WSR 07-13-089

EXPEDITED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed June 19, 2007, 12:11 p.m. ]

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 296-46B-905 Temporary fees -- Inspection fees.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Josh Swanson, Legislative Liaison, Department of Labor and Industries, P.O. Box 44001, Olympia, WA 98504-4001 , AND RECEIVED BY August 21, 2007.


Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of the rule making is to update the effective date in WAC 296-46B-905, of the electrical fees. Last year, the electrical program was able to decrease fees due to an increasing fund balance. The rule making will extend the fee decrease until December 31, 2008.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See Purpose above.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 19.28 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 19.28 RCW.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of labor and industries, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Ron Fuller, Tumwater, Washington, (360) 902-5249; Implementation and Enforcement: Patrick Woods, Tumwater, Washington, (360) 902-6348.

June 19, 2007

Judy Schurke

Director

OTS-9766.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-24-041, filed 11/30/06, effective 12/31/06)

WAC 296-46B-905   Temporary fees -- Inspection fees.   Valid from January 1, 2007, through December 31, ((2007)) 2008, or until modified in rule, whichever comes first. To calculate inspection fees, the amperage is based on the conductor ampacity or the overcurrent device rating. The total fee must not be less than the number of progress inspection (one-half hour) units times the progress inspection fee rate from subsection (8) of this section, PROGRESS INSPECTIONS.

The amount of the fee due is calculated based on the fee effective at the date of a department assessed fee (e.g., plan review or fee due) or when the electrical permit is purchased.

(1) Residential.
(a) Single- and two-family residential (New Construction).
Notes:

(1) 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.)

(2) "Inspected with the service" means that a separate service inspection fee is included on the same electrical work permit.

(3) "Inspected at the same time" means all wiring is to be ready for inspection during the initial inspection trip.

(4) An "outbuilding" is a structure that serves a direct accessory function to the residence, such as a pump house or storage building. Outbuilding does not include buildings used for commercial type occupancies or additional dwelling occupancies.

(i) First 1300 sq. ft. $69.00
Each additional 500 sq. ft. or portion of $22.00
(ii) Each outbuilding or detached garage - inspected at the same time as a dwelling unit on the property $29.00
(iii) Each outbuilding or detached garage - inspected separately $46.00
(iv) Each swimming pool - inspected with the service $46.00
(v) Each swimming pool - inspected separately $69.00
(vi) Each hot tub, spa, or sauna - inspected with the service $29.50
(vii) Each hot tub, spa, or sauna - inspected separately $46.00
(viii) Each septic pumping system - inspected with the service $29.50
(ix) Each septic pumping system - inspected separately $46.00
(b) Multifamily residential and miscellaneous residential structures, services/feeders (New Construction).
Each service/feeder
Ampacity Service/Feeder Additional Feeder
0 to 200 $75.00 $22.00
201 to 400 $91.00 $46.00
401 to 600 $128.00 $64.00
601 to 800 $164.00 $87.00
801 and over $233.00 $175.00
(c) Single or multifamily altered services/feeders including circuits.
(i) Each altered service/altered feeder
Ampacity Service or Feeder
0 to 200 $64.00
201 to 600 $91.00
601 and over $140.00
(ii) Maintenance or repair of a meter or mast (no alterations to the service or feeder) $34.00
(d) Single or multifamily residential circuits only (no service inspection).
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) (table) of this section.

(i) 1 to 4 circuits (see note above) $46.00
(ii) Each additional circuit (see note above) $5.00
(e) Mobile homes, modular homes, mobile home parks, and RV parks.
(i) Mobile home or modular home service or feeder only $46.00
(ii) Mobile home service and feeder $75.00
(f) Mobile home park sites and RV park sites.
Note:

For master service installations, see subsection (2) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL of this section.

