Periodic Inspection Fees
Ecology’s Dam Safety Office conducts periodic inspections of existing dams that are located in areas where dam failure and release of the reservoir contents could result in the loss of life. The inspections are intended to identify deficiencies, reasonably assure safe operations, and confirm that maintenance is being adequately performed. Periodic inspection fees apply.
Basis for Inspection Fees
Inspections are done every five years for High Hazard and Significant Hazard dams. Prorated periodic inspection fees are collected annually in advance of each 5-year inspection. To determine your fee for this year, refer to Periodic Inspection Fees Table (below). Ecology bills the prorated annual periodic inspection fee based on the hazard level of the dam:
From 2005 to 2010, the fees for periodic inspections were calculated using a Fiscal Growth Factor applied to the previous year’s fees. A rule amendment adopted in February 2012 removed the use of a Fiscal Growth Factor and implemented fees increases as directed in the 2011 Legislature’s budget bill. For more information on this rulemaking, please see Dam Safety Fee Rulemaking or Current Rulemaking Chapter 173-175 WAC - Dam Safety.
Exceptions to the periodic inspection fee
The exceptions to the normal periodic inspection fees are:
Periodic inspection fees are explained in the publication “Dam Safety Fees”
Dam Safety Fees
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