WSR 97-03-083

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[Filed January 15, 1997, 11:17 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 96-10-082.

Title of Rule: Chapter 296-46 WAC, Electrical standards and administrative rules and chapter 296-401 WAC, Certification of competency for journeyman electricians.

Purpose: Chapter 296-46 WAC, Safety standards--Installing electric wires and equipment--Administrative rules, National Electrical Code (NEC)-initiated proposed amendments to chapter 296-46 WAC, Safety standards--Installing electric wires and equipment--Administrative rules, are made to be at-least-as-effective-as the 1996 NEC code. According to RCW 19.28.060, the department, in conjunction with the Electrical Board, is required to adopt reasonable rules based upon the latest revision of the NEC code. These NEC-initiated proposed amendments will not establish any additional compliance requirements.

WAC 296-46-090 Foreword, proposed amendments are made to reference the 1996 edition of the NEC codes and standards.

WAC 296-46-140 Plan review for educational, institutional or health care facilities and other buildings, proposed amendments are made to delete language regarding the calculation of loads for existing building which is now included in the 1996 NEC code.

WAC 296-46-21008 Branch circuits, proposed amendments are made to delete this section in its entirety because it is now included in the 1996 NEC code. This section number is reserved for future use.

WAC 296-46-21052 Receptacles and switches, proposed amendments are made to clarify how floor outlets are installed in "out of traffic areas."

WAC 296-46-225 Outside branch circuits and feeders, proposed amendments are made to delete language regarding outside branch circuits and feeders which is now included in the 1996 NEC code.

WAC 296-46-360 Amusement rides or structures, carnivals, circuses, and similar traveling shows, proposed amendments are made to delete certain requirements regarding feeders, circuits, receptacles, plugs, portable power cables and conductors which are now found in the 1996 NEC code.

WAC 296-46-370 Boat moorages, floating buildings, and similar installations, proposed amendments are made to move this section to WAC 296-46-553. This section number is reserved for future use.

WAC 296-46-514 Service stations, proposed amendments are made to delete requirements regarding emergency disconnects which are now found in the 1996 NEC code.

WAC 296-46-553 Boat moorages, floating buildings, and similar installations, proposed amendments are made to add this new section and incorporate requirements previously found at WAC 296-46-370. This change is being made to align the state WAC section number with the NEC code number as closely as possible.

WAC 296-46-700 Emergency systems, proposed amendments are made to delete subsection (2) Fire alarm systems, which is now found in the 1996 NEC code.

State-initiated proposed amendments to chapter 296-46 WAC, Safety standards--Installing electric wires and equipment--Administrative rules, are being made to comply with RCW 19.28.060 which requires the department, in conjunction with the electrical board, to adopt "reasonable rules in to ensure [furtherance of] safety to life and property." These proposed amendments establish additional compliance requirements.

WAC 296-46-130 Classification or definition of occupancies, proposed amendments are made:

To incorporate the occupancy classifications and definitions used by the agencies that register or license these types of operations.

To delete definitions for "detoxification" and "mini day care center" which are no longer used.

To add definitions for "hospital," "nursing home unit," "alcoholism treatment facility," "hospice care center," "medical, dental, and chiropractic clinic," "child day care center," "school-age child care center" and "family child day care home" which are currently used.

To amend the definitions of "ambulatory surgical facility" and "renal hemodialysis clinic" by adding a reference to the NEC code 517-3 definition of "ambulatory health care center."

To retitle the definition of "adult residential treatment facility" to "adult residential rehabilitation center" and to update its statute reference by replacing "chapter 204, Laws of 1982" with "chapter 71.24 RCW."

To amend the language in the definition of "group care facility" by including the phrase "other than a foster-family home."

To reorganize the definitions contained in this section.

WAC 296-46-140 Plan review for educational, institutional or health care facilities and other buildings, proposed amendments are made to delete references to WAC 296-46-150 whose repeal is being proposed.

WAC 296-46-150 Wiring methods for designated building occupancies, proposed amendments are made to repeal this section in its entirety.

WAC 296-46-21052 Receptacles and switches, proposed amendments are made to retitle this section to "receptacles in dwelling units" to more accurately reflect its content.

WAC 296-46-225 Outside branch circuits and feeders, proposed amendments are made to clarify and limit the distance, as referenced in NEC code 225-8(b), that feeder or branch circuit conductors may extend into buildings.

WAC 296-46-23028 Service or other masts, proposed amendments are made to enlarge the illustrations to improve clarity.

WAC 296-46-23062 Service equipment, proposed amendments are made to clarify what information must be given an inspector when a ground fault protection test is performed.

WAC 296-46-30001 Support of raceways and cables, proposed amendments are made:

To retitle this section to "Support of raceways and cables in suspended ceilings" to more accurately reflect its content.

To clarify that wires, other than ceiling support wires, may be used to support raceways above suspended ceilings.

WAC 296-46-514 Service stations, proposed amendments are made to retitle this section to "gasoline dispensing and service stations" to more accurately reflect its content.

WAC 296-46-553 Boat moorages, floating buildings, and similar installations, proposed amendments are made to clarify "where flexibility is required" in NEC code 555-6 "Wiring Methods."

WAC 296-46-700 Emergency systems, proposed amendments are made to delete a reference to WAC 296-46-150 which is being repealed.

WAC 296-46-725 Class 2 and Class 3 cables, proposed amendments are made to correct NEC code references.

WAC 296-46-910 Inspection fees, proposed amendments are made:

To delete double fees for installations that are covered or concealed before an inspection. It is more accurate to charge the full fee for both the initial trip and the return trip which is required because the initial inspection could not be conducted.

To move "failure to obtain a work permit" from this section to WAC 296-46-920 Civil penalty.

To add a fee for "each outbuilding or detached garage inspected separately."

To add a clarifying definition of "thermostat."

To reduce the inspection fees for commercial/industrial low voltage fire and burglar alarms to a reasonable level.

To reduce the inspection fees for generators to a reasonable level.

To increase the fees in this section by 4.45% in order to maintain a solvent electrical fund.

WAC 296-46-915 Electrical contractor license, administrator certificate and examination, and copy fees, proposed amendments are made:

To omit "within 10 days" and "after 10 days." The fee for the transfer of administrator designation now accurately reflects the administrative cost of the transfer, which is the same no matter when the transfer is made.

To increase the fees in this section by 4.45% in order to maintain a solvent electrical fund.

WAC 296-46-920 Civil penalty, proposed amendments are made:

To add specific penalties for: Covering or concealing installations prior to inspection; failing to make corrections within fifteen days, or the extended time period where approved; and failure to obtain a work permit prior to beginning work.

To include a reduced "homeowner's first offense" penalty because homeowners generally lack specific knowledge of and experience with department permitting requirements.

Chapter 296-401 WAC, Certification of competency for journeyman electricians, legislative-initiated proposed amendments to chapter 296-401 WAC, Certification of competency for journeyman electricians, are made to comply with the 1996 amendments to RCW 19.28.550. These legislative-initiated proposed amendments do not establish additional compliance requirements.

WAC 296-401-165, Issuing and renewing an electrician certificate of competency, proposed amendments are made to incorporate portions of ESSB 6521 (1996), requiring an electrician's birthdate to be the renewal date for the certificate of competency.

State-initiated proposed amendments to chapter 296-401 WAC, Certification of competency for journeyman electricians, are made to reflect an appellant court decision (The Washington State Association of Electrical Workers et al v. State of Washington, No. 15290-8-II (Ct. App. Div. II), December 23, 1992), the responsibilities of contracted testing agencies, changing national standards and the need to clarify language. These proposed amendments establish additional compliance requirements.

WAC 296-401-080 Eligibility for journeyman examination, proposed amendments are made to delete language regarding graduates of electrical trade school programs established in 1946 and their eligibility to take the journeyman's certificate of competency examination. This language has been deleted to due the decision in The Washington State Association of Electrical Workers et al v. State of Washington, No. 15290-8-II (Ct. App. Div. II), December 23, 1992.

