WSR 09-23-005

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed November 5, 2009, 8:08 a.m. , effective January 1, 2010 ]


Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2010.

Purpose: This rule-making order amends chapter 16-401 WAC by increasing nursery dealer license fees and requested inspection fees. In addition, the department is amending the language in order to meet the needs of the nursery industry and in response to recent changes implemented by the federal government. During the 2009 legislative session, the Washington state legislature authorized (as required by Initiative 960) the Washington state department of agriculture to increase the nursery dealer licensing and plant pest inspection and testing fees as necessary to meet the actual costs of conducting business (see chapter 564, Laws of 2009).

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 16-401-027 and 16-401-041.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 15.13.260, 15.13.280, 15.13.370 and 15.14.015; chapter 34.05 RCW; and chapter 564, Laws of 2009.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 09-19-140 on September 23, 2009.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.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: November 5, 2009.

Dan Newhouse

Director

OTS-2691.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-11-011, filed 5/3/07, effective 7/1/07)

WAC 16-401-027   Schedule of fees and charges -- Applicable rates and charges.   The following rates apply for requested inspection services:


(1) Fee or Charge:
Hourly rate -- business hours $((34.80)) 40.00
Hourly rate -- nonbusiness hours $((44.45)) 51.00
Certificate issued at time of inspection No charge
Certificate issued more than twenty-four hours after the inspection $((16.55)) 19.50
Additional certificates $((5.20)) 6.50
Fumigation lot or container fee $((13.80)) 16.00
Certificate of plant health for noncommercial movement $6.80
Compliance agreement $((34.80)) 40.00
Inspection tags or stickers (lots of 250) $((6.80)) 7.80 per lot
((Inspection tags or stickers (minimum 10) $0.29 each))

(2) Mileage at the established office of financial management rate (schedule A), per diem and other authorized travel expenses at actual cost, and travel time at the applicable hourly rate may be assessed for requested inspections that are not a part of a regular work schedule. Such charge may be prorated among applicants if more than one applicant is provided service during a workday or trip when mileage and/or per diem are applicable.

(3) Inspections for phytosanitary certification, including growing season field inspections, are provided at the applicable hourly rate provided in subsection (1) of this section except where an alternate certification inspection fee is provided in statute, in rule, or by a written agreement between the department and an industry entity, university, or public agency. When growing season field inspections for phytosanitary certification and regulatory inspections are performed simultaneously, the first two hours of inspection each calendar year for nurseries licensed under WAC 16-401-041 (1)(b) or (2)(a); and the first four hours of inspection per calendar year for nurseries licensed under WAC 16-401-041 (1)(c) or (2)(b), are without charge.

There is no additional charge for the first phytosanitary certificate issued at the time of the inspection.

(4) Inspection and certification of nonplant material or equipment for sanitation (freedom from soil or pests) by visual examination or through witnessing a prescribed treatment (steam cleaning, hydro-washing, etc.) is charged at the applicable hourly rate.

(5) Witnessing and certification of fumigation is charged at the applicable hourly rate, plus a per lot or container fee.

(6) The department may also charge fees and/or surcharges for transmittal to federal agencies.

(7) The department may issue a certificate of plant health for noncommercial movement of plant materials between states by unlicensed persons, up to a maximum of five plants, and provided that the plants are brought to a plant services office for inspection.


Note: When two or more types of inspection, provided in this section, are performed simultaneously, only one hourly rate applies. One certificate for one service is issued at no charge.

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.13, 15.14, and 34.05 RCW. 07-11-011, 16-401-027, filed 5/3/07, effective 7/1/07; 06-15-043, 16-401-027, filed 7/11/06, effective 8/11/06; 05-12-110, 16-401-027, filed 5/31/05, effective 7/1/05; 04-17-037, 16-401-027, filed 8/10/04, effective 9/10/04. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.13, 15.14, 17.24, and 34.05 RCW. 03-21-166, 16-401-027, filed 10/22/03, effective 11/22/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.13, 15.14, and 34.05 RCW. 03-10-083, 16-401-027, filed 5/6/03, effective 6/30/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.13 and 15.14 RCW. 01-11-031, 16-401-027, filed 5/8/01, effective 6/8/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-11-011, filed 5/3/07, effective 7/1/07)

WAC 16-401-041   Nursery dealer license fees.   Annual license fees as established below, must accompany the application for nursery dealer license:

(1) Retail nursery dealer license fee:

(a) Gross business sales of horticultural plants and turf less than two thousand five hundred dollars . . . . . . . . . . . . $((38.73)) 42.00

(b) Gross business sales of horticultural plants and turf between two thousand five hundred dollars and fifteen thousand dollars, the license fee is . . . . . . . . . . . . $((82.99)) 91.00

(c) Gross business sales of horticultural plants and turf of fifteen thousand dollars or more . . . . . . . . . . . . $((166.00)) 182.00

(2) Wholesale nursery dealer license fee:

(a) Gross business sales of horticultural plants and turf less than fifteen thousand dollars . . . . . . . . . . . . $((82.99)) 91.00

(b) Gross business sales of horticultural plants and turf of fifteen thousand dollars or more . . . . . . . . . . . . $((166.00)) 182.00

(3) As provided in RCW 15.13.285, a surcharge of twenty percent of the base rate, in addition to the fees established on all classes of licenses in subsections (1) and (2) of this section, is established.

(4) Permit fee for those types of sales and organizations exempted from licensing requirements by RCW 15.13.270

. . . . . . . . . . . . $6.70

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.13, 15.14, and 34.05 RCW. 07-11-011, 16-401-041, filed 5/3/07, effective 7/1/07; 06-15-043, 16-401-041, filed 7/11/06, effective 8/11/06; 05-12-110, 16-401-041, filed 5/31/05, effective 7/1/05. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.13, 15.14, 17.24 and 34.05 RCW. 03-21-166, 16-401-041, filed 10/22/03, effective 11/22/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.13, 15.14, and 34.05 RCW. 03-10-083, 16-401-041, filed 5/6/03, effective 6/30/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.13 and 15.14 RCW. 01-11-031, 16-401-041, filed 5/8/01, effective 6/8/01; 99-12-034, 16-401-041, filed 5/26/99, effective 6/26/99.]

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