WSR 06-16-120

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed August 1, 2006, 12:44 p.m. , effective September 1, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: The amendments revise the fee structure for review of construction permits for water recreation facilities such as swimming pools, spa pools, wading pools and spray pools, as well as for recreational water part [park] facilities such as water slides, wave pools and other innovative design features. The fee increases are intended to recover 100% of the cost of conducting the construction permit process.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-260-990 and 246-262-990.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.90.150.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-12-110 on June 7, 2006.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: August 1, 2006.

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

OTS-8663.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-14-146, filed 7/2/03, effective 8/2/03)

WAC 246-260-9901   Fees.   (1) CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FEES. The department establishes the fees listed in Table 990.1 for construction permits for carrying out its duties under WAC ((246-260-030)) 246-260-021.

(a) The applicant must submit the base fee to the department prior to plan review initiation.

(b) Hourly charges for plan review will be charged regardless of whether the construction permit is issued or not.

(c) The department will issue the construction permit once full payment has been received.

(d) The applicant must pay the costs of a safety engineer to review plans when department determines need per WAC 246-260-021(4).



TABLE 990.1
CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FEES


TYPE OF FACILITY CONSTRUCTION PERMIT PLAN
REVIEW FEES
I. Swimming Pools
(((a) 125,000)) 100,000 gallons or more in volume (($ 568.00)) $ 800.00 plus

$ 99/hr. for all hours of review time greater than 8 hours

(((b) Greater than 75,000 gallons and less than 125,000 gallons $ 339.00
(c) Greater than 40,000 gallons and less than 75,000 gallons

$ 223.00

(d) Less than 40,000 gallons $ 170.00))
II. Swimming Pools less than 100,000 gallons, Spa Pools, and Recirculating Spray Pools (($ 170.00)) $ 400.00 plus

$ 99/hr. for all hours of review time greater than 4 hours

III. Wading Pools and Nonrecirculating Spray Pools (($ 111.00)) $ 200.00 plus

$ 99/hr. for all hours of review time greater than 2 hours

((IV. Spray Pools $ 84.00))
((V.)) IV. Alterations, renovations, or modifications to existing swimming, spa, wading or spray pools((, not to exceed two-thirds of new construction permit fees, or $68/hour (whichever is less))) $ 100.00 plus $ 99/hr. for all hours of review time greater than 1 hour.
((VI. The fees for multiple pools at the same location will be based upon the highest fee for one facility and two thirds of the fee for each additional facility. For example: The fee for a 100,000 gallon swimming pool, a 60,000 gallon swimming pool, and a spa pool will be: $339 + $149 + $113 = $601. The fees for a small 30,000 gallon swimming pool and a spa pool will be $170 + $113 = $283.))

(2) OPERATING PERMIT FEES The department establishes the fees listed in Table 990.2 for operating permits for carrying out its duties under WAC ((246-260-040)) 246-260-101.


TABLE 990.2

FEE SCHEDULE
OPERATING PERMITS
Type + Number of Facilities

Single Swim Pool Single Spa Pool Single Wading Pool Spray Pool or Pools Each Additional Swim, Spa, or Wading Pool
Operating Permit 0-6 month $ 291.00 $ 255.00 $ 211.00 $ 105.00 $ 63.00
Operating Permit 6-12 months $ 477.00 $ 424.00 $ 371.00 $ 159.00 $ 84.00

(3) Other Terms and Conditions:


(((1))) (a) The department may charge an additional fee of $87 plus associated laboratory costs for any inspections beyond those provided under the annual operating permit when necessary due to violations of such items as (a) noncompliance with water quality standards, and (b) failure to comply with operational requirements for health and safety.

(((2))) (b) The department may charge an alternate annual fee for an operating permit based on direct and indirect costs associated with issuance of the permit when arrangements are made with local health jurisdictions to administer all or portions of the duties associated with the operating permit. Except, that the fee for this operating permit cannot exceed the cost established by the previous portions of this regulation, but the fee may be less.

(((3))) (c) During the first year of development of the operating permit and for new pool facilities built hereafter, or pools temporarily closed (significant period of several months) and reopened, there are provisions for prorating the costs for the operating permits.

