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PDFWAC 212-80-205

Suspension or revocation of licenses or certificates.

(1) Who can suspend or revoke a license or certificate? The director may refuse to issue or renew or may suspend or revoke the privilege of a certificate holder, or a licensed or unlicensed fire protection sprinkler system contractor to engage in the fire protection sprinkler system business. The director may establish penalties against a person who violates any provision of chapter 18.160 or 18.270 RCW or any provision of this chapter while he or she is engaged in the design, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, or repair, of a fire sprinkler system or any part of such system.
(2) What actions result in suspension, revocation or civil penalties against a fire protection sprinkler system contractor licensee or certificate holder?
(a) Gross incompetence - The licensed contractor or certificate holder demonstrated he or she does not have the qualifications or ability to perform at the level of license or certificate required to contract or offer to bid on the design, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, or repair, of a fire protection sprinkler system or any part of such system. For the purpose of this subsection, qualifications mean that the person did not possess or has not possessed a valid certificate to the level required for the work performed.
(b) Gross negligence – The licensed contractor or certificate holder has demonstrated a habitual failure in the preparation of layout drawings, installation, repair, alteration, testing, maintenance, inspection, or addition to fire protection sprinkler systems in accordance with plans, specifications, building codes, or the publications of the National Fire Protection Association. For the purpose of this subsection, "habitual failure" means that the person has over a period of time committed five violations of chapter 18.160 or 18.270 RCW, or this chapter in separate offenses, or has failed to design or install sprinkler systems in accordance with plans, specifications, building codes, or the publications of the National Fire Protection Association. Violations for gross negligence identified and enforced by the authority having jurisdiction must:
(i) Show a pattern of performance issues or repetitive violations of chapter 18.160 or 18.270 RCW, or this chapter to the director;
(ii) Demonstrate that the pattern of performance issues or repetitive violations have occurred in any jurisdiction within the state of Washington beginning no more than five years from the date the authority having jurisdiction's investigation commences; and
(iii) Provide documentation to show the licensed contractor or certificate holder's gross negligence including, but not limited to:
(A) Correspondence between the licensed contractor or certificate holder and the local authority having jurisdiction that identifies violations of work that do not comply with the applicable standards;
(B) Failed permit or work inspections;
(C) Issued stop work order;
(D) Investigations resulting from a complaint;
(E) Violation notices; or
(F) Issued citations or infractions.
(c) Dishonest practices - The licensed contractor or the certificate holder will not engage in dishonest fire protection sprinkler systems business practices that include, but are not limited to:
(i) Charging customers for work not performed. When a licensee is suspended, revoked, or denied, as part of a complaint investigation where the licensed contractor or certificate holder received payment for supplies or work not performed and did not return the funds to the person contracting for the service, the director may upon receipt of a renewal application require that the licensed contractor or certificate holder pay restitution as a condition to renew the license.
(ii) Receiving down payments on work that the licensed contractor or the certificate holder is not licensed or certified to perform.
(iii) Implying either verbally or in writing that either the licensed contractor or the certificate holder possesses the appropriate license or certificate to bid on or complete fire sprinkler work when he or she does not have that fire protection sprinkler system contractor license or certification level.
(iv) Performing certification, installation, inspection, testing, or maintenance for a water based fire protection sprinkler system or equipment contrary to the National Fire Protection Association codes, National Fire Protection Association standards, or manufacturer's specifications.
(v) Performing certification, installation, inspection, testing, or maintenance for a water based fire protection sprinkler system or equipment beyond that which the contractor is licensed or certificate holder is certified, regardless of whether or not the work done was in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association codes, National Fire Protection Association standards, or manufacturer's specifications.
(d) Actions showing an indifference to comply with the fire protection sprinkler system business practices that include, but are not limited to a licensed contractor:
(i) Offering to contract for fire protection sprinkler system work without currently employing a certificate holder.
(ii) Requiring or allowing employees to falsify any sprinkler tags, labels, or inspection reports.
(iii) Permitting or requiring a certificate holder to use his or her certificate in connection with the preparation of any technical drawings that have not been prepared personally by the certificate holder or under his or her direct supervision, or in violation of this chapter.
(e) Any violation of this section constitutes a level 3 violation.
(3) Will a licensed contractor or certificate holder be notified if action is taken against their license or certification? Yes. The licensed contractor or certificate holder will be notified in writing of the denial, suspension, or revocation action.
(4) What is the process for the director to deny, suspend, or revoke a license or certificate? The director may deny, suspend, or revoke a license or certificate under the following process:
(a) The director must give the licensed contractor or certificate holder notice of the action and an opportunity to be heard as prescribed in chapter 34.05 RCW before the denial, suspension, or revocation of the license or certificate.
(b) Upon receiving notice of the denial, suspension, or revocation action, the licensed contractor or certificate holder may, within thirty days from the date of the notice of action, request in writing to the director a hearing on the denial, suspension, or revocation of the license or certificate. An adjudicative proceeding will be commenced within ninety days of the receipt of a hearing request. Failure to request a hearing, or failure to appear at a requested hearing, a prehearing conference, or any other stage of an adjudicative proceeding, will constitute default and may result in the entry of a final order under RCW 34.05.440.
(c) Upon receiving a hearing request, the director may, at the request of the licensed contractor or certificate holder, or on his or her own initiative, schedule an informal settlement conference which will be without prejudice to the rights of the parties. The informal settlement conference will be held in Thurston County at a mutually agreed upon time and may result in a settlement agreement. If no agreement is reached, a hearing will be scheduled as outlined in chapter 34.05 RCW.
(d) The director may, without prior notification to the licensed contractor or certificate holder, deny, suspend, or revoke a license or certificate if the director finds that there is a danger to the public health, safety, or welfare that requires immediate action. In every summary suspension of a license or certificate, an order signed by the director or designee must be entered, in compliance with the provisions of RCW 34.05.479. Administrative proceedings consistent with chapter 34.05 RCW for revocation or other action shall be promptly instated and determined. The director must give notice as is practicable to the licensed contractor or certificate holder.
(5) What are the penalties associated with performing fire protection sprinkler system work while a license or certificate is denied, suspended, or revoked?
(a) Any person engaged in the trade of designing, installing, inspecting, testing, maintaining, or repairing a fire protection sprinkler systems or any part of such system while his or her license or certificate is denied, suspended, or revoked, will be issued a level 3 violation.
(b) Any licensed or unlicensed fire protection sprinkler system contractor that allows an employee or trainee to engage in the trade designing, installing, inspecting, testing, maintaining, or repairing a fire protection sprinkler system or any part of such a system while his or her license or certificate has been denied, suspended, or revoked, will be issued a level three violation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.270.900 and 18.160.030. WSR 14-03-019, § 212-80-205, filed 1/7/14, effective 2/7/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.270.900. WSR 09-01-114, § 212-80-205, filed 12/19/08, effective 1/19/09. Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.43 and 18.160 RCW. WSR 05-17-099, § 212-80-205, filed 8/16/05, effective 9/16/05; WSR 05-05-006, amended and recodified as § 212-80-205, filed 2/4/05, effective 3/7/05. Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.63A and 18.160 RCW. WSR 94-24-032, § 212-80-065, filed 12/1/94, effective 1/1/95; WSR 92-20-070 (Order 92-08), § 212-80-065, filed 10/5/92, effective 11/5/92; WSR 91-14-086 (Order 91-06), § 212-80-065, filed 7/1/91, effective 8/1/91.]
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