The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) proposes a permanent rule to speed review and approval of design plans for factory assembled structures.
The proposed rules allow agency-approved, licensed engineers, architects, or firms, to review plans for the following:
The changes would also update and clarify existing rules for plan review for commercial coaches and factory-built housing and commercial structures.
Why this is happening now
Since 2021, L&I filed a series of emergency rules to address a backlog of design plans in the Factory Assembled Structures Program (FAS). The rule incorporated the use of licensed professionals. It also clarified what a design plan submission must include and how to submit design plans for approval for commercial coaches and factory-built housing and commercial structures.
This rulemaking proposes making permanent rules.
What happens next
A public hearing on the proposed rules will take place April 4, at 9 a.m. at L&I headquarters, 7273 Linderson Way S.W., Tumwater, WA.
You can also join by either:
Click here to join the meeting: https://lni-wa-gov.zoom.us/j/86477040744?pwd=aHlWbGt5WFcyMHlTbWlnK0VaVElvUT09
Meeting ID: 864 7704 0744
The hearing will be held in-person with a virtual and telephonic option. The hearing will continue until all oral comments are received.
You can provide testimony or written comments at the above hearing, or send written comments by 5 p.m. on April 4, to:
If you require communication or accommodation arrangements, please contact Alicia Curry at 360-902-6244, before March 20.
The changes affect rules under:
If adopted, the new rules would take effect April 11, 2023.
If you need additional information or have questions about the rulemaking process, please contact Alicia Curry, at 360-902-6244 or Alicia.Curry@Lni.wa.gov. For technical assistance about the proposed rule, please contact us at FAS1@Lni.wa.gov or call 1-800-705-1411, Option 3.
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