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March 18, 1998

L&I proposes fee increases for building services

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries today proposed a 4.05 percent fee increase that, if approved, will apply to most of its inspection, permitting, licensing and certification services within the building and construction industry.

The fee increases are necessary to help offset inflation, department officials said.

The proposed increase would take effect June 30, 1998. The first public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 23 in the Spokane Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway, Spokane. A second public hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 24 in the auditorium of the Labor & Industries Building at 7273 Linderson Way in Tumwater.

The fee increase proposal would cover services performed by the Department for electrical, elevator, contractor registration, plumbing and factory-assembled structures such as manufactured homes and recreational vehicles.

The proposed fee increases are in compliance with the Office of Financial Management guidelines. OFM is the state agency that retains budget oversight for all state agencies. OFM set 4.05 percent as the maximum allowable growth rate for fiscal year 1998.

Other rule change proposals also are being made.

Several administrative rule changes are being proposed for state electrical inspection regulations, including some new fees for new services being performed by the department.

In addition, the state regulations for electrical certification and elevator fees have been re-written in "clear rule writing" format to comply with an executive order by the governor and the state's Administrative Procedures Act.

Minor revisions are being made to the rules covering factory-assembled structures. L&I is the state agency with jurisdiction over construction of manufactured homes, factory-built housing and commercial structures, and commercial coaches such as vendor units for food sales. The agency reviews design plans for units intended for sale in Washington, conducts factory inspections and inspects manufactured homes on-site when they are altered.

The proposed rule changes would clarify these rules in accordance with the clear rule writing standards, and bring the rules for L&I inspections of these units in compliance with state electrical codes and state building codes for structural, mechanical and plumbing systems.

Full copies of the proposed changes can be obtained by calling:

Elevator Program: 360-902-6130
Factory-Assembled Structure program: 360-902-5245
Contractor Registration: 360-902-5263
Plumber Certification Program: 360-902-5263
Electrical Program: 360-902-5259

Written comments on the rule change proposals are due by 5 p.m. May 1. They may be sent to:

Administrative Regulations Coordinator
Attn: George Huffman
Specialty Compliance Services Division
P.O. Box 4400
Olympia WA 98504-4400

Written comments of less than 10 pages may be faxed to: 360-902-5292.

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