Chapter 173-224 WAC

This rulemaking will amend Chapter 173-224 WAC, Water Quality Permit Fees.

This rule amendment allows Ecology to continue recovering expenses in operating and managing the permit programs.

Ecology is proposing to increase fees for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 in order to collect the revenue needed to recover the costs of administering the wastewater and stormwater programs next biennium and move closer to payment equity between fee categories.

Ecology may also propose changes to the structure of specific permit fee categories, beginning with creating the Winery General Permit fee category.

Rulemaking timeline


Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
Jun. 21, 2018

Announcement documents

Rule development phase

Summer 2018 – Spring 2019

Public input & involvement

We held a stakeholder meeting at Ecology HQ and via phone on Jan. 8, 2019.  We had 13 people attend. 

Rule proposal phase (CR-102)

Filing date:
Mar. 7, 2019

Rule proposal documents:

Comment period

Comments are due by April 30, 2019.  You may submit comments by:
  • Testifying or submit written comments at the public hearing.
  • Use our online comment system
  • Mail comments to:Washington State Department of Ecology,
    Charles Gilman, Water Quality Program
    PO Box 47600
    Olympia, WA  98504-7600
We will be holding a hearing in person and via webinar on April 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. at:
Department of Ecology Headquarters
300 Desmond Dr. SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Register for the webinar 

We will explain the proposed changes to the permit fees and answer any questions. We will begin the hearing after the question and answer session. During the hearing, the public may give testimony and written comments on the proposed changes to the rule. Written comments will receive the same consideration as verbal testimony. 

Fee discount during innovation process testing

Ecology is considering reducing fees for permittees who want to research and test new manufacturing technologies and processes that reduce pollutants. We’ve proposed a three-year, 75 percent discount in associated water quality permit fees when innovative projects result in less permit oversight and pollution. We are looking for feedback on this fee discount program. See our focus sheet for more information

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