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  • March 26, 2018 4:52 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Brief Description: This rulemaking creates chapter 296-840 WAC, Respirable Crystalline Silica, and amends WAC 296-841-20025, Permissible exposure limits (PELs), and WAC 296-307-62625, Permissible exposure limits of air contaminants. These amendments update references to the respirable crystalline silica rule.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA’s) final rule for Respirable Crystalline Silica in 29 CFR 1926.1153 (Construction) and 29 CFR 1910.1053 (General Industry/Maritime) became effective on June 23, 2016. The department is required to update their rules to be at least as effective as OSHA.

    The department’s Respirable Crystalline Silica rule covers construction and general industry in one rule (chapter 296-840 WAC), whereas OSHA has separate rules for each. The new Silica chapter addresses and limits worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica in workplaces, with the intent of curbing lung cancer incidents, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in Washington workers.

    The effective date of the rule is April 23, 2018, and the compliance dates are as follows: 
         • For occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica in construction work, employers must comply with all obligations of the rule by October 1, 2018
         • For all occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica other than construction work, employers must comply with all obligations of the rule by July 1, 2019, except:
         • Employers must comply with the medical surveillance requirements for employees exposed above the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for thirty or more days per year beginning on July 1, 2019
         • Employers must comply with the medical surveillance requirements for employees exposed above the Action Level (Al) for thirty or more days per year beginning on June 23, 2020; and 
         • For hydraulic and fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry, employers must comply with the engineering control requirements beginning on July 1, 2022.

    Effective date:  April 23, 2018

  • March 21, 2018 10:11 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    The City of East Wenatchee currently has an opening for a position on the Planning Commission. Applicants must reside within the city or in Douglas County within three miles of the city limits, own property within the city limits, or do business in the city. The Mayor makes all appointments to the Planning Commission and the term of office is two years.

    For more information and an application for appointment, please click here. We strongly encourage our members to get involved in important positions like these!

  • January 26, 2018 8:29 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Rules filed January 23, 2018

    Division: Field Services and Public Safety (Electrical Program)

    Topic: Adoption (CR-103) - Electrical Rules

    Brief Description:  This rulemaking amends WAC 296-46B-920, Electrical/telecommunications license/certificate types and scope of work. The Department accepted two petitions for rulemaking to modify the scopes of work for Residential (02) and Signs (04) electrician specialties.

    The adopted rule:

    • Allows Residential (02) specialty electricians to work in multi-family occupancies of buildings of types III, IV or V construction when there are not more than six stories of multifamily dwellings of types III, IV or V construction above grade or above types I or II construction. Under the current rule, Residential (02) specialty electricians are limited to installation of non-metallic sheathed cable in multifamily dwellings to three stories above grade. The adopted rule aligns the scope of work for Residential (02) specialty electricians with the building code requirements for the installation of non-metallic sheathed cable. Building codes restrict the building construction types where non-metallic sheathed cable can be used to a maximum of six stories. The building code allows a maximum of those six stories to be built above grade (types III, IV or V construction above grade) or above types of construction where non-metallic sheathed cable is not allowed, commonly referred to as pedestal construction (types III, IV or V construction above types I or II construction); and
    • Allows Signs (04) specialty electricians to retrofit existing luminaires that are mounted on a pole or other structure with energy efficient technology, such as LED’s. Under the existing rule, Signs (04) specialty electricians can service, maintain, or repair these luminaires with like-in-kind components but the rule prohibits alterations such as LED retrofits. Electrical contractors and electricians licensed as General (01), Nonresidential (07) specialty, or Nonresidential Lighting Maintenance and Lighting Retrofit (07A) specialty must perform this type of alteration work.

    Effective date: February 23, 2018

  • December 21, 2017 3:34 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    The online permit center will allow City of Wenatchee permit holders (contractors and homeowners) to check the status of their permit application, schedule and view inspections, and review inspection activity and results. The online permit center also has a parcel search function to quickly find ownership information and any permit(s) associated with the parcel. To register for access, please call 509-888-3200 to obtain your access code.


    In early 2018 the City of Wenatchee will be offering electronic document review with electronic permit submittal. As part of their online permit center they are working to coordinate a stream-lined process for submittal and review processes. Due to the nature of the electronic plan review software, all plans can be examined by multiple departments at the same time. This increases efficiency and precision throughout the project. All correspondence with the applicant regarding the project will be communicated via email.

    Please visit our Online Permit Center at

  • November 27, 2017 11:16 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    The City of Wenatchee Planning Commission has a vacancy and is seeking applications from interested persons.  Applications can be found here and should be submitted to the City Clerk at 129 South Chelan Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801, or by email at

    Are you interested in the future of the City of Wenatchee and would like to have an impact on how our city looks, feels, and functions?  We are interested in promoting a healthy city in terms of the quality of life, health and safety, the built and natural environment, infrastructure, and economy.  How this is accomplished depends on balancing the needs and desires residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors while recognizing the opportunities and limitations of available resources.

    The City of Wenatchee Planning Commission is a seven-member body appointed by the Wenatchee City Council.  The planning commission provides recommendations on community issues and development regulations on a wide variety of topics.   The Commissioners are advocates for the community and provide an important venue to encourage citizen participation.  2018 will be a busy year for the Planning Commission as the Commission considers new zoning and development standards for housing, signage standards, and critical area requirements among other issues.  These codes are intended to implement recently updated direction in the City’s comprehensive plans and are developed for the City Council’s consideration.

