, or public areas or squares((
, or for the work of installing, maintaining
or repairing wires, apparatus or appliances used in their business, or in
making or distributing electricity, upon the
property owned or operated and managed by them; or for));
(b) Lines, wires, apparatus, or equipment owned by a commercial, industrial, or public institution customer that are an integral part of a transmission or distribution system, either overhead or underground, providing service to such customer and located outside the building or structure: PROVIDED, That a utility does not initiate the sale of services to perform such work;
(c) Lines and wires, together with ancillary apparatus, and equipment, owned by a customer that is an independent power producer who has entered into an agreement for the sale of electricity to a utility and that are used in transmitting electricity from an electrical generating unit located on premises used by such customer to the point of interconnection with the utility's system.
(3) Any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity licensed under RCW 19.28.120 may enter into a contract with a utility for the performance of work under subsection (2) of this section.
No license under the provisions of this chapter shall be required from any
person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity because of the work
of installing and repairing ignition or lighting systems for motor vehicles((
(5) No license under the provisions of this chapter shall be required from any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity because of work in connection with the installation, repair, or maintenance of wires and equipment, and installations thereof, exempted in RCW 19.28.010.
Sec. 2. RCW 19.28.210 and 1989 c 344 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The director shall cause an inspector to inspect all wiring, appliances, devices, and equipment to which this chapter applies. Nothing contained in this chapter may be construed as providing any authority for any subdivision of government to adopt by ordinance any provisions contained or provided for in this chapter except those pertaining to cities and towns pursuant to RCW 19.28.010(2).
(2) Upon request, electrical inspections will be made by the department within forty-eight hours, excluding holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays. If, upon written request, the electrical inspector fails to make an electrical inspection within twenty-four hours, the serving utility may immediately connect electrical power to the installation if the necessary electrical work permit is displayed: PROVIDED, That if the request is for an electrical inspection that relates to a mobile home installation, the applicant shall provide proof of a current building permit issued by the local government agency authorized to issue such permits as a prerequisite for inspection approval or connection of electrical power to the mobile home.
(3) Whenever the installation of any wiring, device, appliance, or equipment is not in accordance with this chapter, or is in such a condition as to be dangerous to life or property, the person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity owning, using, or operating it shall be notified by the department and shall within fifteen days, or such further reasonable time as may upon request be granted, make such repairs and changes as are required to remove the danger to life or property and to make it conform to this chapter. The director, through the inspector, is hereby empowered to disconnect or order the discontinuance of electrical service to conductors or equipment that are found to be in a dangerous or unsafe condition and not in accordance with this chapter. Upon making a disconnection the inspector shall attach a notice stating that the conductors have been found dangerous to life or property and are not in accordance with this chapter. It is unlawful for any person to reconnect such defective conductors or equipment without the approval of the department, and until the conductors and equipment have been placed in a safe and secure condition, and in a condition that complies with this chapter.
(4) The director, through the electrical inspector, has the right during reasonable hours to enter into and upon any building or premises in the discharge of his or her official duties for the purpose of making any inspection or test of the installation of new construction or altered electrical wiring, electrical devices, equipment, or material contained in or on the buildings or premises. No electrical wiring or equipment subject to this chapter may be concealed until it has been approved by the inspector making the inspection.
(5) Persons, firms, partnerships, corporations, or other entities making electrical installations shall obtain inspection and approval from an authorized representative of the department as required by this chapter before requesting the electric utility to connect to the installations. Electric utilities may connect to the installations if approval is clearly indicated by certification of the electrical work permit required to be affixed to each installation or by equivalent means, except that increased or relocated services may be reconnected immediately at the discretion of the utility before approval if an electrical work permit is displayed. The permits shall be furnished upon payment of the fee to the department.
(6) The director, subject to the recommendations and approval of the board, shall set by rule a schedule of license and electrical work permit fees that will cover the costs of administration and enforcement of this chapter. The rules shall be adopted in accordance with the administrative procedure act, chapter 34.05 RCW. No fee may be charged for plug-in mobile homes, recreational vehicles, or portable appliances.
(7) Nothing in this chapter shall authorize the inspection of any wiring, appliance, device, or equipment, or installations thereof, by any utility or by any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity employed by a utility in connection with the installation, repair, or maintenance of lines, wires, apparatus, or equipment owned by or under the control of the utility. All work covered by the national electric code not exempted by the 1981 edition of the national electric code 90-2(B)(5) shall be inspected by the department.
Sec. 3. RCW 19.28.610 and 1986 c 156 s 16 are each amended to read as follows:
in RCW 19.28.510 through 19.28.620 shall be construed to require that a person
obtain a license or a certified electrician in order to do electrical work at
his or her residence or farm or place of business or on other property owned by
him: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That nothing in RCW 19.28.510 through 19.28.620 shall
be intended to derogate from or dispense with the requirements of any valid
electrical code enacted by a city or town pursuant to RCW 19.28.010(2), except
that no code shall require the holder of a certificate of competency to
demonstrate any additional proof of competency or obtain any other license or
pay any fee in order to engage in the electrical construction trade: AND
PROVIDED FURTHER, That RCW 19.28.510 through 19.28.620 shall not apply to
common carriers subject to Part I of the Interstate Commerce Act, nor to their
officers and employees: AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That nothing in RCW 19.28.510
through 19.28.620 shall be deemed to apply to the installation or maintenance
of telephone, telegraph, radio, or television wires and equipment; nor to any
electrical utility or its employees((
,)) in the installation(( s)),
repair, and maintenance of electrical wiring, circuits, and equipment by or
for the utility, or comprising a part of its plants, lines or systems. The
licensing provisions of RCW 19.28.510 through 19.28.620 shall not apply to:
Persons making electrical installations on their own property ((
(2) Regularly employed employees working on the premises of their employer; or
(3) Employees of an employer while the employer is performing utility type work of the nature described in RCW 19.28.200 so long as such employees have registered in the state of Washington with or graduated from a state-approved outside lineman apprenticeship course that is recognized by the department and that qualifies a person to perform such work:
AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That nothing in RCW 19.28.510 through 19.28.620 shall be construed to restrict the right of any householder to assist or receive assistance from a friend, neighbor, relative or other person when none of the individuals doing the electrical installation hold themselves out as engaged in the trade or business of electrical installations. Nothing precludes any person who is exempt from the licensing requirements of this chapter under this section from obtaining a journeyman or specialty certificate of competency if they otherwise meet the requirements of this chapter.