WAC 296-401-090 Status of person who has failed an examination for an electrician certificate of competency, proposed amendments are made to delete language regarding the successful completion of a refresher training course and eligibility to retake a certificate of competency examination. These department requirements proved to be unenforceable and are now better administered by the contracted testing agency.

WAC 296-401-100 Computation of years of employment--Renewal of training certificates, proposed amendments are made to increase the number of hours of employment used in the calculation of "one year of employment." The proposed increase brings Washington state requirements in line with national standards.

WAC 296-401-120 Electrical training certificates, proposed amendments are made to increase required training hours and brings Washington state in line with national standards.

WAC 296-401-165 Issuing and renewing an electrician certificate of competency, proposed amendments are made:

To delete language relating to passing the competency examination and the issuing of certificates resulting from the passage of ESSB 6521.

To clarify continuing education requirements by adding the sentence "Any portion of a year is equal to one year for continuing education requirements."

To replace the word "latest" with the word "current" when referring to National Electrical Code changes.

WAC 296-401-175 Journeyman, specialty and trainee certificate, and examination fees, proposed amendments are made to increase the fees in this section by 4.45% in order to maintain a solvent electrical fund.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.210(6), 19.28.350, 19.28.600.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 19.28.550.

Summary: See Purpose above.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See Purpose above.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Jack Watterson, Chief Electrical Specialist, 7273 Linderson Way, Tumwater, WA, (360) 902-5249; Implementation and Enforcement: Frank Leuck, Assistant Director, 7273 Linderson Way, Tumwater, WA, (360) 902-5495.

Name of Proponent: Department of Labor and Industries, governmental.

Rule is necessary because of state court decision, Washington State Association of Electrical Workers et al v. State of Washington, NO. 15290-8-II (Ct. App. Div. II), December 23, 1992. Other: State law ESSB 6521.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: See Purpose above.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See Purpose above.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The department has considered whether these proposed rules are subject to the Regulatory Fairness Act and has determined that they do not require a small business economic impact statement because the proposed rules will not place a more than minor impact on business.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, applies to this rule adoption. The proposed rule amendments are considered to be "significant legislative rules" for the following reasons:

(1) The rules subject a violator to civil penalties.

(2) The rules adopt new policies. See Purpose above.

(3) The rules amend significant policies. See Purpose above.

(4) The rules change the requirements for issuing certificates.

Hearing Location: On February 25, 1997, at 1:00 p.m., at the Department of Labor and Industries Building, Auditorium, 7273 Linderson Way, Tumwater, WA; and on February 27, 1997, at 1:00 p.m., at the Spokane County Public Works Building, County Commissioners Assembly Room (lower level), 1026 West Broadway, Spokane, WA.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact George Huffman by February 10, 1997, (360) 902-6411.

Submit Written Comments to: Department of Labor and Industries, Attention: Jack Watterson, Chief Electrical Specialist, P.O. Box 44460, Olympia, WA 98504-4460, by no later than 5:00 p.m., March 6, 1997.

In addition to written comments, the department will accept comments submitted to FAX (360) 902-5292. Comments submitted by FAX must be ten pages or less.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 28, 1997.

January 13, 1996 [1997]

Mark O. Brown

Director

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 93-06-072, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93)

WAC 296-46-090 Foreword. The ((1993)) 1996 edition of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70 - ((1993)) 1996) including ((Appendix B)) Appendixes A, B, and C, the ((1990)) 1993 edition of Centrifugal Fire Pumps (NFPA 20 - ((1990)) 1993) and the ((1985)) 1993 edition of Emergency and Standby Power Systems (NFPA 110 - ((1985)) 1993) are hereby adopted by reference as part of this chapter. Other codes, manuals, and reference works referred to in this chapter are available for inspection and review in the Olympia office of the electrical section of the department during business hours. Where there is any conflict between this chapter and the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), Centrifugal Fire Pumps (NFPA 20) or Emergency and Standby Power Systems (NFPA 110), the requirements of this chapter shall be observed. Where there is any conflict between Centrifugal Fire Pumps (NFPA 20) or Emergency and Standby Power Systems (NFPA 110) and the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), the National Electrical Code shall be followed.

Electrical inspectors will give information as to the meaning or application of the National Electrical Code, the standard on Centrifugal Fire Pumps and the standard on Emergency and Standby Power Systems and this chapter, but will not lay out work or act as consultants for contractors, owners, or users.

The department is authorized to enforce city electrical ordinances where those governmental agencies do not make electrical inspections under an established program.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 93-06-072, 296-46-090, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93; 90-19-015, 296-46-090, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-19-015, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90)

WAC 296-46-130 Classification or definition of occupancies. Occupancies shall be classified and defined by the agency that registers or licenses their operation, as follows:

(1) Educational facility refers to a building or portion of a building used primarily for educational purposes and shall include buildings used for the gathering of groups of six or more persons for purposes of instruction. Educational occupancy includes, but is not restricted to: Schools, colleges, academies, and universities.

(2) Institutional facility refers to a building or portion of a building used primarily for detention and correctional occupancies where some degree of restraint or security is required. Such occupancies shall include, but are not restricted to: Penal institutions, reformatories, jails, detention centers, correctional centers, and residential-restrained care.

(3) Health or personal care facility. Health or personal care facility refers to buildings or parts of buildings that contain but are not limited to facilities such as a hospital, nursing home, alcoholism hospital, psychiatric hospital, boarding home, alcoholism treatment facility, maternity home, birth center or childbirth center, residential treatment facility for psychiatrically impaired children and youths, and renal hemodialysis clinics that are licensed by the department of social and health services; and medical, dental or chiropractic offices or clinics, outpatient or ambulatory surgical clinics, and such other health care occupancies where patients who may be unable to provide for their own needs and safety without the assistance of another person are treated.

(a) ((Boarding home means any home or other institution, however named, which is advertised, announced, or maintained for the express or implied purpose of providing board and domiciliary care to three or more aged persons not related by blood or marriage to the operator. It shall not include any home, institution, or section thereof which is otherwise licensed and regulated under the provisions of state law providing specifically for the licensing and regulation of such home, institution, or section thereof.

(b) Private alcoholism hospital means an institution, facility, building, or equivalent designed, organized, maintained, and operated to provide diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals demonstrating signs or symptoms of alcoholism, including the complications of associated substance use and other medical diseases that can be appropriately treated and cared for in the facility and providing accommodations, medical services, and other necessary services over a continuous period of twenty-four hours or more for two or more individuals unrelated to the operator, provided that this chapter shall not apply to any facility, agency, or other entity which shall be both owned and operated by a public or governmental body.

(c) Detoxification means care or treatment of an intoxicated person during a period where the individual recovers from the effects of intoxication.

(d) Private psychiatric hospital means an institution, facility, building, or agency specializing in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of individuals demonstrating signs and/or symptoms of mental disorder as defined in RCW 71.05.020(2), and providing accommodations and other necessary services over a continuous period of twenty-four hours or more for two or more individuals not related to the operator, provided that this chapter shall not apply to any facility, agency, or other entity which shall be both owned and operated by a public or governmental body.)) "Hospital" means any institution, place, building, or agency providing accommodations, facilities and services over a continuous period of twenty-four hours or more, for observation, diagnosis, or care of two or more individuals not related to the operator who are suffering from illness, injury, deformity, or abnormality, or from any other condition for which obstetrical, medical, or surgical services would be appropriate for care or diagnosis.

(b) "Nursing home unit" or "long-term care unit" means a group of beds for the accommodation of patients who, because of chronic illness or physical infirmities require skilled nursing care and related medical services but are not acutely ill and not in need of the highly technical or specialized services ordinarily a part of hospital care.

