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Can I get a waiver (exception) to the minimum licensing requirements or to licensing fees?

(1) In an individual case we can, if we decide you have a good reason, waive a specific requirement and can approve an alternate method for you to achieve the specific requirement if you:
(a) Submit the request in writing to us;
(b) Explain in detail the reason you need the waiver; and
(c) Can demonstrate that you have an alternative method of meeting the intent of the requirement.
(2) If the waiver is approved, you must retain a copy of the written waiver approval on the child care premises.
(3) We approve a waiver request if:
(a) You have a good reason;
(b) We determine that approval of the waiver request will not endanger the safety or welfare of the child or take away from the quality of your service;
(c) The request and approval is for a specific purpose or child; and
(d) The waiver request is for a specific period of time, which must not go beyond the date the license expires.
(4) We can limit or restrict a license issued to you in combination with a waiver.
(5) Any person or agency can submit a request for a waiver of licensing fees. We may waive fees when collection of the fee would:
(a) Not be in the best interest of public health and safety;
(b) Be to the financial disadvantage of the state.
(6) To request a waiver to the requirements to pay a licensing fees, you must:
(a) Submit a sworn, notarized petition requesting a waiver of fees;
(b) Mail or deliver the petition to your local child care licensing office; and
(c) Submit any additional documentation that we may consider relevant to your request for a waiver.
(7) You have no appeal rights to the denial of a waiver request under chapters 34.05 RCW and 170-03 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW and 2006 c 265. WSR 08-08-012, § 170-295-0050, filed 3/19/08, effective 4/19/08. WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-0050, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-0050, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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