(((4))) (d) A reduction in fees, up to but not exceeding thirty percent, may be granted by the department when a facility operator can demonstrate a satisfactory level of training in pool safety, water quality, maintenance and operations. The department will develop criteria for ((such)) these fee reductions within six months of the adoption of this regulation.

(((5))) (e) For limited use facilities requiring operating permits which are serving less than fifteen living units, the operating permit shall be fifty percent of the fee. However, the department may charge a reinspection fee((s when)) if necessary((, will be charged as noted in condition (1))) under (a) of other terms and conditions.

(((6))) (f) Fees for multiple facilities at the same physical location shall have a maximum FEE CAP as follows: Seasonal (0-6 months) WRF's: $774 NOTE: The third and subsequent pool/spa at the same location will be charged $51 for each ((such)) additional pool/spa.

Year around (>6 months) WRF's $1032 NOTE: The third and subsequent pool/spa at the same physical location will be charged $67 for each ((such)) additional pool/spa.

(4) Examples of Fees Charged:


(((1))) (a) If more than one pool at a facility and one is a year-round pool and another is a seasonal pool--year-round pool is base cost, seasonal pool is charged at additional fee charge. For example: Year-round spa = $424 plus seasonal swimming pool is $63 = $487 total operating permits.

(((2))) (b) If a single swimming pool and a single spa pool is used at the facility, the fee schedule will include fees as noted. For a 0-6 month permit, the primary fee for the single swimming would be $291 and the spa pool would be viewed as the second pool at the facility and would have a fee of $63, total operating permit fees would be $354.

(((3))) (c) If there are 12 pools/spas at a single year-around pool facility, the FEE CAP would apply and the maximum fee of $1032 would be charged. ($477 base fee, $84 for first additional pool/spa, $67 for the remaining ten year-around pools/spas (10 x $67 = $670)) Total fee before fee cap = $477 + $84 + $670 = $1231. After FEE CAP the total fee = $1032. If approved training were credited to this facility for the maximum 30% discount, the 30% would be applied to the FEE CAP fee of $1032; $1032 - 30% = $723.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.90.150 and 43.20B.250. 03-14-146, 246-260-9901, filed 7/2/03, effective 8/2/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250, 70.90.150, and 43.20B.250. 01-14-047, 246-260-9901, filed 6/29/01, effective 7/30/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.90.150 and 43.20B.020. 94-11-056, 246-260-9901, filed 5/11/94, effective 6/11/94.]

OTS-8664.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-14-146, filed 7/2/03, effective 8/2/03)

WAC 246-262-990   Fees.   (1) The fee for plan review of a new recreational water contact facility ((containing a single attraction)) shall be ((two)) four hundred ((six)) dollars base fee plus an hourly rate of ninety-nine dollars for all hours of review beyond four hours plus the safety engineer reviewer's cost as billed.

(a) The base fee must be provided to the department prior to initiating plan review.

(b) Hourly fees for plan review will be charged regardless of whether the plans are approved or not.

(c) The construction permit will not be issued until after full payment is received.

(2) ((The fee for plan review of a new recreational water contact facility containing more than one attraction shall be two hundred six dollars plus the cost of the safety engineer reviewer's cost as billed plus seventy-seven dollars for each attraction.

(3))) The fee for review of plans for alterations or modifications of an existing recreational water contact facility shall be the ((total of direct and indirect costs, not to exceed one-half of the fee for review of a new project)) hourly rate of ninety-nine dollars.

(((4))) (3) The annual fee for an operating permit for a recreational water contact facility containing one attraction shall be one hundred eighty dollars.

(((5))) (4) The annual fee for an operating permit for a recreational water contact facility containing more than one attraction shall be one hundred eighty dollars for the first attraction plus fifty-one dollars for each additional attraction up to a maximum fee of three hundred thirty-five dollars.

(((6))) (5) The department may charge an additional fee of fifty-one dollars plus associated laboratory costs for inspections beyond those provided under the annual operating permit when necessary due to violations of such items as:

(a) Noncompliance with water quality standards; and

(b) Failure to comply with operational requirements for health and safety.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.90.150 and 43.20B.250. 03-14-146, 246-262-990, filed 7/2/03, effective 8/2/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. 91-02-050 (Order 122), 246-262-990, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91.]

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