WSR 98-22-063

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[Filed November 2, 1998, 3:34 p.m.]



Date of Adoption: November 2, 1998.

Purpose: Current rule reads "Fee is thirty-nine percent of the electrical work fee as determined by WAC 296-46-495 …." To comply with 601 requirements, the department is reducing the 39% rate to 35%.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 296-46-910 (5)(l)(i).

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 34.05.356 (1)(f).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-18-101 on September 2, 1998.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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: Thirty-one days after filing.

November 2, 1998

Gary Moore

Director

OTS-2481.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 98-12-042, filed 5/29/98, effective 6/30/98)



WAC 296-46-910  Inspection fees. To calculate the inspection fees, the amperage is based on the conductor ampacity or the overcurrent device rating. The inspection fees shall be calculated from sections (1) through (5) below. However, the total fee shall not be less than the number of progress inspection (one-half hour) units times the progress inspection fee rate from subsection (5) miscellaneous (k) below.

(1) residential
(a) Single and two family residential (new construction)
(i) First 1300 sq. ft. or less . . . $ 64.50
Each additional 500 sq. ft. or portion of . . . $ 20.75
Note: Square footage is the area included within the surrounding exterior walls of a building exclusive of any interior courts. (This includes any floor area in an attached garage, basement, or unfinished living space.)
"Inspected with the service" or "inspected at the same time" means all wiring is to be ready for inspection during the initial inspection trip.
(ii) Each outbuilding or detached garage inspected with the

service. . . $ 27.00

(iii) Each outbuilding or detached garage inspected

separately . . . $ 42.50

(iv) Each swimming pool - inspected with the service . . . $ 42.50
(v) Each swimming pool - inspected separately . . . $ 64.50
(vi) Each hot tub, spa, or sauna - inspected with the

service . . . $ 27.00

(vii) Each hot tub, spa, or sauna - inspected separately . . . $ 42.50
(viii) Each septic pumping system - inspected with the

service . . . $ 27.00

(ix) Each septic pumping system - inspected separately . . . $ 42.50
(b) Multifamily residential and miscellaneous multifamily residential structures, services and feeders (new construction)

Each service and/or feeder
Service

Ampacity



Service


Feeder
0 to 200 $ 69.50 $ 20.75
201 to 400 86.25 42.50
401 to 600 118.50 59.25
601 to 800 151.75 81.00
801 and over 216.25 162.25

(c) Single family or multifamily altered services including circuits
(i) Each altered service and/or altered feeder
Service

Ampacity

Service or

Feeder

0 to 200 $ 59.25
201 to 600 86.25
over 600 130.00

(ii) Maintenance or repair of meter or mast (no alterations to service or feeder) . . . $ 32.25
(d) Single or multi-family residential circuits only (no service inspection)
(i) 1 to 4 circuits (see note) . . . $ 42.50
Except: Water heater load control devices installed in residences as part of an energy conservation program . . . 26.00
The $ 26.00 permit fee for water heater load control devices will expire on December 31, 2001.
(ii) Each additional circuit (see Note). . . 5
Note: Altered or added circuit fees are calculated per panelboard. Total cost of the alterations in an individual panel should not exceed the cost of a complete altered service or feeder of the same rating, as shown in subsection (1) residential (c)(i) (table) above.
(e) Mobile homes, modular homes, mobile home parks, and RV parks
(i) Mobile home or modular home service or feeder

only . . . $ 42.50

(ii) Mobile home service and feeder . . . 69.50
(iii) Mobile home park sites and RV park sites
(A) First site service or site feeder . . . 42.50
(B) Each additional site service; or additional site feeder inspected at the same time as the first service or

feeder . . . 27.00

Note: For master service installations, see subsection (2).
(2) commercial/industrial
(a) New service or feeder and additional new feeders inspected at the same time (includes circuits)
(i) Service/

