WSR 97-10-064

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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

Gary Moore

Director

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

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 this subsection

(b) Multifamily residential (new construction)

Each service and or feeder

Service

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 including circuits

(i) Service Service or

Ampacity Feeder

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 service inspection)

(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 Service/Feeder

(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).

(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 $ 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/

Ampacity Feeder

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 service/feeder

(3) temporary services

(a) Residential $35

(b) Commercial/industrial

Service or Feeder

Ampacity

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

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

Each additional tower per (a) of this

subsection 5

(5) miscellaneous - commercial/industrial and residential

(a) Thermostats

(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

(g) Generators

(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

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

installations $60

(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 granted 30

(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 day.

(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 hour $60

(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.]

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