(c) "Boarding home" means any home or other institution, however named, which is advertised, announced, or maintained for the express or implied purpose of providing board and domiciliary care to three or more aged persons not related by blood or marriage to the operator. It shall not include any home, institution, or section thereof which is otherwise licensed and regulated under the provisions of state law providing specifically for the licensing and regulation of such home, institution, or section thereof.

(d) "Private alcoholism hospital" means an institution, facility, building, or equivalent designed, organized, maintained, and operated to provide diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals demonstrating signs or symptoms of alcoholism, including the complications of associated substance use and other medical diseases that can be appropriately treated and cared for in the facility and providing accommodations, medical services, and other necessary services over a continuous period of twenty-four hours or more for two or more individuals unrelated to the operator, provided that this chapter shall not apply to any facility, agency, or other entity which shall be both owned and operated by a public or governmental body.

(e) "Alcoholism treatment facility" means a private place or establishment, other than a licensed hospital, operated primarily for the treatment of alcoholism.

(f) ((Maternity home means any home, place, hospital, or institution in which facilities are maintained for the care of four or more women, not related by blood or marriage to the operator, during pregnancy or during or within ten days after delivery: Provided, however, that this definition shall not apply to any hospital approved by the American College of Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association or its successor.

(g) Birth center or childbirth center means a type of maternity home which is a house, building, or equivalent organized to provide facilities and staff to support a birth service, provided that the birth service is limited to low-risk maternal clients during the intrapartum period.

(h) Residential treatment facility for psychiatrically impaired children and youth means a residence, place, or facility designed and organized to provide twenty-four hour residential care and long-term individualized, active treatment for clients who have been diagnosed or evaluated as psychiatrically impaired.

(i) Ambulatory surgical center or ASC means any distinct entity that operates exclusively for the purpose of providing surgical services to patients not requiring hospitalization or that has an agreement with HFCA under Medicare to participate as an ASC.

(j) Renal hemodialysis clinic is a facility in a building or part of a building which is approved to furnish the full spectrum of diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative services required for the care of renal dialysis patients (including inpatient dialysis furnished directly or under arrangement).

(k) Adult residential treatment facility means a residence, place, or facility designed and organized primarily to provide twenty-four hour residential care, crisis and short-term care, and/or long-term individualized active treatment and rehabilitation for clients diagnosed or evaluated as psychiatrically impaired or chronically mentally ill as defined herein or in chapter 204, Laws of 1982.

(l) Private adult treatment home means a dwelling which is the residence or home of two adults providing food, shelter, beds, and care for two or fewer psychiatrically impaired clients, provided these clients are detained under chapter 71.05 RCW and the dwelling is certified as an evaluation and treatment facility under chapter 71.05 RCW.

(m) Group care facility means a facility maintained and operated for the care of a group of children on a twenty-four-hour basis.)) "Private psychiatric hospital" means an institution, facility, building, or agency specializing in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of individuals demonstrating signs and/or symptoms of mental disorder as defined in RCW 71.05.020(2), and providing accommodations and other necessary services over a continuous period of twenty-four hours or more for two or more individuals not related to the operator, provided that this chapter shall not apply to any facility, agency, or other entity which shall be both owned and operated by a public or governmental body.

(g) "Maternity home" means any home, place, hospital, or institution in which facilities are maintained for the care of four or more women, not related by blood or marriage to the operator, during pregnancy or during or within ten days after delivery: Provided, however, That this definition shall not apply to any hospital approved by the American College of Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association or its successor.

(h) "Birth center" or "childbirth center" means a type of maternity home which is a house, building, or equivalent organized to provide facilities and staff to support a birth service, provided that the birth service is limited to low-risk maternal clients during the intrapartum period.

(i) "Ambulatory surgical facility" means a facility, not a part of a hospital, providing surgical treatment to patients not requiring inpatient care in a hospital. This term does not include a facility in the offices of private physicians or dentists, whether for individual or group practice, if the privilege of using such facility is not extended to physicians or dentists outside the individual or group practice. (NEC; Ambulatory Health Care Center.)

(j) "Hospice care center" means any building, facility, place, or equivalent, organized, maintained, and operated specifically to provide beds, accommodations, facilities, and services over a continuous period of twenty-four hours or more for palliative care of two or more individuals, not related to the operator, who are diagnosed as being in the latter stages of an advanced disease which is expected to lead to death.

(k) "Renal hemodialysis clinic" is a facility in a building or part of a building which is approved to furnish the full spectrum of diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative services required for the care of renal dialysis patients (including inpatient dialysis furnished directly or under arrangement). (NEC; Ambulatory Health Care Center.)

(l) "Medical, dental, and chiropractic clinic" means any clinic or physicians office where patients are not regularly kept as bed patients for twenty-four hours or more. Electrical plan review not required.

(m) "Residential treatment facility for psychiatrically impaired children and youth" means a residence, place, or facility designed and organized to provide twenty-four hour residential care and long-term individualized, active treatment for clients who have been diagnosed or evaluated as psychiatrically impaired.

(n) "Adult residential rehabilitation center" means a residence, place, or facility designed and organized primarily to provide twenty-four hour residential care, crisis and short-term care and/or long-term individualized active treatment and rehabilitation for clients diagnosed or evaluated as psychiatrically impaired or chronically mentally ill as defined herein or in chapter 71.24. RCW.

(o) "Group care facility" means a facility other than a foster-family home maintained and operated for the care of a group of children on a twenty-four-hour basis.

(4) Licensed day care centers.

(a) (("Day care center" means an agency that provides care for thirteen or more children either within the abode of the licensee or within a building or portion of a building used for such purposes for periods of less than twenty-four hours.

(b) "Mini day care center" means:

(i) Day care center for the care of twelve or fewer children in a facility other than the family abode of the person or persons under whose direct care and supervision the child is placed; or

(ii) The care of from seven through twelve children in the family abode of such person or persons.)) "Child day care center" means a facility providing regularly scheduled care for a group of children one month of age through twelve years of age for periods less than twenty-four hours; except, a program meeting the definition of a family child care home shall not be licensed as a day care center without meeting the requirements of WAC 388-150-020 (5)(a).

(b) "School-age child care center" means a program operating in a facility other than a private residence accountable for school-age children when school is not in session. It shall meet department licensing requirements, provide adult supervised care, and a variety of developmentally appropriate activities.

(c) "Family child day care home" means the same as "family child care home" and "a child day care facility" licensed by the state, located in the family abode of the person or persons under whose direct care and supervision the child is placed, for the care of twelve or fewer children, including children who reside at the home. Electrical plan review not required.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 90-19-015, 296-46-130, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 87-10-030 (Order 87-07), 296-46-130, filed 5/1/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.010 and 19.28.060. 84-15-051 (Order 84-10), 296-46-130, filed 7/17/84. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060. 81-06-037 (Order 81-5), 296-46-130, filed 2/27/81, effective 4/1/81; Order 72-7, 296-46-130, filed 6/7/72; Order 69-2, 296-46-130, filed 2/28/69, effective 4/1/69.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 93-06-072, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93)

WAC 296-46-140 Plan review for educational, institutional or health care facilities and other buildings. (1) All electrical plans for new or altered electrical installations in educational, institutional, and health or personal care occupancies classified or defined in WAC 296-46-130 ((and as indicated in WAC 296-46-150, Table 1 or 2)) shall be reviewed and approved by the department before the electrical installation or alteration is begun. Plans for these electrical installations within cities that perform electrical inspections within their jurisdiction, and provide an electrical plan review program that equals or exceeds the department's program in plans examiner minimum qualifications, policies and procedures, may be submitted to that city for review rather than to the department. Approved plans shall be available on the job site for use during the electrical installation or alteration and for use by the electrical inspector. Refer plans for department review to the Electrical Inspection Section, Department of Labor and Industries, P.O. Box 44460, Olympia, Washington 98504-4460. Please refer to WAC 296-46-910 for required fees for plan review.

