WSR 12-04-060

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE


[ Filed January 30, 2012, 10:47 a.m. , effective March 1, 2012 ]


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

Purpose: SHB 2017, chapter 298, Laws of 2011, transferred responsibility for the master license service (MLS) program from the department of licensing to the department of revenue, effective July 1, 2011. This program is now referred to as the business licensing service (BLS).

This legislation requires that the application and renewal handling fees be established by rule. The department previously adopted an emergency WAC 308-300-160 to establish these fees. The department is now adopting a permanent WAC 308-300-160, and recodifying the rule as WAC 458-20-10101. The fee amounts are the same as reflected in the emergency rule.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 308-300-160 Business licensing service -- Total fee payable -- Handling of fees.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: SHB 2017, chapter 298, Laws of 2011 and RCW 19.02.075.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-23-180 on November 23, 2011.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Roseanna Hodson, Department of Revenue, 1025 Union Avenue S.E., Suite 544, Olympia, WA 98504-7453 USA, phone (360) 534-1580, e-mail RoseannaH@dor.wa.gov.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: January 30, 2012.

Alan R. Lynn

Rules Coordinator

OTS-3980.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 10-13-039, filed 6/8/10, effective 7/9/10)

WAC 308-300-160   Business licensing service -- Total fee payable -- Handling of fees.   (1) Introduction. Chapter 298, Laws of 2011, transferred responsibility for the master license service program (MLS) from the department of licensing to the department of revenue, effective July 1, 2011. This program is now referred to as the business licensing service (BLS).

Information about BLS is available on-line at http://business.wa.gov/BLS. If you are seeking in-person assistance, you may want to visit:


6500 Linderson Way S.W., Suite 102

Tumwater, WA 98501

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

(except state holidays or temporary layoff days)


The department of licensing continues to issue, renew, and regulate professional licenses, see http://dol.wa.gov/business/.

(2) What fee do I need to pay when applying for or renewing a license? The fee payable will be the total amount of all individual license fees, late filing fees, other penalty fees, and handling fees, and may include additional fees charged to cover credit or debit card processing. Licensing fees vary depending on the license for which you are applying. Refer to http://bls.dor.wa.gov/specialtylicenses.aspx for information about licenses and license fee amounts.

(((2))) (3) What does the department do with these fees? The department will distribute the fees received for individual licenses issued or renewed to the appropriate agencies on an established schedule.

(((3))) (4) When do I get my business license? The ((master)) business license will not be issued until the full amount of the total fee payable is collected. When the fee payment received is less than the total fee payable, the department will bill the applicant for the balance.

(((4))) (5) Can I get a refund? The ((master)) business license ((service)) application and renewal handling fees collected under RCW 19.02.075 are not refundable. When a license is denied or when an applicant withdraws an application, a refund of any other refundable portion of the total payment will be made in accordance with the applicable licensing laws.

(6) What are the handling fees? The business license application handling fee amounts are:


Type of handling fee: Fee amount:
Business license application filing $15.00
License renewal application filing $9.00

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.02.030(3). 10-13-039, 308-300-160, filed 6/8/10, effective 7/9/10; Order 476-DOL, 308-300-160, filed 12/30/77.]


NEW SECTION


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is decodified as follows:


Old WAC Number New WAC Number
308-300-160 458-20-10101

Washington State Code Reviser's Office