FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
AND LAND SURVEYORS
Effective Date of Rule: July 1, 2008.
Purpose: Amendments are necessary to address the stamp/seal usage of professional engineers and/or professional land surveyors in their everyday practice. Professional engineers and/or professional land surveyors are taking advantage of current technology by sending their work product electronically.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending chapter 196-23 WAC.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.43.035.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 07-23-067 on November 19, 2007.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: March 21, 2008.
George A. Twiss
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-22-036, filed 10/25/06, effective 11/25/06)
WAC 196-23-010 Seals. All individuals licensed in accordance with chapter 18.43 RCW ((
shall procure)) must
utilize a seal/stamp that conforms to the design as authorized
by the board. It is the responsibility of the licensee to
maintain control over the use of his/her stamp/seal. The
impression or image of the seal/stamp (( shall)) must conform
to the below-illustrated design and be of a size that assures
full legibility of the following required information:
(1) State of Washington;
(2) Registered professional engineer or registered professional land surveyor;
(3) Certificate number;
(4) Licensee's name as shown on wall certificate((
(5) Date of license expiration. (Expiration date to be handwritten by licensee.))).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.43.035. 06-22-036, § 196-23-010, filed 10/25/06, effective 11/25/06; 99-15-058, § 196-23-010, filed 7/15/99, effective 8/15/99.]
(1) Final documents are those documents that are prepared
and distributed for filing with public officials, use for
construction, final agency approvals or use by clients. Any
final document must contain the seal/stamp, ((
license expiration date by the licensee[,])) signature and
date of signature of the licensee who prepared or directly
supervised the work. For the purpose of this section
"document" is defined as plans, specifications, plats,
surveys(( [,])), as-built documents prepared by the
licensee(( [,])), and reports.
(2) Preliminary documents are those documents not considered final as defined herein, but are released or distributed by the licensee. Preliminary documents must be clearly identified as "PRELIMINARY" or contain such wording so it may be differentiated from a final document. Preliminary documents must be stamped, but need not be signed or dated by the licensee.
(3) Plan sets: Every page of a plan set must contain the seal/stamp, signature of the licensee(s) who prepared or who had direct supervision over the preparation of the work, and date of signature.
(a) Plans/plats containing work prepared by or under the
direct supervision of more than one licensee should be
[/])) and dated by each licensee and shall
clearly note the extent of each licensee's responsibility.
(b) As provided for in subsections (1) and (2) of this section, each page of a plan set must contain the seal/stamp of the licensee who prepared or who had direct supervision over the preparation of the work.
(c) Plan/plat sheets containing and/or depicting background and/or supporting information that is duplicated from other plans need only be sealed/stamped by the licensee(s) who prepared or was in direct supervision of the design. The origin of the background information shall be noted on the plan sheet.
(d) All design revisions to final plan/plat sheets shall
[shall])) clearly identify on each sheet; the revisions made
and shall contain the name and seal of the licensee, and
signature of the licensee with the date the sheet was sealed.
(4) Specifications: Specifications that are prepared by or under the direct supervision of a licensee shall contain the seal/stamp, signature of the licensee and the date of signature. If the specifications prepared by a licensee are a portion of a bound specification document that contains specifications other than that of an engineering or land surveying nature, the licensee need only seal/stamp that portion or portions of the documents for which the licensee is responsible. Nothing herein should be construed to require that each page of an engineering or land surveying specification be sealed/stamped by the licensee.
(5) Document review: When a licensee is required to review work prepared by another professional engineer or land surveyor, the reviewing licensee shall fully review those documents and shall prepare a report that discusses the findings of the review with any supporting calculations and sketches. The reviewing licensee would then seal/stamp, sign and date the report. The report would make reference to and/or be attached to the subject document(s) reviewed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.43.035. 06-22-036, § 196-23-020, filed 10/25/06, effective 11/25/06; 99-15-055, § 196-23-020, filed 7/15/99, effective 8/15/99.]
(1) A handwritten identification that represents the act of putting one's name on a document to attest to its validity. The handwritten identification must be:
(a) Original and written by hand;
(b) Permanently affixed to the document(s) being certified;
(c) Applied to the document by the identified
(d) Placed directly over the seal/stamp of the licensee.
(2) A digital identification that is an electronic authentication process attached to or logically associated with an electronic document. The digital identification may include a scanned or digitized signature. The digital identification must be:
(a) Unique to the licensee using it;
(b) Capable of independent verification;
(c) Under the exclusive control of the licensee using it;
(d) Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital identification is invalidated if any data in the document is changed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.43.035. 06-22-036, § 196-23-070, filed 10/25/06, effective 11/25/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.43 and 18.235 RCW. 04-04-001, § 196-23-070, filed 1/21/04, effective 2/21/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.43.035. 01-09-017, § 196-23-070, filed 4/6/01, effective 5/7/01.]