(i) First site service or site feeder $46.00
(ii) Each additional site service; or additional site feeder inspected at the same time as the first service or feeder $29.00
(2) Commercial/industrial.
(a) New service/feeder, and additional new feeders inspected at the same time (includes circuits).
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 must be calculated from (2)(a)(i)(table) of this section. However, the total fee must not be less than the number of progress inspection (one-half hour) units times the progress inspection fee rate from subsection (8) PROGRESS INSPECTIONS of this section.

Service/feeders
Ampacity Service/Feeder Additional Feeder
0 to 100 $75.00 $46.00
101 to 200 $91.00 $58.00
201 to 400 $175.00 $69.00
401 to 600 $204.00 $82.00
601 to 800 $264.00 $111.00
801 to 1000 $322.00 $134.00
1001 and over $351.00 $187.00
(b) Altered services or feeders (no circuits).
(i) Service/feeders
Ampacity Service/Feeder
0 to 200 $75.00
201 to 600 $175.00
601 to 1000 $264.00
1001 and over $239.00
(ii) Maintenance or repair of a meter or mast (no alterations to the service or feeder) $64.00
(c) Circuits only.
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 (2)(a)(i)(table) above.

(i) First 5 circuits per branch circuit panel $58.00
(ii) Each additional circuit per branch circuit panel $5.00
(d) Over 600 volts surcharge per permit. $58.00
(3) Temporary service(s).
Note:

(1) See WAC 296-46B-527 for information about temporary installations.

(2) Temporary stage or concert inspections requested outside of normal business hours will be subject to the portal-to-portal hourly fees in subsection (11) OTHER INSPECTIONS. The fee for such after hours inspections shall be the greater of the fee from this subsection or the portal-to-portal fee.

Temporary services, temporary stage or concert productions.
Ampacity Service/Feeder Additional Feeder
0 to 60 $40.00 $21.00
61 to 100 $46.00 $22.00
101 to 200 $58.00 $29.00
201 to 400 $69.00 $35.00
401 to 600 $93.00 $46.00
601 and over $105.00 $53.00
(4) Irrigation machines, pumps, and equipment.
Irrigation machines.
(a) Each tower - when inspected at the same time as a service and feeder from (2) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL $5.00
(b) Towers - when not inspected at the same time as a service and feeders - 1 to 6 towers $69.00
(c) Each additional tower $5.00
(5) Miscellaneous - commercial/industrial and residential.
(a) A Class 2 low-voltage thermostat and its associated cable controlling a single piece of utilization equipment or a single furnace and air conditioner combination.
(i) First thermostat $35.00
(ii) Each additional thermostat inspected at the same time as the first $11.00
(b) Class 2 or 3 low-voltage systems and telecommunications systems. Includes all telecommunications installations, fire alarm, nurse call, energy management control systems, industrial and automation control systems, lighting control systems, and similar Class 2 or 3 low-energy circuits and equipment not included in WAC 296-46B-900 for Class B work.
(i) First 2500 sq. ft. or less $40.00
(ii) Each additional 2500 sq. ft. or portion thereof $11.00
(c) Signs and outline lighting.
(i) First sign (no service included) $35.00
(ii) Each additional sign inspected at the same time on the same building or structure $16.00
(d) Berth at a marina or dock.
Note:

Five berths or more shall be permitted to have the inspection fees based on appropriate service and feeder fees from section (2) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL (a) (i) above.

(i) Berth at a marina or dock $46.00
(ii) Each additional berth inspected at the same time $29.00
(e) Yard pole, pedestal, or other meter loops only.
(i) Yard pole, pedestal, or other meter loops only $46.00
(ii) Meters installed remote from the service equipment and inspected at the same time as a service, temporary service or other installations $11.00
(f) Emergency inspections requested outside of normal working hours.
Regular fee plus surcharge of: $87.00
(g) Generators.
Note:

Permanently installed generators: Refer to the appropriate residential or commercial new/altered service or feeder section.

