LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
[Filed May 2, 1997, 3:27 p.m.]
Date of Adoption: May 2, 1997.
Purpose: In order to protect the residents of Washington state and to further the conservation of electricity, a reduced inspection fee is established for the inspection of residential water heater load control devices installed as part of an energy conservation program funded through the conservation resource acquisition agreement program. The savings from the reduced permit fee shall be deposited into a fund to be used to correct existing code violations on the circuit which is altered.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 296-46-910 Inspection fees.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 19.28.060.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: The safety of Washington residents is jeopardized due to hazardous wiring conditions on existing circuits which will be modified as part of an electrical energy conservation program. A reduced permit fee will allow program sponsors to upgrade existing substandard wiring to meet current safety code requirements and to ensure the goals of the electricity conservation program will be met.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
May 2, 1997
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 92-08-102, filed 4/1/92, effective
WAC 296-46-910 Inspection fees. To calculate the inspection fees, the amperage is based on the conductor ampacity or the overcurrent device rating.
(a) Single and two family residential (new construction)
(i) First 1300 sq. ft. or less $60
Each additional 500 sq. ft. or portion of $20
(ii) Each outbuilding or detached garage inspected with
the service (see note) $25
Note: When not inspected at same time as service, refer to (b) of
(b) Multifamily residential (new construction)
Each service and or feeder
Ampacity Service Feeder
0 to 200 65 $ 20
201 to 400 80 40
401 to 600 110 55
601 to 800 140 75
801 and over 200 150
(c) Single family or multifamily altered services
(i) Service Service or
0 to 200 $ 55
201 to 600 80
over 600 120
(ii) Maintenance or repair of meter or mast (no alterations to service or feeder) $30
(d) Single or multi-family residential circuits only (no
(i) 1 to 4 circuits (see note) $40
Except: Water heater load control devices installed in residences
as part of an energy conservation program funded through the Conservation
Resource Acquisition Agreement Program $25
If a water heater load control device is installed on an existing
circuit, as part of a specified energy conservation program, the permit
fee shall be $25 instead of $40. The $15 difference must be deposited
into a fund, established and controlled by the conservation program
manager, to be used to correct existing code violations on the altered
circuit in which the water heater load control equipment is installed.
(ii) Each additional circuit 5
Note: Total fee per panel not to exceed (c)(i) of this subsection
(e) Mobile homes; mobile home parks; and RV parks
(i) Mobile home service or feeder only $40
(ii) Mobile home service and feeder 65
(iii) Mobile home park sites and RV park sites
(A) First service or feeder 40
(B) Each additional service; or a feeder inspected at
same time as service 25
Note: For master service installations, see subsection (2).
(a) Service/feeder; and feeders inspected at the same
time as service (circuits included)
(i) Service/ Service/ Additional
Feeder Feeder Feeder
0 to 100 $ 65 $ 40
101 to 200 80 50
201 to 400 150 60
401 to 600 175 70
601 to 800 225 95
801 to 1000 275 115
Over 1000 300 160
(ii) Over 600 volts surcharge $50
(b) Altered services or feeders (no circuits)
(i) Service Service/
0 to 200 $ 65
201 to 600 150
601 to 1000 225
Over 1000 250
(ii) Over 600 volts surcharge $50
(iii) Maintenance or repair of meter or mast (no
alteration of service equipment) 55
(c) Circuits only
(i) First five circuits per branch circuit panel $50
(ii) Each additional circuit per branch circuit panel 5
Note: Total fee per panel not to exceed (a)(i) of this subsection
(3) temporary services
(a) Residential $35
Service or Feeder
0 to 100 $40
101 to 200 50
201 to 400 60
401 to 600 80
Over 600 90
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
(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
Each additional tower per (a) of this
(5) miscellaneous - commercial/industrial and residential
(i) First thermostat $30
(ii) Each additional thermostat inspected at the same
time as first thermostat 10
(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
(ii) Each additional 500 sq. ft. or portion thereof 10
(c) Signs and outline lighting
(i) First sign (no service) $30
(ii) Each additional sign inspected at the same time on
the same bldg. or structure 15
(d) Berth at a marina or dock $40
Each additional berth inspected at the
same time 25
(e) Yard pole meter loops only $40
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
(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.
1 to 3 plant electricians $1,430 12
4 to 6 plant electricians 2,860 24
7 to 12 plant electricians 4,290 36
13 to 25 plant electricians 5,720 52
more than 25 plant electricians 7,150 52
(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
(ii) Subsequent inspections
(A) First 10 rides, concessions, generators, remote distribution equipment or gaming show $75
(B) Each additional ride, concession, generator, remote
distribution equipment or gaming show 5
(j) Trip fees
(i) Requests to inspect existing
(ii) Submitter notifies the department that work is ready for inspection when it is not 30
(iii) Additional inspection required because submitter has provided wrong address 30
(iv) More than one additional inspection required to inspect corrections; or for repeated neglect, carelessness, or improperly installed electrical work 30
(v) Each trip necessary to remove a noncompliance notice 30
(vi) Corrections have not been made in the prescribed
time, unless an exception has been requested and
(k) Double fees will be charged for:
(i) Installations that are covered or concealed before inspection.
(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
(l) Progress inspections
On partial or progress inspections, each one-half hour $30
(m) 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
(ii) Supplemental submissions of plans per hour or fraction of an
(n) Other inspections
Inspections not covered by above inspection fees shall be
charged portal to portal per hour $60
[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.]