BILL REQ. #: H-2956.2
|State of Washington||63rd Legislature||2014 Regular Session|
Read first time 01/14/14. Referred to Committee on Local Government.
AN ACT Relating to the training of code enforcement officials; and adding new sections to chapter 49.04 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 (1) Statewide training for code officials is
an essential element in the health and vitality of the state's
construction industry. The recent downturn in the economy has resulted
in staff reductions in many local code enforcement offices. With the
expected retirement of other senior code officials, there will be a
substantial need for training of new code officials as well as
continuing training for existing officials. As the economy of the
state of Washington improves, it is imperative to have well-trained
building inspectors throughout our communities in order to assure
timely and consistent inspections so that our construction economy can
recover at the most expeditious rate.
(2) Because of these issues, the state of Washington approved the creation of the code officials apprenticeship program. Local jurisdictions are less able to consistently pay for and send staff to training in central locations without compromising service levels. The legislature finds that support for technical training and the code officials apprenticeship and training program will provide:
(a) Consistent training for code officials for all jurisdictions;
(b) Greater uniformity of enforcement of building codes;
(c) Education on the implementation of the new energy and green construction codes;
(d) Equal access for all jurisdictions to training essential to the efficient and effective discharge of the regulatory function;
(e) A reduction of the employment cost burden of local jurisdictions; and
(f) Leverage, when possible, of training dollars by taking advantage of the economy of scale presented by a central, organized training curriculum using economies of scale and potential grant funds to supplement code official training.
(3) It is the intent of this act to assure that our construction industry and local communities have assurance that code officials have access to current training on the most recent code updates.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 There is imposed a fee of two dollars on
each building permit issued by a county or a city. The building permit
must be the same type of permit on which a fee may be imposed under RCW
19.27.085(3). Quarterly, each county and city must remit moneys
collected under this section to the state treasury; however, no
remittance is required until a minimum of fifty dollars has accumulated
pursuant to this subsection.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 Revenue collected under section 2 of this
act must be appropriated to the department of revenue for distribution
to the sponsor of an apprenticeship program for building officials for
the following purposes:
(1) Expenses related to the establishment and operation of a code official apprenticeship program;
(2) Administrative expenses of the joint apprenticeship training committee for the code official apprenticeship program; and
(3) Expenses related to training programs for code officials provided by public or private entities.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4 The code officials apprenticeship and
training account is created in the state treasury. All receipts from
section 2 of this act must be deposited in the account. Moneys in the
account may be spent only after appropriation. Expenditures from the
account may be used only as provided in section 3 of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5 Sections 1 through 4 of this act are each
added to chapter