PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Revision of chapter 246-360 WAC, Transient accommodations.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 70.62 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The rules and regulations for transient accommodations were last revised in 1994. Proposed changes to chapter 246-360 WAC may include: Clarifying the regulations, addressing safety, security, toxics and hazardous materials (methamphetamine laboratories and mold growth) issues, requirements for homeless shelters and rustic resorts, and overall readability of the regulations.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The State Board of Health has rule-making authority for transient accommodations. The Facilities and Services Licensing Division of the Department of Health implements the transient accommodations regulations. The Department of Health and the State Board of Health will work in partnership throughout the rule-making process. The State Fire Marshal will also be involved and consulted throughout the process.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. A number of meeting and other formats will be available for information and input. Interested parties can contact Marianne Seifert, Health Policy Advisor, 1102 S.E. Quince Street, P.O. Box 47990, Olympia, WA 98504-7990, phone (360) 236-4103, fax (360) 236-4088, e-mail Marianne.Seifert@doh.wa.gov; or Yvette Lenz, Health Services Consultant, Facilities Services and Licensing, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7282, phone (360) 705-6655, fax (360) 705-6654, e-mail Yvette.Lenz@doh.wa.gov.
December 13, 2001