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PDFWAC 480-07-910

Informal complaints.

(1) How to make an informal complaint. Any person may make an informal complaint to the commission about any business or entity the commission regulates or about the commission's operations. A person may make an informal complaint by telephone, correspondence, or email or by using the complaint form available on the commission's web site.
(2) Contents. An informal complaint must identify the business, entity, or operations to which the complaint pertains. An informal complaint should:
(a) Present all facts that are needed for the commission to understand the nature of, and reason(s) for, the complaint;
(b) Describe the acts or omissions that led to the complaint, with all relevant dates; and
(c) Cite all relevant statutes or rules, if the person who files the complaint knows them.
(3) Commission response; result. Commission employees assigned to assist consumers may discuss an informal complaint with the affected persons. The commission will investigate the complaint to determine if there are violations of any applicable rule or law and if so, will work with the parties to ensure compliance. The commission encourages the informal resolution of disputes whenever possible. An informal complaint will not result in a hearing or an order.
(4) Uniform Mediation Act not applicable. The Uniform Mediation Act, chapter 7.07 RCW, does not apply to the commission's informal complaint resolution process.
(5) Filing of formal complaint regarding subject of informal complaint. Making an informal complaint does not prevent any party from filing a formal complaint as provided in WAC 480-07-305. The commission also may initiate a formal complaint proceeding on its own initiative. The commission will stop processing an informal complaint when a person filing an informal complaint files a formal complaint or the commission initiates a formal complaint proceeding.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. WSR 18-18-041 (Docket A-130355, General Order R-592), § 480-07-910, filed 8/29/18, effective 9/29/18; WSR 06-16-053 (Docket A-050802, General Order R-536), § 480-07-910, filed 7/27/06, effective 8/27/06; WSR 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), § 480-07-910, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04.]
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