For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms and definitions are important: "Administrative law judge"
is any person appointed by the chief administrative law judge (as defined in RCW 34.12.020
(2)) to preside at a notice of infraction appeal hearing convened under chapter 18.27
RCW and this chapter. "Appeal bond"
is a certified check or money order in the amount prescribed under RCW 18.27.250
made payable to the Washington state department of labor and industries. "Appeal hearing"
is any proceeding in which an administrative law judge is empowered to determine legal rights, duties or privileges of specific parties on behalf of the director. "Applicant"
is any person, firm, corporation or other entity applying to become a registered contractor according to chapter 18.27
RCW and this chapter. Applicant includes all principal officer(s), members, partners of a partnership, firm, corporation, or other entity named on the application. "Citation"
means the same as "infraction." "Compliance inspector"
refers to the departmental staff responsible for investigating potential violations of chapter 18.27
RCW and this chapter. "Consultant"
means any person, individual, firm, agent or other entity who directs, controls or monitors construction activities for a property owner. A general contractor registration is required. A licensed professional acting in the capacity of their license is exempt from registration. "Contractor compliance chief"
refers to the person designated by the director to address all policy and technical issues related to chapter 18.27
RCW and this chapter. "Department"
refers to the department of labor and industries. "Developer"
means any person, firm, corporation or other entity that undertakes:
• The subdivision or development of land for residential purposes; or
• The construction or reconstruction of one or more residential units.
A general contractor registration is required. "Director"
refers to the director of the department of labor and industries or the director's designee acting in the place of the director. "Final judgment"
means any money that is owed to a claimant as a result of court action against or settlement with a contractor and/or contractor's bond or assigned savings account with the department or any money that is owed the department as a result of a contractor's unsuccessful appeal of an infraction. Final judgment also includes any penalties assessed against the contractor and owed the department as a result of an infraction or notice of correction that has not been appealed, final tax warrants or any delinquent fees or penalties due. "Final tax warrant"
is a document used by the department to establish the debt of a tax payer. "Infraction"
means a violation of chapter 18.27
RCW and this chapter as cited by the chief contractor compliance inspector or the department's construction compliance inspectors. The notice of infraction also serves as a notice of assessment. "Mobile/manufactured home dealer"
is a vehicle dealer that deals in mobile homes, park trailers, or travel trailers, or more than one type of these vehicles and licensed as required under chapter 46.70
RCW. "On-premise sign"
means a sign at a permanent place of business or a sign placed at a job location while the registered contractor is working at the site. A sign left at a work site after a contractor has left is not an "on-premise" sign and must contain the registered contractor's registration number. "Property management company"
means any person, firm or other entity that in the pursuit of a property management business advertises, bids/offers, or performs construction, maintenance or repair services with their own employees on property not owned by the property management company. A general contractor registration is required. "Renewal"
means the renewal of a contractor's registration before it expires. "Reinstatement"
means the reinstatement of a contractor's registration after the registration has expired, or has been suspended, or been revoked. "Reregistration"
means an update to a contractor's registration because of business structure change. "Secured contractor"
is a contractor who has complied with RCW 18.27.040
by assigning to the department a savings account held in a Washington state bank, or by filing with the department a surety bond. "Security"
is a savings account held in a Washington state bank and assigned to the department in lieu of a surety bond. "Unregistered contractor"
means a person, firm, corporation or other entity working as a contractor without being registered in compliance with chapter 18.27
RCW and this chapter. "Unsatisfied final judgment"
means a judgment that has not been satisfied either through payment, court approved settlement, discharge in bankruptcy, or assignment under RCW 19.72.070
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.27 RCW, 2011 c 15, and 2011 c 301. 11-23-140, § 296-200A-015, filed 11/22/11, effective 12/31/11. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.27 RCW and 2008 c 120. 09-10-079, § 296-200A-015, filed 5/5/09, effective 6/5/09. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.27 RCW and 2007 c 436. 08-16-091, § 296-200A-015, filed 8/4/08, effective 9/4/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.27.040, 18.27.070, 18.27.075, 18.27.125, 2001 c 159, and chapter 18.27 RCW. 03-20-097, § 296-200A-015, filed 9/30/03, effective 11/17/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.27 RCW. 97-24-071, § 296-200A-015, filed 12/2/97, effective 1/5/98.]