Fee Increase Adopted
The Department of Health held a public hearing on the Wastewater and Reclaimed Water Use Fees for Large On-site Sewage System (LOSS) rule (WAC 246-272-3000) on March 2, 2020. The Department of Health adopted the rule which becomes effective on July 1, 2020.
Questions about the fee increase? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-236-3330.
The Department of Health determined that fees for Large On-site Sewage System operation needed to be increased to continue to permit and regulate Large On-site Sewage Systems. The department last increased fees in 2007. Since that time the program's scope has been expanded, permitting and regulating Large On-site Sewage Systems has become more complex, and inflationary costs have increased, resulting in a shortfall in funding. View our Questions and Answers About the Fee Increase (PDF) and the detailed Economic Impact Analysis (PDF).
Annual Permit Fee Changes
|Current Fee||July 1, 2020 Fee||July 1, 2021 Fee|
|Initial and Annual Permit Base Fee||$150||$450||$608|
|Initial and Annual Gallon Per Day Fee
(Based on Approved Design Flow in Gallons Per Day)
|$.01 per gallon||$.03 per gallon||$.0405 per gallon|
Annual Permit Fee Calculator
All annual permit fees are calculated based on the base fee and a per gallon fee. The base fee is the same for all Large On-site Sewage Systems. The per gallon fee is determined based on the Large On-site Sewage System's peak design capacity in gallons per day. The new fee for any Large On-site Sewage System can be calculated by multiplying the new per gallon fee by the peak design capacity for the Large On-site Sewage System and adding this to the new base fee.
Project Review Fee Changes
|Project Fees||Current Fee||July 1, 2020 Fee||July 1, 2021 Fee|
|New and modification project reviews (up to eight hours review time)||$800||$848||$848|
|Reduced modification project review (up to four hours of review time)||$800||$424*||$424*|
|Review of documents in response to permit conditions (hourly charge)||$0||$106||$106|
|Inspection related to an enforcement event||$0||$1000||$1000|
|Late application processing fee||$0||$94||$94|
*WAC 246-272-3000 will provide an option for reduced project review fees for some minor modification or small repair/improvement projects.
Rule Revision Contacts
Jeremy Simmons, Wastewater Program Manager, 360-236-3346
Peter Beaton, Rules Coordinator, 360-236-4031