    The Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations on the following Department of Community Development issues:

    • Amendments to the comprehensive plan and sub-area planning efforts
      Amendments to the zoning, subdivision, and critical area codes.
    • Reviews on applications for alternative parking analysis.
    • Review of alternative proposals for architectural design.
    • Other actions requested or remanded by the City Council

    The Planning Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and begin at 5:30 pm. All meetings are held at Wenatchee City Hall, 129 South Chelan Avenue

  • October 30, 2017 2:27 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

  • October 23, 2017 10:00 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    TUMWATER — Mandatory paid sick leave in Washington starts in just over two months. This week, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) released new state requirements on how the paid sick leave law will be implemented.

    As a result of voter-approved Initiative 1433, employers are required to provide paid sick leave starting Jan. 1, 2018.

    “This is a big change, so we made sure people had every chance to weigh in on the rules and let us know the potential impacts,” said L&I Assistant Director of Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards Elizabeth Smith. “Now that they’re final, the next step is to make sure that employers know what’s required so they can be ready when the new law takes effect on January 1.”  

    The newly adopted rules provide details on how the law will be carried out, covering topics like how employees accrue paid sick leave, what they can use it for, when they can use it, and how to calculate rates of pay for paid sick leave.

    The new requirements are the result of a rulemaking process carried out by L&I over several months. The agency held informal meetings to gather public ideas and thoughts on implementing the new law. Then, after drafting the proposed rule, L&I held four public hearings around the state and took numerous written comments. L&I Director Joel Sacks signed the final rules this week.

    Statewide outreach and media campaign to raise awareness

    L&I is working with numerous organizations around the state to help employers get ready. In November, new L&I tools and resources will be available online, including templates for paid sick leave policies. L&I is also launching a statewide paid media campaign in November including TV, radio, social media and other online ads, which will run through early 2018.

    Enforcement phase of rulemaking underway now

    A second phase of rulemaking on mandatory paid sick leave is just getting underway. It will detail how the new law will be enforced. This process also offers opportunities to provide input, including two public hearings in November. The deadline for public comment is November 17.

    Along with mandatory paid sick leave, Initiative 1433 also increases the state minimum wage annually over the next three years. In 2018, the state minimum wage will climb to $11.50 an hour. The initiative also ensures employers pay their employees tips and service charges.

    There’s more information online about the upcoming public hearings and the paid sick leave rules process (

  • August 17, 2017 11:45 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    August 17, 2017

    At the direction of the State Department of Ecology, the Chelan County Board of Commissioners have been working for several years to finalize an update to the county’s Shoreline Master Program. They held a public hearing Tuesday afternoon where dozens of citizens voiced their concerns. Dan Langager talked with Commissioner Keith Goehner yesterday about how commissioners will incorporate those public comments.

    Today Dan gets the perspective of the building community from Building North Central Washington CEO Marc Straub and Government Affairs Director Dan Beardslee. Straub said he encourages all shoreline property owners to get involved. County commissioners will hold another meeting on the issue Tues. Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. in their board room at 400 Douglas St. in Wenatchee.


  • August 08, 2017 12:14 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Important Public Hearing in East Wenatchee, Tonight!

    For more than a year, BNCW and our partner NCWAR have been engaged in pushing back against an effort to implement Minimum Density standards within the urban growth area (UGA) in East Wenatchee.

    These requirements would essentially mandate that a property owner seeking to sub-divide their property must do so in a prescribed number of smaller lots, removing that decision from the property owner. 

    Planning staff is justifying the proposed ordinances as being necessary to comply with the state mandated Growth Management Act. Not true! There is nothing in the GMA that requires a city to adopt minimum density standards. 

    It's also being sold as an affordable housing program, when in fact it's not that at all. If that's the argument, then simply allow high-density, but don't mandate it. There is a limited market for high-density housing and once that market is saturated, then what?  Everyone else (not everyone likes gulag-style living) will have to pay more because of artificial restrictions on the supply of housing, that’s what.

    You cannot regulate affordability into existence, but you certainly can regulate unaffordability into existence!

    Last year, a large number of citizens attended the public hearing, expressed their concerns about their property rights being adversely affected, and the City tabled the effort.

    Tonight--Tuesday, August 8, at 5:30pm, there is yet another public hearing to pass the mandated minimum density standards/requirements. We're asking that you consider attending tonight's hearing--even if you simply do so and don't choose to speak, your presence in the audience is KEY! 

    Where:  City Hall, Council Chambers, 271 9th Street NE, E.W.

    When: 5:30pm, August 8

    What: Public Hearing

    Thank you for your involvement!

  • August 01, 2017 4:15 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    TUMWATER With record-setting hot weather expected in much of the state this week, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) urges employers and workers to take precautions to prevent heat-related illness.

    Workers exposed to extreme heat may experience heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, fainting, nausea and other symptoms. Heat-related illness can rapidly escalate to heat stroke, which can be fatal.

    Roofing, highway construction and agricultural work are just a few of the jobs across Washington in which workers are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses when temperatures rise.

    People who work outdoors in hot weather should follow these five tips to beat the heat:

    1. Drink a lot of water! Start work well hydrated and try to drink a cup every 15 minutes.
    2. Keep an eye on your co-workers. Watch those working around you for signs of heat-related illness, including headaches, dizziness or nausea.
    3. Don’t overdo it. Pace your work and take scheduled breaks in the shade.
    4. Wear lightweight clothing and remove protective gear when it’s safe to do so.
    5. Limit caffeine and avoid heavy meals.

    Employers with workers who work outdoors must train employees and supervisors to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness and the steps to take if someone shows symptoms. Employers are also required to provide plenty of water for workers, respond appropriately to any employee with symptoms of illness, and include heat-related-illness hazards in the company’s accident prevention program.

    Along with the direct health effects of working in extreme heat, heat-related illness can contribute to injuries by causing workers to become fatigued, dizzy, confused or disoriented on the job. That can lead to falls, equipment operation accidents and other on-the-job incidents.

    For more information, including tips to assist both workers and employers, visit

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