(2) Plans to be reviewed by the department must be legible, identify the name and classification of the facility, clearly indicate the scope and nature of the installation and the person or firm responsible for the electrical plans. The plans shall clearly show the electrical installation or alteration in floor plan view, include switchboard and/or panelboard schedules and when a service or feeder is to be installed or altered, shall include a riser diagram, load calculation, fault current calculation and interrupting rating of equipment. Where existing electrical systems are to supply additional loads, the plans shall include documentation that proves adequate capacity and ratings.

(3) Plan review for new or altered electrical installations of other types of construction may be voluntarily requested by the owner or other interested parties.

(4) For existing structures where additions or alternations to services are proposed, NEC Article 220 shall govern, except that, in addition to the provisions of Paragraph 220-35 (1) Exception, the following ((alternative shall be considered acceptable for feeders:

If maximum demand data for one-year period is not available, other means of load measurement may be acceptable to establish demand on existing feeders. In any case, the following data are)) is required:

(a) The date of the measurements.

(b) A diagram of the electrical system identifying the point(s) of measurement.

(c) Building demand measured continuously on the highest-loaded phase of the feeder over a thirty-day period, with demand peak clearly identified. (Peak demand shall be defined as the maximum average demand over a fifteen-minute interval.)

(((d) Copies of thirty-day measurements, such as significant segments of chart recordings, or logs of readings from KW demand meters, adjusted for power factor. Copies of twelve-month service demand showing the highest demand for each month.

(e) The adjusted maximum annual demand in KVA, which shall include appropriate adjustments for seasonal loads, as shown by the twelve-month service demand. Also any occupancy adjustment that may be required and, any load changes which should be expected from planned changes in building use during the succeeding twelve months.

Plan submittal shall be accompanied by a written statement, stamped and signed by a registered professional engineer, attesting to the validity of these data.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 93-06-072, 296-46-140, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93; 90-19-015, 296-46-140, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 87-10-030 (Order 87-07), 296-46-140, filed 5/1/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.010 and 19.28.060. 84-15-051 (Order 84-10), 296-46-140, filed 7/17/84. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060. 81-06-037 (Order 81-5), 296-46-140, filed 2/27/81, effective 4/1/81; 78-02-098 (Order 77-31), 296-46-140, filed 1/31/78; Order 74-43, 296-46-140, filed 12/19/74; Order 72-7, 296-46-140, filed 6/7/72; Order 69-2, 296-46-140, filed 2/28/69, effective 4/1/69.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 93-06-072, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93)

WAC 296-46-21008 Branch circuits. ((An individual branch circuit shall be provided for the receptacle outlet(s) for dwelling unit bathrooms as defined in the National Electrical Code. Whether one or more circuits are used, these circuits shall not supply other loads.)) (Reserved.)

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 93-06-072, 296-46-21008, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93; 90-19-015, 296-46-21008, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 93-06-072, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93)

WAC 296-46-21052 Receptacles ((and switches)) in dwelling units. (((1) Receptacles and switches shall not be placed face-up on counter tops or at other locations where subject to moisture or debris entering the device.

(2) Where)) For floor receptacle outlets located out of traffic areas ((in dwelling units)), formed or welded metal boxes that are mounted in a substantial manner such as directly to a framing member shall be permitted ((for floor receptacle outlets)). An approved metal cover plate that provides protection from debris entering the device shall be used.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 93-06-072, 296-46-21052, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93; 90-19-015, 296-46-21052, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 93-06-072, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93)

WAC 296-46-225 Outside branch circuits and feeders. For the purpose of Article 225-8(b) of the National Electrical Code, ((additional buildings or structures on the same property and under single management shall be supplied by a single branch circuit or feeder, unless the provisions of the exceptions to NEC Article 230-2 apply. If application of one of these exceptions allow additional supplies, a permanent plaque or directory shall be installed at each supply location denoting all other supplies to the building or structure and the location of each)) the branch circuit or feeder raceway or cable shall extend no more than 15 feet inside a building or structure.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 93-06-072, 296-46-225, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-19-015, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90)

WAC 296-46-23028 Service or other masts. Conduit extended through the roof to provide means of attaching the service drop or other conductors shall be no smaller than 2-inch rigid steel galvanized conduit, shall provide a structurally sound attachment for the conductors and shall be equipped with a properly installed flashing at the roof line. The installation shall comply with drawings E-101 and/or E-102, or shall provide equivalent strength by other approved means. Masts for altered or relocated installations shall be permitted to comply with drawing E-103.

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Notes to drawings E-101, E-102, and E-103.

1. An approved roof flashing shall be installed on each mast where it passes through a roof. Plastic, nonhardening mastic shall be placed between lead-type flashings and the conduit. Neoprene type flashings shall also be permitted to be used.

2. Masts shall be braced, secured, and supported in such a manner that no pressure from the attached conductors will be exerted on a roof flashing, meter base, or other enclosures.

3. Utilization of couplings for a mast are permitted only below the point the mast is braced, secured, or supported.

4. Except as otherwise required by the serving utility, service mast support guys shall be installed if the service drop attaches to the mast more than 24 inches above the roof line or if the service drop is greater than 100 feet in length from the pole or support. Masts for support of other than service drops shall comply with this requirement as well.

5. Intermediate support masts shall be installed in an approved manner with methods identical or equal to those required for service masts.

6. For altered services, where it is impractical to install U bolt mast supports due to interior walls remaining closed, it shall be permissible to use other alternate mast support methods such as heavy gauge, galvanized, electrical channel material that is secured to two or more wooden studs with 5/16 inch diameter or larger galvanized lag bolts.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 90-19-015, 296-46-23028, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 93-06-072, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93)

WAC 296-46-23062 Service equipment. (1) Service equipment, sub-panels, and similar electrical equipment shall be installed so that they are readily accessible and shall not be installed in bathrooms, clothes closets, shower rooms, cupboards, or attics, or above washers, clothes dryers, or plumbed-in fixtures. All indoor service equipment and sub-panel equipment shall be adequately illuminated.

(2) Temporary construction service equipment shall not be used for other than construction purposes and shall be disconnected when the permanent service is connected unless an extension for a definite period of time is granted by the department.

(3) Equipment ground fault protection systems required by the National Electrical Code shall be tested prior to being placed into service to verify proper installation and operation of the system as determined by the manufacturer's published instructions. The test shall be performed by a firm that ((is approved by the department and)) has qualified personnel and proper equipment to perform the tests required. A copy of the manufacturer's performance testing instructions and a signed, written performance test record must be provided for the inspectors records.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 93-06-072, 296-46-23062, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93; 90-19-015, 296-46-23062, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-19-015, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90)

WAC 296-46-30001 Support of raceways and cables in suspended ceilings. Raceways, cables, and boxes shall be permitted to be supported from Number 9 and larger ((suspended ceiling support)) wires under the following conditions:

(1) Raceways and cables are not larger than 3/4 inch trade size.

(2) No more than two raceways or cables are supported by a support wire.

(3) Raceways and cables are secured to the support wires by fittings designed and manufactured for the purpose.

(4) The support wires are securely fastened to the structural ceiling and to the ceiling grid system.

(5) The raceways or cables serve equipment that is located within the ceiling cavity or is mounted on or supported by the ceiling grid system.

(6) Where not prohibited by the building code official.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 90-19-015, 296-46-30001, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 93-06-072, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93)

WAC 296-46-360 Amusement rides or structures, carnivals, circuses, and similar traveling shows. (1) Electrical installations. Service equipment, separately derived systems, feeders and circuits for each amusement ride, structure or concession and the interconnection of each ride, structure or concession, shall comply with Article 525 of the National Electrical Code and this chapter.

(2) ((Feeders and circuits for portable rides, structures or concessions shall be listed and labeled, multiconductor cord of a type identified in Table 400-4 of the National Electrical Code for hard usage or extra hard usage or as permitted under the conditions in this chapter, by individual, single conductor power cable. Ampacity shall be determined from the appropriate Table 400-5(A) or 400-5(B) in the National Electrical Code including all notes thereto.