Feeder

Ampacity

Service/

Feeder

Additional

Feeder

inspected

at the

same time

0 to 100 $ 69.50 $ 42.50
101 to 200 86.25 54.00
201 to 400 162.25 64.50
401 to 600 189.25 75.75
601 to 800 244.50 103.00
801 to 1000 298.50 124.75
Over 1000 325.50 173.75
Note: For large commercial/industrial projects that include multiple feeders, "inspected at the same time" can be interpreted to include additional inspection trips for a single project. The additional inspections must be for electrical work specified on the permit at the time of purchase. The permit fee for such projects shall be calculated from (2) (a) (i) (table) above. However, the total fee shall not be less than the number of progress inspection (one-half hour) units times the progress inspection fee rate from subsection (5) miscellaneous (k) below.
(ii) Over 600 volts surcharge . . . $ 54.00
(b) Altered services or feeders (no circuits)
(i) Service

Ampacity

Service/

Feeder

0 to 200 $ 69.50
201 to 600 162.25
601 to 1000 244.50
Over 1000 271.50

(ii) Over 600 volts surcharge . . . $ 54.00
(iii) Maintenance or repair of meter or mast (no alteration to the service or feeder) . . . 59.25
(c) Circuits only
(i) First five circuits per branch circuit

panel . . . $ 54.00

(ii) Each additional circuit per branch circuit panel . . . 5
Note: Altered/added circuit fees are calculated per panelboard. Total cost of the alterations in a panel (or panels) should not exceed the cost of a new feeder (or feeders) of the same rating, as shown in subsection (2) commercial/industrial (a)(i) (table) above.
(3) temporary services
Note: Temporary electrical power and lighting installations are intended to be used during the period of construction, remodeling, maintenance, repair, or demolition of buildings, structures, equipment, or similar activities.
Temporary electrical power and lighting installations are allowed during emergencies and for tests, experiments, and developmental work. Temporary electrical power and lighting installations are allowed for a period not to exceed 90 days for Christmas decorative lighting and similar purposes. Temporary wiring shall be removed immediately upon completion of construction or purpose for which the wiring was installed.
(a) Residential . . . $ 37.25
(b) Commercial/industrial



Ampacity Service or Feeder Additional Feeder
0 to 100 $ 42.50 20.75
101 to 200 54.00 27.00
201 to 400 64.50 32.25
401 to 600 86.25 42.50
Over 600 97.75 48.75
(c) Temporary stage or concert productions
Ampacity Service or Feeder Additional Feeder
0 to 100 $ 42.50 $ 20.75
101 to 200 54.00 27.00
201 to 400 64.50 32.25
401 to 600 86.25 42.50
Over 600 97.75 48.75


Note: Temporary stage or concert inspections requested outside of normal business hours will be subject to the portal to portal hourly fees in subsection (5) miscellaneous (m). The fee for such after hours inspections shall be the greater of the fee from (3) temporary services (c) (table) or the portal to portal fee.
(4) irrigation machines, pumps and equipment

Irrigation machines

(a) Each tower when inspected at the same time as a service and feeder (per subsection (2) commercial/industrial above) . . . $ 5
(b) Towers - when not inspected at the same time as a service and feeders - one to six

towers . . . 64.50

Each additional tower . . . 5
(5) miscellaneous - commercial/industrial and residential
(a) Thermostats
(i) First thermostat . . . $ 32.25
(ii) Each additional thermostat inspected at the same time as the first . . . 10.25
Note: Thermostat is defined as:
(A) A device that interrupts electrical current while performing its function of controlling building, zonal, or room environmental air temperature; or
(B) In the case of environmental air temperature control by the use of sensors which do not interrupt current but rather transmit data to a zonal or central processing unit, "Thermostat" shall be considered to be the circuit extending from the central processing unit to the local controller. At times this local unit could control several zones or rooms individually or in concert.
(b) Low voltage fire alarm and burglar alarm. Includes nurse call, intercom, security systems, and similar low energy circuits and equipment
(i) First 2500 sq. ft. or less . . . $ 37.25
(ii) Each additional 2500 sq. ft. or portion

