The commission may commence an adjudicative proceeding at any time with respect to any matter within its jurisdiction and within the scope of its authority. An adjudicative proceeding begins when the commission or presiding officer notifies a party that a prehearing conference, hearing, or other stage of an adjudicative proceeding will be conducted.
(2) Who may file a pleading seeking to initiate an adjudicative proceeding.
A person involved in an actual case or controversy subject to the commission's jurisdiction may apply to the commission for an adjudicative proceeding by filing the appropriate form of pleading.
(3) Types of pleadings that may initiate an adjudicative proceeding.
The following pleadings, when properly and timely filed, constitute applications for adjudicative proceedings:
(a) Formal complaints.
(b) Petitions, when the action sought requires adjudication.
(c) Petitions for declaratory orders under RCW 34.05.240
, when the commission determines that an adjudicative process is necessary to provide parties the opportunity to resolve contested issues.
(d) Filings for general rate increases, as defined in this chapter.
(e) Applications for authority that are not protested, if the commission is required by law to conduct a hearing or determines, in its discretion, that it should set the matter for hearing.
(f) Petitions for review of the denial of unprotested authority and petitions for mitigation of penalties assessed without hearing.
(g) Protests to applications for authority.
The commission will not initiate an adjudicative proceeding in response to such an application when contrary to statute or rule, when the application is presented during an existing adjudication (except pursuant to the commission's discretion under RCW 34.05.413
(1)), or when the subject raised by the application is not required to be resolved in an adjudicative proceeding, as defined in chapter 34.05
(4) Commission notification of any deficiencies in a pleading.
Within thirty days after receiving an application for an adjudicative proceeding, the commission may notify the applicant of any obvious errors or omissions, request any additional information it requires regarding the application for adjudicative proceeding, and notify the applicant of the name, mailing address, and telephone number of a person on the commission staff that may be contacted regarding the application.
(5) Commission determination to conduct adjudicative proceeding.
Within ninety days after a party files and serves a pleading or a party files and serves a response, whichever comes later, the commission will:
(a) Commence an adjudicative proceeding by serving the parties with a notice of hearing pursuant to RCW 34.05.434
(b) Decide not to conduct an adjudicative proceeding and furnish the applicant with a copy of its written decision, which will include a brief statement of reasons and notice of any administrative review available.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), § 480-07-305, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04.]