(3))) Flexible multiconductor cords shall be connected to equipment by approved connectors designed for the purpose or by listed cord caps. Individual conductors of multiconductor cords in sizes #2 AWG and larger shall be permitted to be connected by listed and labeled connection systems (((receptacles and plugs) that ensure by design, first-make, last-break of the equipment grounding conductor)) in accordance with Article 520-53(K) of the National Electrical Code. Where conductors are connected individually by such connection systems, the outer jacket of multiconductor cord shall be secured to the electrical equipment independent from the receptacles and plugs by approved cable grips that are installed in a manner to prevent pressure from being applied to the receptacles and plugs.

(((4))) (3) Individual, single conductor, insulated, portable power cable ((of a type identified in Table 400-4 of the National Electrical Code for extra hard usage, in sizes 1/0 AWG and larger, shall be permitted to be used in the electrical distribution system provided that)), in addition to complying with Section 525-13 of the National Electrical Code, shall comply with the following:

(a) All conductors of the feeder or circuit including the equipment grounding conductor originate in the same electrical equipment and terminate in the same equipment.

(b) All conductors of the feeder or circuit including the ungrounded, grounded, and equipment grounding conductors are run together ((and)), except for portions installed within approved cable protection systems((, and installed to comply with Article 520-53 of the National Electrical Code)).

(c) ((All conductors including the grounded circuit conductor (neutral) if used, the equipment grounding conductor and the ungrounded conductors are listed and labeled cable of the same size, conductor material and insulation.

(d))) The cables are secured to the electrical equipment independent from the cable receptacles and plugs by approved cable grips that prevent pressure from being applied to the connectors.

(((e))) (d) The cables are connected to electrical equipment by approved listed and labeled connection systems ((that ensure by design, first-make, last-break of the equipment grounding conductor)) in compliance with Section 520-53(K) of the National Electrical Code.

(((5))) (4) Disconnecting means. A separate, enclosed, externally operable fused switch or circuit breaker, shall be installed on each amusement ride, structure or concession to disconnect all electrical equipment. The disconnecting means shall be readily accessible and identified as the disconnecting means. Where more than one power supply is employed, the disconnecting means shall be grouped.

(((6))) (5) Rotating equipment. Components of amusement rides or structures that rotate more than three hundred sixty degrees and which have electrically operated equipment, shall be supplied by approved collector rings that shall be totally enclosed or located so they are accessible to authorized personnel only. The collector rings shall be factory produced with an equipment grounding segment having a voltage and current rating that equals or exceeds the rating of the current carrying segments. Collector rings shall have an ampacity not less than one hundred twenty-five percent of the full-load current of the largest device served plus the full-load current of all other devices served. Collector rings for control and signal purposes shall have an ampacity not less than one hundred twenty-five percent of the full-load current of the largest device served plus the full-load current of all other devices served.

(((7))) (6) Equipment grounding. All noncurrent carrying metal parts of amusement rides and structures shall be grounded by an equipment grounding conductor routed with the feeder or circuit conductors in accordance with the National Electrical Code and these rules. The metallic structure shall not be used as a current carrying conductor.

Exception: The metallic structure shall be permitted to be used as the return path for low voltage systems that do not exceed thirty volts, provided that the ungrounded conductors are protected by an overcurrent device in accordance with the National Electrical Code and the system is factory built for such use.

(((8))) (7) Existing amusement rides, concessions or games electrical systems shall comply with the National Electrical Code and shall be maintained in full compliance. Where new amusement rides, concessions or games are purchased, manufactured or constructed, or where existing rides, concessions or games have major modification, the electrical system shall comply with this chapter and the edition of the National Electrical Code in effect at that time. All rides, concessions, and games shall be identified in or on the disconnecting means as well as by make, model and serial number in records furnished to the department with the edition of the National Electrical Code the electrical system is intended to comply with.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 93-06-072, 296-46-360, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93; 90-19-015, 296-46-360, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 86-18-041 (Order 86-23), 296-46-360, filed 8/29/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.010 and 19.28.060. 84-15-051 (Order 84-10), 296-46-360, filed 7/17/84; Order 69-2, 296-46-360, filed 2/28/69, effective 4/1/69.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 87-07, filed 5/1/87)

WAC 296-46-370 ((Boat moorages, floating buildings, and similar installations. Docks, wharves, boat moorages, floating buildings, and similar facilities in addition to complying with the appropriate sections of Article 553 or Article 555 of the National Electrical Code shall have a service disconnect located on the shoreline.

Where shore power is provided, each floating building or boat moorage berth shall have a disconnecting means located within sight of and not more than fifty feet from each floating building or berth. The disconnecting means shall be installed adjacent to but not in or on the floating building. Conductors in excess of 600 volts, nominal shall not be installed on floating portions of marinas, docks, or wharves. Refer to the Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards, NFPA 303 for additional information.)) (Reserved.)

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 87-10-030 (Order 87-07), 296-46-370, filed 5/1/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.010 and 19.28.060. 84-15-051 (Order 84-10), 296-46-370, filed 7/17/84; Order 75-25, 296-46-370, filed 8/4/75; Order 72-7, 296-46-370, filed 6/7/72; Order 69-2, 296-46-370, filed 2/28/69, effective 4/1/69.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 93-06-072, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93)

WAC 296-46-514 Gasoline dispensing and service stations ((and propane equipment)). ((In addition to complying with Article 514 of the National Electrical Code, each circuit leading to or through a gasoline pump shall be provided with an emergency disconnect switch or other approved means which shall simultaneously disconnect all circuit conductors including the grounded circuit conductor if any.))

The gasoline pump disconnecting means or operator shall be substantially red in color and identified with a sign as the emergency disconnecting means. The disconnecting means or operator shall be readily accessible and shall be located outdoors and within sight of the gasoline pump or dispenser ((the disconnect)) it controls. For multicircuit installations an electrically held contactor shall be permitted to be used.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 93-06-072, 296-46-514, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93; 90-19-015, 296-46-514, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 87-10-030 (Order 87-07), 296-46-514, filed 5/1/87.]

NEW SECTION

WAC 296-46-553 Boat moorages, floating buildings, and similar installations. Docks, wharves, boat moorage's, floating buildings, and similar facilities in addition to complying with the appropriate sections of Article 553 or Article 555 of the National Electrical Code shall have a service rated disconnect located on the shoreline. Extra-hard usage portable power cable may only be used when extending a feeder between the structures indicated above where flexibility is required and must be connected to an approved wiring method within the first 15 feet of the end where flexibility is required.

Where shore power is provided, each floating building or boat moorage berth shall have a disconnecting means located within sight of and not more than fifty feet from each floating building or berth. The disconnecting means shall be installed adjacent to but not in or on the floating building. Conductors operating in excess of 600 volts, nominal shall not be installed on floating portions of marinas, docks, or wharves. Refer to the Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards, NFPA 303 for additional information.

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AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 93-06-072, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93)

WAC 296-46-700 Emergency systems. (1) Exit and emergency lights shall be installed in accordance with the National Electrical Code, Article 700, and currently adopted edition of the Uniform Building Code in all health or personal care facilities defined in WAC 296-46-130, educational facilities, institutional facilities, hotels, motels, and places of assembly for one hundred or more persons. Installation shall be made in strict accordance with the National Electrical Code, Article 700((, and WAC 296-46-150)).

(2) ((Fire alarm systems. Fire alarm systems required by a city, county or state ordinance, statute, or regulation shall be installed in accordance with the National Electrical Code and this chapter. Power-limited fire alarm systems shall be permitted to be installed in metallic raceways using conductors shown in Section 760-16(b) of the National Electrical Code for nonpower-limited circuits or those 600 volt conductors which are rated for 90 degrees C or greater in Table 310-13 of the National Electrical Code.