Portable generators: Permanently installed transfer equipment for portable generators $64.00
(h) Electrical - annual permit fee.
Note:

See WAC 296-46B-900(14).

For commercial/industrial location employing full-time electrical maintenance staff or having a yearly maintenance contract with a licensed electrical contractor. Note, all yearly maintenance contracts must detail the number of contractor electricians necessary to complete the work required under the contract. This number will be used as a basis for calculating the appropriate fee. Each inspection is based on a 2-hour maximum.
Inspections Fee
1 to 3 plant electricians 12 $1,677.00
4 to 6 plant electricians 24 $3,356.00
7 to 12 plant electricians 36 $5,034.00
13 to 25 plant electricians 52 $6,713.00
More than 25 plant electricians 52 $8,392.00
(i) Telecommunications - annual permit fee.
Note:

(1) See WAC 296-46B-900(13).

(2) Annual inspection time required may be estimated by the purchaser at the rate for "OTHER INSPECTIONS" in this section, charged portal-to-portal per hour.

For commercial/industrial location employing full-time telecommunications maintenance staff or having a yearly maintenance contract with a licensed electrical/telecommunications contractor.
2-hour minimum $139.00
Each additional hour, or portion thereof, of portal-to-portal inspection time $69.00
(j) Permit requiring ditch cover inspection only.
Each 1/2 hour, or portion thereof $35.00
(k) Cover inspection for elevator/conveyance installation. This item is only available to a licensed/registered elevator contractor. $58.00
(6) Carnival inspections.
(a) First carnival field inspection each calendar year.
(i) Each ride and generator truck $16.00
(ii) Each remote distribution equipment, concession, or gaming show $5.00
(iii) If the calculated fee for first carnival field inspection above is less than $89.00, the minimum inspection fee shall be: $87.00
(b) Subsequent carnival inspections.
(i) First ten rides, concessions, generators, remote distribution equipment, or gaming show $87.00
(ii) Each additional ride, concession, generator, remote distribution equipment, or gaming show $5.00
(c) Concession(s) or ride(s) not part of a carnival.
(i) First field inspection each year of a single concession or ride, not part of a carnival $69.00
(ii) Subsequent inspection of a single concession or ride, not part of a carnival $46.00
(7) Trip fees.
(a) Requests by property owners to inspect existing installations. (This fee includes a maximum of one hour of inspection time. All inspection time exceeding one hour will be charged at the rate for progressive inspections.) $69.00
(b) Submitter notifies the department that work is ready for inspection when it is not ready. $35.00
(c) Additional inspection required because submitter has provided the wrong address or incomplete, improper or illegible directions for the site of the inspection. $35.00
(d) More than one additional inspection required to inspect corrections; or for repeated neglect, carelessness, or improperly installed electrical work. $35.00
(e) Each trip necessary to remove a noncompliance notice. $35.00
(f) Corrections that have not been made in the prescribed time, unless an exception has been requested and granted. $35.00
(g) Installations that are covered or concealed before inspection. $35.00
(8) Progress inspections.
Note:

The fees calculated in subsections (1) through (6) of this section will apply to all electrical work. This section will be applied to a permit where the permit holder has requested additional inspections beyond the number supported by the permit fee calculated at the rate in subsections (1) through (6) of this section.

