Drinking Water Operating Permit
What is the Purpose of this Permit?
Drinking Water Operating Permits are required for Group A public water systems. These are systems that either have 15 or more services or serve an average of 25 or more people a day for 60 or more days in a calendar year.
On average, permits are issued 60 days after DOH receives a signed application and fee; state law requires a decision within 120 days.
Who issues this Permit?
Department of Health
What Activities Require this Permit?
Operating a public water system that has 15 or more services or serves more than 25 people a day for more than 60 days a year.
How Much Will this Permit Cost?
Variable based on the number of service connections. Please contact DOH.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
All fees that apply along with your signed and dated application.
Is the Decision on my Permit Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
The decision about how your permit is categorized is based on information on file with DOH regarding compliance with applicable drinking water requirements.
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?Applications (Annual Fee Statements) are sent out on a quarterly schedule, around January 20, April 20, July 20, and October 20. Permits are sent to systems completing an application and sending required fees around May 25, August 25, November 25, and February 25.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Department of Health
How Long is my Permit Valid?
Normally one year from the time it was issued.
What is the Appeal Process for the Permit?
Appealable under chapter 34.05 RCW if the Department denies, conditions, modifies, or revokes a permit.
Notes / Comments:Contact the Office of Drinking Water Regional Office in your area if you have questions about annual operating permits. Spokane (509) 329-2100, Kent (253) 395-6750, Olympia (360) 236-3030.
Office of Drinking Water
243 Israel Road SE, 2nd Floor
PO Box 47822
Olympia, WA 98504-7822
Telephone: (360) 236-3100
Toll Free: 1-800-521-0323
Fax: (360) 236-2253
* Permit information last updated 3/25/2013.
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