(3))) Junction boxes for fire alarm systems other than the surface raceway type, shall be substantially red in color. Power-limited fire protective signalling circuit conductors shall be durably and plainly marked in or on junction boxes or other enclosures to indicate that it is a power-limited fire protective signalling circuit. Conductors for light, heat, or power shall not be installed in any enclosure, raceway, cable, compartment, outlet box, or similar fitting containing fire alarm conductors.

(((4))) (3) All boxes and enclosures, including transfer switches, generators, and power panels for emergency systems and circuits shall be permanently marked with an adhesive label or decal or similar approved means that is suitable for the environment and is substantially red in color.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 93-06-072, 296-46-700, filed 3/2/93, effective 4/2/93; 90-19-015, 296-46-700, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-19-015, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90)

WAC 296-46-725 Class 2 and Class 3 cables. Class 2 and Class 3 cables shall be secured in compliance with Section ((336-15)) 336-18 of the National Electrical Code and shall be secured to boxes in compliance with Section ((370-7)) 370-17 of the National Electrical Code. Raceways for Class 2 and Class 3 conductors shall be installed in compliance with Chapter 3 of the National Electrical Code.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1) and 19.28.600. 90-19-015, 296-46-725, filed 9/10/90, effective 10/11/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 92-08-102, filed 4/1/92, effective 5/2/92)

WAC 296-46-910 Inspection fees. To calculate the inspection fees, the amperage is based on the conductor ampacity or the overcurrent device rating.

(1) residential

(a) Single and two family residential (new construction)

(i) First 1300 sq. ft. or less (($60)) $62

Each additional 500 sq. ft. or portion of $20

(ii) Each outbuilding or detached garage inspected with the service (((see note))) (($25))

$26

(iii) Each outbuilding or detached garage inspected separately $41

((Note: When not inspected at same time as service, refer to (b) of this subsection))

(b) Multifamily residential (new construction)

Each service and or feeder

Service

Ampacity Service Feeder

0 to 200 ((65)) 67 $ 20

201 to 400 ((80)) 83 ((40)) 41

401 to 600 ((110)) 114 ((55)) 57

601 to 800 ((140)) 146 ((75)) 78

801 and over ((200)) 208 ((150)) 156

(c) Single family or multifamily altered services including circuits

(i) Service Service or

Ampacity Feeder

0 to 200 $ ((55)) 57

201 to 600 ((80)) 83

over 600 ((120)) 125

(ii) Maintenance or repair of meter or mast (no alterations to service or feeder) (($30))

$31

(d) Single or multi-family residential circuits only (no service inspection)

(i) 1 to 4 circuits (see note) (($40))

$41

(ii) Each additional circuit 5

Note: Total fee per panel not to exceed (c)(i) of this subsection Service/Feeder

(e) Mobile homes; mobile home parks; and RV parks

(i) Mobile home service or feeder only (($40))

$41

(ii) Mobile home service and feeder ((65))

67

(iii) Mobile home park sites and RV park sites

(A) First service or feeder ((40))

41

(B) Each additional service; or a feeder inspected at same time as service ((25))

26

Note: For master service installations, see subsection (2).

(2) commercial/industrial

(a) Service/feeder; and feeders inspected at the same time as service (circuits included)

(i) Service/ Service/ Additional

Feeder Feeder Feeder

Ampacity inspected

at the

same time

0 to 100 $ ((65)) 67 $ ((40)) 41

101 to 200 ((80)) 83 ((50)) 52

201 to 400 ((150)) 156 ((60)) 62

401 to 600 ((175)) 182 ((70)) 73

601 to 800 ((225)) 235 ((95)) 99

801 to 1000 ((275)) 287 ((115)) 120

Over 1000 ((300)) 313 ((160)) 167

(ii) Over 600 volts surcharge (($50))

$52

(b) Altered services or feeders (no circuits)

(i) Service Service/

Ampacity Feeder

0 to 200 $ ((65)) 67

201 to 600 ((150)) 156

601 to 1000 ((225)) 235

Over 1000 ((250)) 261

(ii) Over 600 volts surcharge (($50))

$52

(iii) Maintenance or repair of meter or mast (no alteration of service equipment) ((55))

57

(c) Circuits only

(i) First five circuits per branch circuit panel (($50))

$52

(ii) Each additional circuit per branch circuit panel 5

Note: Total fee per panel not to exceed (a)(i) of this subsection service/feeder

(3) temporary services

(a) Residential (($35))

$36

(b) Commercial/industrial

Service or Feeder

Ampacity

0 to 100 (($40)) $41

101 to 200 ((50)) 52

201 to 400 ((60)) 62

401 to 600 ((80)) 83

Over 600 ((90)) 94

Each additional feeder inspected at the same time as service or first feeder add 50% of the fee above.

(4) irrigation machines, pumps and equipment

Irrigation machines

(a) Each tower when inspected at same time as service and feeder $5

(b) When not inspected at same time as service and feeders - first 6 ((60))

62

Each additional tower per (a) of this

subsection 5

(5) miscellaneous - commercial/industrial and residential

(a) Thermostats

(i) First thermostat (($30))

$31

(ii) Each additional thermostat inspected at the same time as first thermostat 10

Note: Thermostat is defined as:

(A) A device that interrupts electrical current while performing its function of controlling building, zonal, or room environmental air temperature; or

(B) In the case of environmental air temperature control by the use of sensors which do not interrupt current but rather transmit data to a zonal or central processing unit, "Thermostat" shall be considered to be the circuit extending from the central processing unit to the local controller. At times this local unit could control several zones or rooms individually or in concert.

(b) Low voltage fire alarm and burglar alarm

(i) First 2500 sq. ft. or less. Includes nurse call intercom, security systems and similar low energy circuits and equipment (($35))

$36

(ii) Each additional 500 sq. ft. or portion thereof 10

Exception: Low voltage fire alarm and burglar alarm for commercial and industrial

Each control panel and up to four circuits or

zones $29

Each additional circuit or zone 7

(c) Signs and outline lighting

(i) First sign (no service) (($30))

$31

(ii) Each additional sign inspected at the same time on the same bldg. or structure 15

(d) Berth at a marina or dock (($40))

$41

Each additional berth inspected at the

same time ((25))

26

(e) Yard pole meter loops only (($40))

$41

Meters installed remote from service equipment: Inspected at same time as service, temporary service or other installations 10

(f) Emergency inspections requested outside normal work hours. Regular fee plus surcharge of (($75))

$78

(g) Generators, refer to appropriate service/feeder section

(((i) 50 KVA or less $50

(ii) Each additional 50 KVA or portion thereof 10))

(h) Annual permit fee for plant location employing regular electrical maintenance staff - Each inspection two hour maximum.

Fee Inspections

1 to 3 plant electricians (($1,430)) 12

$1,493

4 to 6 plant electricians ((2,860)) 24

2,987

7 to 12 plant electricians ((4,290)) 36

4,480

13 to 25 plant electricians ((5,720)) 52

5,974

more than 25 plant electricians ((7,150)) 52

7,468

(i) Carnival inspections

(i) First field inspection each year

(A) Each ride and generator truck $15

(B) Each remote distribution equipment, concession or gaming show 5

(C) Minimum fee ((75))

78

(ii) Subsequent inspections

(A) First 10 rides, concessions, generators, remote distribution equipment or gaming show

(($75))

$78

(B) Each additional ride, concession, generator, remote distribution equipment or gaming show 5

(j) Trip fees

(i) Requests to inspect existing

installations (($60))

$62

(ii) Submitter notifies the department that work is ready for inspection when it is not ((30))

31

(iii) Additional inspection required because submitter has provided wrong address ((30))

31

(iv) More than one additional inspection required to inspect corrections; or for repeated neglect, carelessness, or improperly installed electrical work ((30))

31

(v) Each trip necessary to remove a noncompliance notice ((30))

31

(vi) Corrections have not been made in the prescribed time, unless an exception has been requested and granted ((30))

31

(((k) Double fees will be charged for:

(i))) (vii) Installations that are covered or concealed before inspection. 31

(((ii) Failure to obtain an electrical work permit prior to beginning the installation or alteration.