thereof . . . 10.25

Low voltage fire alarm and burglar alarm for commercial and industrial
Each control panel and up to four circuits
or zones . . . $ 29
Each additional circuit or zone . . . 7
(c) Signs and outline lighting
(i) First sign (no service included) . . . $ 32.25
(ii) Each additional sign inspected at the same time on the same bldg. or structure . . . 15.50
(d) Berth at a marina or dock . . . $ 42.50
Each additional berth inspected at the

same time . . . 27.00

(e) Yard pole, pedestal, or other meter loops

only . . . $ 42.50

Meters installed remote from service equipment: Inspected at same time as service, temporary service or other

installations . . . 10.25

(f) Emergency inspections requested outside normal work hours. Regular fee plus surcharge

of . . . $ 81.00

(g) Generators, refer to appropriate residential or commercial new service or feeder section
(h) Annual permit fee for plant location employing regular electrical maintenance staff - Each inspection two hour maximum.



Fee Inspections
1 to 3 plant electricians $1,553.25 12
4 to 6 plant electricians 3,107.75 24
7 to 12 plant electricians 4,661.25 36
13 to 25 plant electricians 6,215.75 52
more than 25 plant electricians 7,770.25 52

(i) Carnival inspections
(i) First field inspection each year
(A) Each ride and generator truck . . . $ 15.50
(B) Each remote distribution equipment, concession or

gaming show . . . 5

(C) If the calculated fee for first field inspection of (A) and (B) above is less, the minimum inspection fee shall be: . . . 81.00
(ii) Subsequent inspections
(A) First 10 rides, concessions, generators, remote distribution equipment or gaming show . . . $ 81.00
(B) Each additional ride, concession, generator, remote distribution equipment or gaming show . . . 5
(iii) Single concession, not part of a carnival . . . $ 42.50
(j) Trip fees
(i) Requests by property owners to inspect existing

installations . . . $ 64.50

(ii) Submitter notifies the department that work is ready for inspection when it is not ready . . . 32.25
(iii) Additional inspection required because submitter has provided the wrong address . . . 32.25
(iv) More than one additional inspection required to inspect corrections; or for repeated neglect, carelessness, or improperly installed electrical work . . . 32.25
(v) Each trip necessary to remove a noncompliance

notice . . . 32.25

(vi) Corrections have not been made in the prescribed time, unless an exception has been requested and granted

. . . 32.25

(vii) Installations that are covered or concealed before

inspection . . . 32.25

(k) Progress inspections
On partial or progress inspections, each one-half

hour . . . $ 32.25

Note: The fees calculated in main sections (1) through (5) shall apply to all electrical work. This section is intended to be applied to a permit where the permit holder has requested additional inspections beyond the normal number for the type of installation. Additional progress inspections shall be charged at the rate in (k) above.
(l) Plan review fee
(i) Fee is ((thirty- nine)) thirty-five percent of the electrical work permit fee as determined by WAC 296-46-495, plus a plan review submission fee of . . . $ 54.00
(ii) Supplemental submissions of plans per hour or fraction of an hour . . . $ 64.50
(iii) Plan review shipping and handling fee . . . $ 15.50
(m) Other inspections
Inspections not covered by above inspection fees shall be charged portal to portal per hour . . . $ 64.50
(n) Refund processing fee
All requests for permit fee refunds will be assessed a processing

fee. . . $ 10.50

(o) Variance request processing fee
This fee is nonrefundable once the transaction has been

made . . . $ 64.50



[Statutory Authority: Chapter 19.28 RCW. 98-12-042, 296-46-910, filed 5/29/98, effective 6/30/98; 97-24-033, 296-46-910, filed 11/25/97, effective 12/29/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.060, [19.28.]210(6), [19.28.]350 and [19.28.]600. 97-12-016, 296-46-910, filed 5/28/97, effective 6/30/97. 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.]