On partial or progress inspections, each 1/2 hour. $35.00
(9) Plan review.
Fee is thirty-five percent of the electrical work permit fee as determined by WAC 296-46B-905, plus a plan review submission and shipping/handling fee of: $58.00
(a) Supplemental submissions of plans per hour or fraction of an hour of review time. $69.00
(b) Plan review shipping and handling fee. $16.00
(10) Out-of-state inspections.
(a) Permit fees will be charged according to the fees listed in this section.
(b) Travel expenses:
All travel expenses and per diem for out-of-state inspections are billed following completion of each inspection(s). These expenses can include, but are not limited to: Inspector's travel time, travel cost and per diem at the state rate. Travel time is hourly based on the rate in subsection (11) of this section.
(11) Other inspections.
Inspections not covered by above inspection fees must be charged portal-to-portal per hour: $69.00
(12) Refund processing fee.
All requests for permit fee refunds will be assessed a processing fee. (Refund processing fees will not be charged for electrical contractors, using the contractor deposit system, who request less than twenty-four refunds during a rolling calendar year.) $11.00
(13) Variance request processing fee.
Variance request processing fee. This fee is nonrefundable once the transaction has been validated. $69.00
(14) Marking of industrial utilization equipment.
(a) Standard(s) letter review (per hour of review time). $69.00
(b) Equipment marking - charged portal-to-portal per hour: $69.00
(c) All travel expenses and per diem for in/out-of-state review and/or equipment marking are billed following completion of each inspection(s). These expenses can include, but are not limited to: Inspector's travel time, travel cost and per diem at the state rate. Travel time is hourly based on the rate in (b) of this subsection.
(15) Class B basic electrical work labels.
(a) Block of twenty Class B basic electrical work labels (not refundable). $200.00
(b) Reinspection of Class B basic electrical work to assure that corrections have been made (per 1/2 hour timed from leaving the previous inspection until the reinspection is completed). See WAC 296-46B-900. $36.40
(c) Reinspection of Class B basic electrical work because of a failed inspection of another Class B label (per 1/2 hour from previous inspection until the reinspection is completed). See WAC 296-46B-900. $36.40
(16) Provisional electrical work permit labels.
(a) Block of twenty provisional electrical work permit labels. $200.00

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.006, 19.28.010, 19.28.031, 19.28.041, 19.28.061, 19.28.101, 19.28.131, 19.28.161, 19.28.171, 19.28.191, 19.28.201, 19.28.211, 19.28.241, 19.28.251, 19.28.281, 19.28.311, 19.28.321, 19.28.400, 19.28.420, 19.28.490, 19.28.551. 06-24-041, 296-46B-905, filed 11/30/06, effective 12/31/06; 06-05-028, 296-46B-905, filed 2/7/06, effective 5/1/06; 05-22-025, 296-46B-905, filed 10/25/05, effective 11/25/05. Statutory Authority: Chapter 19.28 RCW. 04-21-086, 296-46B-905, filed 10/20/04, effective 11/22/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.006, 19.28.010, 19.28.031, 19.28.041, 19.28.061, 19.28.101, 19.28.131, 19.28.161, 19.28.171, 19.28.191, 19.28.201, 19.28.211, 19.28.241, 19.28.251, 19.28.271, 19.28.311, 19.28.321, 19.28.400, 19.28.420, 19.28.490, 19.28.551, 2003 c 399, 2003 c 211, 2003 c 78, and 2003 c 242. 04-12-049, 296-46B-905, filed 5/28/04, effective 6/30/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.006, 19.28.010, 19.28.031, 19.28.041, 19.28.061, 19.28.101, 19.28.131, 19.28.161, 19.28.171, 19.28.191, 19.28.201, 19.28.211, 19.28.241, 19.28.251, 19.28.271, 19.28.311, 19.28.321, 19.28.400, 19.28.420, 19.28.490, 19.28.551, and chapter 19.28 RCW. 03-18-089, 296-46B-905, filed 9/2/03, effective 10/3/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.28.006, 19.28.010, 19.28.031, 19.28.041, 19.28.061, 19.28.101, 19.28.131, 19.28.161, 19.28.171, 19.28.191, 19.28.201, 19.28.211, 19.28.241, 19.28.251, 19.28.271, 19.28.311, 19.28.321, 19.28.400, 19.28.420, 19.28.490, 19.28.551, 2002 c 249, chapters 34.05 and 19.28 RCW. 03-09-111, 296-46B-905, filed 4/22/03, effective 4/22/03.]

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