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Initial and nonexpiring full licensesLicensing fees.

The department may issue an initial license to centers that have not yet begun providing care, but are accepting applications for potential clients.
(1) The department may issue an initial license when an applicant can show that he or she is following the rules regarding the child's health and safety.
(2) The department may issue an initial license if an applicant has not yet opened for business, and so is not yet able to show that he or she is complying with the rules pertaining to:
(a) Staff to child interactions;
(b) Group size and staff to child ratios;
(c) Behavior management and discipline;
(d) Activity programs;
(e) Child records and information; and
(f) Other rules that require us to observe the facility's ability to comply with rules.
(3) Applicants must provide the department with a plan to comply with the rules listed in subsection (2)(a) through (f) of this section. The department must approve of that plan.
(4) The department may issue an initial license to an applicant for a period not to exceed six months, renewable for a period not to exceed two years.
(5) When a licensee has an initial license the department evaluates the licensee's ability to comply with all rules contained in this chapter and chapter 170-300 WAC prior to issuing a nonexpiring full license under WAC 170-295-0095.
(6) The department may issue a nonexpiring full license to a licensee operating under an initial license who:
(a) Demonstrates full compliance with the health and safety requirements of this chapter and chapter 170-300 WAC at any time during the period of initial licensure;
(b) Demonstrates substantial compliance with the other requirements of this chapter and chapter 170-300 WAC at any time during the period of initial licensure; and
(c) Meets the requirements for a nonexpiring full license as provided in WAC 170-295-0095.
(7) The department must deny a nonexpiring full license to a licensee operating under an initial license who does not demonstrate the ability to comply with all rules contained in this chapter and chapter 170-300 WAC during the period of initial licensure.
(8) Fees are due with applications for initial licenses or continuations of a nonexpiring full license.
(9) The department does not process an application or continuation until the applicant or licensee, as applicable, has paid the required fee.
(10) Applicants or licensees can pay licensing fees for:
(a) A minimum of one year; or
(b) Multiple years.
(11) Applicants and licensees pay their fees by mailing a check or money order for the required amount to the department.
(12) If there is a change in a facility that places the facility in a different fee category, the department prorates the additional fee amount over the remainder of the license period.
(13) If an applicant or licensee withdraws an application before the department denies or issues a license, the fee shall not be refunded.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.020, 43.215.060, 43.215.070, and 43.215.201. WSR 17-15-056, § 170-295-0090, filed 7/13/17, effective 8/13/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070, 43.215.060, 43.43.832(6), and chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 12-09-060, § 170-295-0090, filed 4/17/12, effective 5/18/12. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW and 2006 c 265. WSR 08-08-012, § 170-295-0090, filed 3/19/08, effective 4/19/08. WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-0090, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 04-09-093, § 388-295-0090, filed 4/20/04, effective 5/21/04; WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-0090, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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