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Rule Development

2017 Boiler Rule Development (Fee Increase Proposal)

The Board of Boiler Rules is planning to increase fees in WAC 296-104-700 (212 KB PDF) by the fiscal-growth factor of 4.16% for fiscal year 2018 (Office of Financial Management’s (OFM) maximum allowable fiscal growth rate). The Boiler Program’s budget and projected revenue indicate a fee increase is necessary to cover the program’s operating expenses.

The schedule for this rulemaking is as follows (subject to change):

February 2017

Preproposal (CR-101)

April 2017

Proposed Rule-Making (CR-102)

May 2017

Public Hearing at Tacoma L&I Office

June 2017

Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

The tentative effective date of the rules is July 31, 2017.

 

2017 Boiler Rule Development

The Board of Boiler Rules is considering amendments to sections in Chapter 296-104 WAC, Board of Boiler Rules - Substantive for clarification and technical changes. The Board of Boiler Rules (Board) promulgates rules and regulations for the safe and proper construction, installation, repair, use, and operation of boilers and safe and proper construction, installation and repair of unfired pressure vessels in the state of Washington. The boiler rules are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the rules are consistent with national boiler and unfired pressure vessel safety standards and industry practice, for rule clarity, housekeeping, etc.

Proposed changes for consideration will:

  • Amend the rules to include Installers as responsible parties for permit filing requirements for installations, paying the installation permit fee, and civil penalties for violations; and definition of installer;
  • Amend the rules to eliminate the permit exemption for owner/user inspection agencies;
  • Amend the definitions to outline procedures for “condemned boilers or unfired pressure vessels” and to define the terms used to describe the status of a vessel;

The following are the proposed rule change documents:


The process will start with a discussion of the proposed rules during a study session of the Boiler Board on Feb. 21, and a public meeting Feb. 22. The meetings will start at 10 a.m. both days in Room 504 at L&I’s Tacoma office, 950 Broadway, in Tacoma.

What happens next?

After the Boiler Board meeting in February, there will be a series of steps:

  • The Boiler Board will meet again May 23-24 to consider the formal proposal on the rules. If approved, they will be submitted to the state Code Reviser’s Office and will be published in the state register.
  • A formal public hearing with the Boiler Board is tentatively set for Aug. 2017.
  • A vote to adopt the rules is tentatively slated for Sept. 2017. If adopted, the rules would become effective October 31.

 


2016 boiler rule adopted

The Board of Boiler Rules adopted amendments to WAC 296-104-700 "What are the inspection fees - Examination fees - Certificate fees - Expenses?" to increase fees by the fiscal-growth factor of 4.32% for fiscal year 2017 (OFM's maximum allowable fiscal growth rate).

The Boiler Program's budget and projected revenue indicate a fee increase is necessary to cover the program's operating expenses.

The following is the proposed rule changes that were adopted: WAC 296-104-700 Proposed Language (224 KB PDF).

The rules became effective on October 1, 2016.

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