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PDFWAC 220-660-470

Formal appeal of administrative actions.

A formal appeal is an appeal to the pollution control hearings board pursuant to chapters 34.05 RCW and 371-08 WAC.
(1) The department recommends that a person aggrieved by the issuance, denial, provisioning, or modification of an HPA contact the department employee responsible for making the decision on the HPA before initiating a formal appeal. Discussion of concerns with the department employee often results in a resolution of the problem without the need for a formal appeal.
(2) The department encourages aggrieved persons to take advantage of the informal appeal process under WAC 220-660-460 before initiating a formal appeal. However, the informal appeal process is not mandatory, and a person may proceed directly to a formal appeal.
This rule does not apply to any provisions in pamphlet HPAs. A person who disagrees with a provision in a pamphlet HPA may apply for an individual, written HPA.
(3) Any person with standing may request a formal appeal of the following department actions:
(a) The issuance, denial, provisioning, or modification of an HPA; or
(b) An order imposing civil penalties.
(4) As required by the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW, the department must inform the HPA permittee or applicant, or person subject to civil penalty order of the department, of the opportunity for appeal, the time within which to file a written request for an appeal, and the place to file it.
(5) A request for formal appeal must be in writing and must be filed with the clerk of the pollution control hearings board (PCHB) and served on the department within thirty days from the date of receipt of the decision or order. "Date of receipt" means:
(a) Five business days after the date of mailing; or
(b) The date of actual receipt, when the actual receipt date can be proven by a preponderance of the evidence. The recipient's sworn affidavit or declaration indicating the date of receipt, which is unchallenged by the department, must constitute enough evidence of actual receipt. The date of actual receipt; however, may not exceed forty-five days from the date of mailing.
(6) The request must be plainly labeled as "Request for Formal Appeal" and, pursuant to WAC 371-08-340, must include the following:
(a) The appellant's name, mailing address, email address (if available), and phone number; and if represented by another, the representative's name, mailing address, email address, and phone number;
(b) The specific department action that the appellant contests;
(c) The date the department issued, denied, provisioned, or modified an HPA, or the date the department issued the order imposing civil penalties;
(d) A copy of the order or permit you are appealing, and if appealing a permit decision, a copy of the permit application;
(e) A short and plain statement explaining why the appellant considers the department action or order to provide inadequate protection of fish life or to be otherwise unjust or unlawful;
(f) A clear and concise statement of facts to explain the appellant's grounds for appeal;
(g) Whether the appellant is the permittee, HPA applicant, landowner, resident, or another person with an interest in the department action in question;
(h) The specific relief requested;
(i) The signature of the appellant or his or her representative.
(7) Service on the department must be submitted in one of the following ways:
(a) Mailed to:
HPA Appeals Coordinator
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Habitat Program
P.O. Box 43234
Olympia, WA 98504-3234;
(b) Email:;
(c) Fax: 360-902-2946; or
(d) Hand delivered to the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Habitat Program, Fifth Floor.
(8) The time period for requesting a formal appeal is suspended during consideration of a timely informal appeal. If there has been an informal appeal, the deadline for requesting a formal appeal must be within thirty days from the date of receipt of the department's written decision in response to the informal appeal.
(9) The department at its discretion may stay the effectiveness of any decision or order that has been appealed to the PCHB. The department will use the standards in WAC 371-08-415(4) to make a decision on any stay request. At any time during the appeal to the PCHB, the appellant may apply to the PCHB for a stay of the decision or order, or removal of a stay imposed by the department.
(10) If there is no timely request for an appeal, the department action will be final and nonappealable.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.020, 77.12.047, 77.55.021, 77.55.091, 77.55.051, 77.55.081, 34.05.328, and 34.05.350. WSR 18-10-054, § 220-660-470, filed 4/27/18, effective 6/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.020, and 77.12.047. WSR 15-02-029 (Order 14-353), § 220-660-470, filed 12/30/14, effective 7/1/15.]
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