WSR 13-17-116
[Docket UW-131386—Filed August 21, 2013, 11:23 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Washington utilities and transportation commission (commission) initiates this rule-making inquiry to consider the need to clarify jurisdiction over water companies, homeowner associations, cooperatives and mutual corporations, or similar entities, under WAC 480-110-245 and 480-110-255.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, and 80.04.010.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: During a recent classification proceeding, commission staff (staff) became aware that part of the commission's rule on jurisdiction over water companies, WAC 480-110-255 (2)(e) and (f), may be read to exempt from commission regulation certain entities that are not exempt. To avoid this problem, staff proposes that the commission consider repealing WAC 480-110-255 (2)(e) and (f), relating to homeowner associations, cooperatives, mutual corporations and similar entities. Staff proposes the commission consider addressing the jurisdictional status of such entities, preferably in a policy statement, or in the rule. Also, staff proposes to define the terms "for hire" and "to the public" in WAC 480-110-245 Glossary, in addition to other minor changes in WAC 480-110-255 Jurisdiction, subsections (1)(b), (2)(a).
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and the commission will ask for initial written comments, and will provide the opportunity for additional comments.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested persons may file written comment with the Executive Director and Secretary, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47250, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-7250, phone (360) 664-1174, fax (360) 586-1150, e-mail at, or through the commission's web portal at by 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 23, 2013.
WRITTEN COMMENTS: Written comments may be submitted to the commission at the address given above and should be filed with the commission no later than Monday, September 23, 2013.
Electronic copies. The commission requests that comments be provided in electronic format to enhance public access, for ease of providing comments, to reduce the need for paper copies, and to facilitate quotations from the comments. Comments may be submitted via the commission's web portal at or by electronic mail to the commission's records center at Please include:
The docket number of this proceeding (UW-131386).
The commenting party's name.
The title and date of the comment or comments.
An alternative method for submitting comments may be by mailing/delivering an electronic copy to the commission's records center on a CD or flash drive, in .pdf Adobe Acrobat format or in Word 2010 or later format. Include all of the information requested above. The commission will post on the commission's web site all comments that are provided in electronic format. The web site is located at If you are unable to file your comments electronically or to submit them on a disk, the commission will always accept a paper document.
Opportunity for further comment is anticipated. Information about the schedule and other aspects of the rule making, including comments, will be posted on the commission's web site as it becomes available. If you wish to receive further information on this rule making you may (1) call the commission's records center at (360) 664-1234, (2) e-mail the commission at <>, or (3) mail written comments to the address above to the attention of Steven V. King, executive director and secretary. When contacting the commission, please refer to Docket UW-131386 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to Penny Ingram at (360) 664-1242 or e-mail
TO CONTINUE RECEIVING NOTICES AND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RULE MAKING—The commission wants to ensure its mailings are sent to persons who are interested in the topic and want to receive that information. ANY PERSON WHO COMMENTS will continue to receive notices and information. If you do not submit comments but wish to remain on the mailing list for this rule making, please advise the records center by any one of the following methods: (1) Send a note with your name, address (or a copy of your mailing label), and telephone and fax numbers referencing Docket UW-131386, and the words "Please keep me on the mailing list"; or (2) e-mail your name, address, telephone and fax numbers, referencing Docket UW-131386, and the words "Please keep me on the mailing list" to <>. Please note that all information in the mailings will be accessible through the commission's internet web site at <>. THOSE INTERESTED PERSONS WHO DO NOT RESPOND MAY NOT RECEIVE FURTHER MAILINGS OR INFORMATION ON THE RULE MAKING.
August 21, 2013
Steven V. King
Executive Director
and Secretary