Exception: Electrical work permits for emergency repairs to existing electrical systems shall be obtained the next business day.

(l))) (k) Progress inspections

On partial or progress inspections, each one-half hour (($30))

$31

(((m))) (l) Plan review fee

(i) Fee is thirty-five percent of the electrical work permit fee as determined by WAC 296-46-495, plus a plan submission fee of (($50))

$52

(ii) Supplemental submissions of plans per hour or fraction of an hour (($60))

$62

(((n))) (m) Other inspections

Inspections not covered by above inspection fees shall be charged portal to portal per hour (($60))

$62

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1), 19.28.600 and 19.28.210(6). 92-08-102, 296-46-910, filed 4/1/92, effective 5/2/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060 and 19.28.210(6). 90-17-041, 296-46-910, filed 8/10/90, effective 9/10/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 87-10-030 (Order 87-07), 296-46-910, filed 5/1/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060 and 19.28.210. 85-20-065 (Order 85-16), 296-46-910, filed 9/27/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.210. 83-16-058 (Order 83-20), 296-46-910, filed 8/2/83. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060 and 19.28.210. 82-18-036 (Order 82-29), 296-46-910, filed 8/26/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060. 81-06-037 (Order 81-5), 296-46-910, filed 2/27/81, effective 4/1/81; 78-02-098 (Order 77-31), 296-46-910, filed 1/31/78.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 92-08-102, filed 4/1/92, effective 5/2/92)

WAC 296-46-915 Electrical contractor license, administrator certificate and examination, and copy fees.

(1) General or specialty contractor license (per twenty-four month period) (($200)) $208

(2) Administrator certificate examination application (nonrefundable) (($ 25)) $ 26

(3) Administrator original certificate (submitted with application) (($ 60)) $ 62

(4) Administrator certificate renewal (per twenty-four month period) (($ 75)) $ 78

(5) Late renewal of administrator certificate (per twenty-four month period) (($150)) $156

(6) Transfer of administrator designation ((within 10 days)) (($ 30)) $ 31

((after 10 days $ 60))

(7) Certified copy of each document (maximum $44 per file)

$20 first document

$2 each additional document

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1), 19.28.600, 19.28.120(2) and 19.28.510(2). 92-08-102, 296-46-915, filed 4/1/92, effective 5/2/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.120(2) and 19.28.510(2). 90-17-041, 296-46-915, filed 8/10/90, effective 9/10/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 86-18-041 (Order 86-23), 296-46-915, filed 8/29/86.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 87-07, filed 5/1/87)

WAC 296-46-920 Civil penalty. A person, firm, partnership, corporation or other entity that violates a provision of chapter 19.28 RCW, chapter 296-46 or 296-401 WAC is liable for a civil penalty based upon the following schedule.

(1) Offering to perform, submitting First offense: $ 500

a bid for, installing or maintaining Second offense: $ 1,000

conductors or equipment that convey Third offense: $ 3,000

or utilize electrical current without Each offense

having an unexpired, unrevoked and thereafter: $ 5,000

unsuspended electrical contractor

license.

(2) Employing an individual for the First offense: $ 50

purposes of RCW 19.28.510 through Second offense: $ 100

19.28.620 who does not possess a Each offense

valid certificate of competency or thereafter: $ 250

training certificate.

(3) Working as an electrician or First offense: $ 50

electrical trainee in the electrical Second offense: $ 100

construction trade without having a Each offense

valid certificate of competency or thereafter: $ 250

electrical training certificate.

(4) Employing electricians and First offense: $ 50

trainees in an improper ratio. Second offense: $ 100

Each additional

offense: $ 250

(5) Failing to provide supervision to First offense: $ 50

an electrical trainee as required by Second offense: $ 100

RCW 19.28.510. Each additional

offense: $ 250

(6) Working as an electrical trainee First offense: $ 50

without proper supervision as required Second offense: $ 100

by RCW 19.28.510. Each additional

offense: $ 250

(7) Performing electrical First offense: $ 250

installations, alterations or Second offense: $ 500

maintenance outside the scope of Each additional

the firm's specialty electrical offense: $ 1,000

contractors license.

(8) Selling or exchanging electrical First offense: $ 500

equipment associated with spas, hot Second offense: $ 1,000

tubs, swimming pools or hydromassage Each additional

bathtubs which is not listed and offense: $ 2,000

labeled by an approved electrical

testing laboratory.

Definition: The sale or exchange of electrical components associated with hot tubs, spas, swimming pools or hydromassage bathtubs means: "Sell, offer for sale, advertise, display for sale, dispose of by way of gift, loan, rental, lease, premium, barter or exchange."

(9) Covering or concealing First offense: $ 500

installations prior to inspection. Second offense: $ 1,000

Each additional

offense: $ 2,000

(10) Failing to make corrections First offense: $ 250

within fifteen days of notification by Second offense: $ 500

the department. Exception: Where Each additional

an extension has been requested and offense: $ 1,000

granted, this penalty applies to

corrections not completed within the

extended time period.

(11) Failing to obtain an electrical First offense: $ 250

work permit prior to beginning the Homeowner: $ 50

installation or alteration. Second offense: $ 500

Exception: In cases of emergency Each additional

repairs to existing electrical systems, offense: $ 1,000

this penalty will not be charged if

the permit is obtained no later than

the business day following completion

of the emergency repair.

(((9))) (12) Violating any of the First offense: $ 50

provisions of chapter 19.28 RCW Second offense: $ 100

or chapters 296-46 or 296-401 WAC Each additional

which are not identified offense: $ 250

in subsections (1) through

(((8))) (11) of this section.

(((10))) (13) Each day that a violation occurs will be a separate offense. A violation will be a "second" or "additional" offense only if it occurs within one year from the first violation.

(((11))) (14) In case of continued, repeated or gross violation of the provisions of chapter 19.28 RCW, chapter 296-46 or 296-401 WAC or if property damage or bodily injury occurs as a result of the failure of a person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity to comply with chapter 19.28 RCW, the department may double the penalty amounts shown in subsections (1) through (((9))) (12) of this section.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 87-10-030 (Order 87-07), 296-46-920, filed 5/1/87; 86-18-041 (Order 86-23), 296-46-920, filed 8/29/86.]

REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:

WAC 296-46-150 Wiring methods for designated building occupancies.

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 88-15, filed 7/21/88)

WAC 296-401-080 Eligibility for journeyman examination. A person holding an electrical training certificate who has: (1) Been employed under the direct supervision of a journeyman electrician for four years, or (2) has completed a four year apprenticeship program in the electrical construction trade that is registered with the state apprenticeship council or the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, or (3) ((is a graduate of a trade school program in the electrical construction trade that was established during 1946, shall be eligible to take the examination for a journeyman certificate of competency.)) a person who has had two years of schooling under the conditions provided in RCW 19.28.530 in addition to two years of employment under the direct supervision of a journeyman electrician shall be eligible to take the examination for a journeyman certificate of competency.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060. 88-16-002 (Order 88-15), 296-401-080, filed 7/21/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 86-18-041 (Order 86-23), 296-401-080, filed 8/29/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060. 81-06-037 (Order 81-5), 296-401-080, filed 2/27/81, effective 4/1/81. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.37.130. 80-02-052 (Order 80-1), 296-401-080, filed 1/16/80.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 88-15, filed 7/21/88)

WAC 296-401-090 Status of person who has failed an examination for an electrician certificate of competency. (1) A person who fails an examination for an electrician certificate of competency may take a training or refresher course that has been approved by the electrical board and may work in the electrical construction trade only if the person has a valid electrician training certificate or temporary permit. ((A person is eligible to retake an examination upon application and payment of applicable fees only upon satisfactory completion of an approved electrician training or refresher course.))

