WSR 98-12-053

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING

[Filed May 29, 1998, 3:27 p.m., effective July 1, 1998]



Date of Adoption: May 7, 1998.

Purpose: To implement the provisions of legislation enacted in 1997 (chapter 247, Laws of 1997) as codified in RCW 18.43.130 Excepted services--Fees, effective July 1, 1998.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.43.035, 18.43.130.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-08-106 on April 1, 1998.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: WAC 196-25-005, last sentence of last paragraph. Delete the words "as a professional engineer or professional land surveyor or both under." Before the word chapter, insert "pursuant to" and after RCW, add "for each profession for which services are offered.".

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 7, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 7, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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: July 1, 1998.

May 29, 1998

George A. Twiss

Executive Director

OTS-2050.2

Chapter 196-25 WAC



BUSINESS PRACTICES



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WAC 196-25-001  Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to implement that part of chapter 18.43 RCW related to corporations and limited liability companies offering engineering and land surveying services, as enacted by the 1997 legislature.



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WAC 196-25-002  Definitions. Board. The Washington state board of registration for professional engineers and land surveyors.

Professional engineer. A person registered by the board under chapter 18.43 RCW to practice engineering in this state.

Professional land surveyor. A person registered by the board under chapter 18.43 RCW to practice land surveying in this state.

Business. A corporation, joint stock association or limited liability company that is practicing or offering to practice, engineering or land surveying or both in this state.

Designee. A currently registered professional engineer designated by the business to be in responsible charge of engineering activities for the business in this state, OR, a currently registered professional land surveyor designated by the business to be in responsible charge of land surveying activities for the business in this state.

Certificate of authorization. A certificate issued by the board, pursuant to chapter 18.43 RCW, to a business authorizing it to practice engineering or land surveying or both in this state. (Note: This is a different certificate than the certificate of authorization that may be filed with the secretary of state.)



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WAC 196-25-005  Businesses that must be authorized by the board. Except for professional service (PS) corporations and professional service limited liability companies (PLLC's), all corporations, joint stock associations and limited liability companies (LLC's) that offer engineering or land surveying services must apply to the board for a certificate of authorization to practice engineering or land surveying or both in the state of Washington.

Effective July 1, 1998, engineering partnerships currently registered with the board will no longer be required to pay an annual renewal fee. Also effective July 1, partnerships and limited liability partnerships offering engineering and/or land surveying services will not be required to apply for a certificate of authorization from the board. However, the partnership must employ at least one person currently registered pursuant to chapter 18.43 RCW for each profession for which services are offered.



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WAC 196-25-010  Applications. All applications must be completed on forms provided by the board and filed with the executive director at the board's address and be accompanied by the appropriate fee as listed in WAC 196-26-020.



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WAC 196-25-020  Corporations or joint stock associations. (1) The following will be submitted with the application for a certificate of authorization: A certified copy of a resolution of the board of directors; identification of the designee(s); an affidavit signed by the designee(s); a copy of the certificate of incorporation or certificate of authorization as filed with the secretary of state; and, a copy of the corporation's current Washington business license.

(2) The resolution of the board of directors of the corporation designating person(s) must also provide full authority to the designee to make all final engineering or land surveying decisions respectfully on behalf of the corporation for work performed by the corporation in this state.

The resolution must further state that the bylaws of the corporation shall be amended in accordance with RCW 18.43.130 (8)(c) pertaining to engineering or land surveying decisions made by the designee.



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WAC 196-25-030  Limited liability companies. (1) The following must be submitted with the application for a certificate of authorization: A certified copy of a resolution by the company manager or managers; identification of the designee(s); an affidavit signed by the designee(s); a copy of the certificate of formation as filed with the secretary of state; and, a copy of the company's current business license.

(2) The resolution by the limited liability company manager or managers designating person(s), must also provide full authority to the designee to make all final engineering or land surveying decisions respectfully on behalf of the company for work performed by the company in the state of Washington. The resolution must further state that the limited liability company agreement shall be amended in accordance with RCW 18.43.130 (10)(b) pertaining to engineering or land surveying decisions made by the designee.



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WAC 196-25-040  Provisions pertaining to both corporations and limited liability companies. (1) If the business offers both engineering and land surveying services, there must be a designee for each profession. If a person is licensed in both engineering and land surveying, that person may be designated for both professions.

(2) An affidavit must be signed by the designee(s) stating that he or she knows they have been designated by the business as being responsible for the engineering and/or land surveying activities in the state of Washington.

(3) The designated engineer and/or designated land surveyor must be an employee of the business.

(4) No person may be the designated engineer or designated land surveyor at more than one business at any one time.

(5) If there is a change in the designee(s), the business must notify the board in writing within thirty days of the effective date of the change and submit a new affidavit.

(6) If the business changes its name, the business must submit a copy of its amended certificate of authority or amended certificate of incorporation (for corporations) or a copy of the certificate of amendment (for LLC's), as filed with the secretary of state within thirty days of the filing.

(7) At the time of renewal, a copy of the business' business license must be submitted to insure that the company is registered with the secretary of state and has a current uniform business identification (UBI) number.

(8) The filing of the resolution shall not relieve the business of any responsibility or liability imposed upon it by law or by contract. Any business that is certified under chapter 18.43 RCW and this chapter is subject to the authority of the board as provided in RCW 18.43.035, 18.43.105, 18.43.110, and 18.43.120.



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