This chapter includes rules that explain how to conduct business with the Washington utilities and transportation commission (the commission). The commission interacts both informally and formally with the public and with the businesses it regulates.
Part I of this chapter includes basic information about the commission such as the agency's office hours, its physical address and other contact information, and general requirements for communicating with the commission.
Part II includes provisions that relate specifically to rule-making proceedings, such as how a person may submit comments that will be taken into account when the commission considers making changes to its rules.
Part III concerns adjudicative proceedings including hearings on formal complaints, general rate proceedings, applications for authority, petitions for relief, and abbreviated proceedings that may be used in some circumstances.
Part IV concerns other types of commission proceedings including regular and special open public meetings, interpretive and policy statements, declaratory orders, and informal complaints.
These rules are authorized by and supplement the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05
RCW, and the principal statutes that define the commission's authority and responsibility. These statutes are found principally in Titles 80 and 81 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). These procedural rules should be read and understood in conjunction with the Administrative Procedure Act and Titles 80
RCW. Certain of these statutes establish procedural requirements for conducting particular types of business with the commission.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), § 480-07-010, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04.]