WSR 02-11-045



[ Filed May 9, 2002, 10:08 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: May 6, 2002.

Purpose: To amend WAC 478-116-131 regarding parking fees for the University of Washington's commencement events at the Seattle campus.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 478-116-131.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.10.560 and 28B.20.130.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: The amended parking regulation is necessary to reflect a change from not charging parking fees for the University of Washington's commencement events to charging attendees for parking as a prepaid special event. Previously, the university's commencement budget covered the costs associated with managing the parking and transportation system for commencement. However, increasing costs and constrained resources have necessitated generating revenue from parking to cover costs associated with parking and traffic management, including staffing, printing, a shuttle bus system, and cost associated with traffic police. Amending WAC 478-116-131 is required to make this change prior to commencement events in June 2002, however, there is insufficient time to complete the promulgation of a permanent amendment to the rule, except as an emergency.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

May 6, 2002

Richard L. McCormick



AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 97-14-005, filed 6/19/97, effective 9/15/97)

WAC 478-116-131   Parking for events and other university functions.   (1) Parking for attendees to events that may displace regular parking customers or that may require added parking services staffing shall be accommodated only if parking services can find suitable alternatives for regular parking customers. Parking fees will be charged as follows:

(a) ((Freshman convocation and university commencement and related graduation functions.)) Parking for attendees at freshman convocation will be complimentary. Parking services will charge the cost of staff and services used expressly for the event to the sponsoring department;

(b) An event rate will be charged to attendees of events that require staffing to collect fees; and

(c) Parking services shall negotiate the cost of prepurchased parking and alternative transportation for Husky football with the department of intercollegiate athletics.

(2) Parking services may lease available parking facilities to sponsors of events, who shall pay in advance and be charged at a per stall fee for the particular leased facility.

(3) Parking services may extend its hours of operations to encompass the hours of an event. The following conditions shall trigger charging for events scheduled outside the normal hours of operation:

(a) Any activity which in the judgment of parking services is expected to attract over five hundred vehicles to campus; or

(b) Any event requiring a city of Seattle special event permit.

(4) University departments which sponsor functions such as athletic events, conferences, seminars and dinners may arrange for parking of their guests and this parking will be provided on a space available basis. Departments have the option of paying for guests' parking. Otherwise, their guests will be responsible for the parking fee. To facilitate prepaid parking and with parking services' prior approval, departments may act as its agent in the collection of parking fees.

(5) Parking services may displace permit holders from their regularly assigned areas during special events. Permit holders shall be provided an alternate area assignment during special events at no extra charge.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.10.560 and 28B.20.130. 97-14-005, 478-116-131, filed 6/19/97, effective 9/15/97.]

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