The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) filed an emergency rule on April 19 to speed plan review for modular buildings, among other structures. This is an extension of the procedure already in place in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). L&I filed the original emergency rule (CR-103E) on Dec. 20, 2021. This rulemaking renews the emergency rule for another 120 days, extending it through August 17, 2022.
The extension allows more time for the Factory Assembled Structures Program (FAS) to address the backlog of more than 2,000 design plans. It also allows more time to determine whether its new plan review procedures are working.
About the emergency rule
The emergency rule allows customers to use an agency-approved licensed professional engineer or architect to review plans. The process covers the review of design plans for factory-built structures, recreational park trailers, recreational vehicles, and conversion vendor units (such as food trucks).
The emergency rule also clarifies 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.
The changes affect rules under:
You can find information about this rulemaking here or by going online to the program’s “Laws & Rules” page.
If you have any questions, please contact us at FAS1@Lni.wa.gov or call 1-800-705-1411, Option 3.