(2) A person who has a training certificate and((/or)) who is taking a refresher course shall work only under the supervision of a certificated electrician.

(((3) Upon application, the department may issue an electrician training certificate to a person who has failed an examination for a certificate of competency, only if the person furnishes evidence of enrollment in an electrician training or refresher course which is approved by the electrical board. To be eligible to renew the training certificate, the person must furnish evidence of, (a) successfully completing the electrician training or refresher course, and (b) failing the certificate of competency again.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060. 88-16-002 (Order 88-15), 296-401-090, filed 7/21/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 86-18-041 (Order 86-23), 296-401-090, filed 8/29/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.37.130. 80-02-052 (Order 80-1), 296-401-090, filed 1/16/80.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 88-15, filed 7/21/88)

WAC 296-401-100 Computation of years of employment--Renewal of training certificates. (1) For the purposes of RCW 19.28.530, ((1800)) 2000 hours of employment shall be considered one year of employment.

(2) At the time of renewal of an electrical training certificate, the holder shall provide the department with an accurate list of the holder's employers in the electrical industry for the previous year, the specialty the holder worked in and the number of hours worked for each employer in each specialty.

(3) The employer or apprenticeship program director shall upon request by the holder of the training certificate furnish an accurate list of the hours worked by the holder within twenty days of the request.

(4) A person who has completed a four year apprenticeship program in the electrical construction trade that is registered with the state apprenticeship council or the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training shall be considered to have completed ((7200)) 8000 hours (four years) of employment.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060. 88-16-002 (Order 88-15), 296-401-100, filed 7/21/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 86-18-041 (Order 86-23), 296-401-100, filed 8/29/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060. 81-06-037 (Order 81-5), 296-401-100, filed 2/27/81, effective 4/1/81. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.37.130. 80-02-052 (Order 80-1), 296-401-100, filed 1/16/80.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 88-15, filed 7/21/88)

WAC 296-401-120 Electrical training certificates. (1) The department upon proper application and verification shall issue separate electrical training certificates for the first, second, third, and fourth years of training. If a person has ((1800)) 2000 hours of employment or less in the electrical construction trade, the department shall issue the individual a first year certificate; if more than ((1800)) 2000 through ((3600)) 4000 hours, a second year certificate; if more than ((3600)) 4000 through ((5400)) 6000 hours, a third year certificate; and if more than ((5400)) 6000 hours a fourth year certificate.

(2) A holder of an electrical training certificate may apply for the next year's certificate whenever he or she has sufficient hours of employment.

(3) A holder of an electrical training certificate may apply for authorization to work without supervision if he or she has over ((6299)) 7000 hours of employment, and has successfully completed or is currently enrolled in an approved apprenticeship program or in a technical school program in the electrical construction trade in a school approved by the superintendent of public instruction.

(4) The department shall not issue an electrical training certificate to a person who is eligible for a temporary or reciprocal electrician certificate of competency.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060. 88-16-002 (Order 88-15), 296-401-120, filed 7/21/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 86-18-041 (Order 86-23), 296-401-120, filed 8/29/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.37.130. 80-02-052 (Order 80-1), 296-401-120, filed 1/16/80.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 94-01-005, filed 12/1/93, effective 1/1/94)

WAC 296-401-165 Issuing and renewing an electrician certificate of competency. (1) The department shall issue an electrician certificate of competency to journeyman or specialty electricians who meet the qualifications in RCW 19.28.530 and who have successfully passed a certification examination in accordance with RCW 19.28.540.

(2) The electrician certificate of competency shall expire on the ((dates identified in subsection (4) of this section)) holder's birthdate at least one year and not more than three years from the date of original issue. All subsequent certificates shall be issued for a three-year period. The department shall prorate the original electrician certification fee according to the number of months or major part of a month in a certificate period.

(3) ((An individual who successfully passes an examination for a certificate of competency, shall apply for a certificate of competency within thirty days of the date the person is notified about the results of the examination. A person who does not apply for a certificate of competency within thirty days of the date the person is notified about the results of the examination, shall be required to apply for, take and pass the examination again.

(4)(a) The certificate of electricians whose last name begins with the letters A through K will expire on April 30.

(b) The certificate of electricians whose last name begins with the letters L through Z will expire on October 31.

(c) The expiration of the certificate identified in (a) and (b) of this subsection shall be not less than six months nor more than three years from the original date of issuance.

(5))) Certificate renewal requirements.

(a) Beginning April 30, 1997, to renew an electrician certificate of competency the holder must, prior to the expiration date of the certificate, remit the appropriate fee identified in WAC 296-401-175 and provide to the department evidence of the completion of approved continuing education course(s) of at least eight classroom hours duration per year of the prior certification period. Any portion of a year is equal to one year for continuing education requirements.

(b) An electrician certificate will be renewed within ninety days after the expiration date without reexamination, if the applicant furnishes to the department evidence of completion of approved continuing education course(s) of at least eight classroom hours duration per year of the prior certification, by payment of double the fee identified in WAC 296-401-175. All applications for renewal received more than ninety days after the expiration date of the certificate will require passage of the examination provided by RCW 19.28.540 for recertification.

(c) An electrician certificate will be renewed but will be placed in an inactive status if the renewal process concerning the remittance of application and proper fees complies with (a) or (b) of this subsection but the applicant has not completed the required hours of continuing education course(s). Persons holding a certificate placed in an inactive status will not be permitted to engage in the electrical construction trade. Certificates placed in an inactive status will be returned to active status upon presentation to the department of evidence that all classroom hours of continuing education that were required for renewal have been completed.

(d) Each application for renewal of a prior certification that covered a period of two years or more must include evidence of attendance at an approved continuing education class, of at least eight classroom hours duration, on the ((latest)) current National Electrical Code changes.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.550. 94-01-005, 296-401-165, filed 12/1/93, effective 1/1/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 86-18-041 (Order 86-23), 296-401-165, filed 8/29/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.120 and 19.28.510. 83-23-053 (Order 83-32), 296-401-165, filed 11/14/83.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-15-034, filed 7/12/95, effective 8/14/95)

WAC 296-401-175 Journeyman, specialty and trainee certificate, and examination fees.

(1) Journeyman or specialty electrician

certificate renewal (per 36-month

period) - (($ 60))

$ 62

(2) Late renewal of journeyman or specialty

electrician certificate (per 36-month

period) - (($120))

$125

(3) Journeyman or specialty electrician

examination application (nonrefundable) - (($ 25))

$ 26

(4) Journeyman or specialty electrician

original certificate

(([(submitted with application)]))

(submitted with application) - (($ 40))

$ 41

(5) Trainee certificate (expires one

year after purchase) - $ 20

(6) Trainee certificate renewal or

update of hours - $ 20

(7) Journeyman or specialty electrician test

or retest fee - (($ 45))

$ 47

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 19.28 RCW (RCW 19.28.060, [19.28].550, [19.28].600). 95-15-034, 296-401-175, filed 7/12/95, effective 8/14/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.010(1), 19.28.600, 19.28.510(2), 19.28.540(2) and 19.28.550. 92-09-010, 296-401-175, filed 4/2/92, effective 5/3/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600, 19.28.510(2), 19.28.540(2) and 19.28.550. 90-17-041, 296-401-175, filed 8/10/90, effective 9/10/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, 19.28.600 and chapter 19.28 RCW. 86-18-041 (Order 86-23), 296-401-175, filed 8/29/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060 and 19.28.210. 85-20-065 (Order 85-16), 296-401-175, filed 9/27/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.120 and 19.28.510. 83-23-053 (Order 83-32), 296-401-175, filed 11/14/83.]

NOTES:

Reviser's note: RCW 34.05.395 requires the use of underlining and deletion marks to indicate amendments to existing rules, and deems ineffectual changes not filed by the agency in this manner. The bracketed material in the above section does not appear to conform to the statutory requirement.

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