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January 3, 1997

L&I proposes fee increases for building inspection programs

TUMWATER - Fee increases to cover the increased costs of administering Department of Labor & Industries programs that inspect and regulate the building industry are proposed to go into effect in June, the agency announced today.

A public hearing on the proposed changes to Washington Administrative Code will take place Feb. 25 at the Labor & Industries Building auditorium in Tumwater and Feb. 27 at the Spokane County Commissioner's Assembly room in the Public Planning Building in Spokane. Both hearings are at 1 p.m. The fee increases would take effect on June 27.

The proposed general increase of 4.45 percent applies across-the-board to fees for:

  • Inspection and permitting of conveyances, such as elevators, escalators, material lifts, etc.
  • Registration of contractors.
  • Factory assembled structure inspections, such as commercial coaches, manufactured homes and recreational vehicles.
  • Electrical inspections, permits and license examinations.
  • Plumber certifications.

The purpose of the fee is to help offset increased operating costs for the programs they effect, department officials said. It has been several years since the fees were raised.

The 4.45 percent figure was provided to Labor & Industries by the Office of Financial Management, the state agency that retains budget oversight for all state agencies. By statute, the 4.45 percent is the maximum allowable fiscal growth rate factor for fiscal year 1997. Numbers will be rounded down to the nearest quarter. For instance, if 4.45 percent added to a current fee of $40 is $41.78, the new fee will be $41.75.

The Public Planning Building in Spokane is at 1026 W. Broadway. The Labor & Industries Building in Tumwater is at 7273 Linderson Way.

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