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Solid Waste (Handling) Permit

What is the Purpose of this Permit?
Operation of a solid waste facility (landfills, transfer station, some compost operations and recycling facilities, etc.) requires a Solid Waste Permit. These permits are issued by local health departments, and are conditioned to ensure that these facilities meet state and local laws governing solid waste. Because requirements will vary by jurisdiction, the local health department should be contacted for more information. Contacts for local health departments can be found at Ecology's site: http://www.doh.wa.gov/AboutUs/PublicHealthSystem/LocalHealthJurisdictions.aspx.
Who Issues this Permit?
Local Health Department
What Activities Require this Permit?
Operation of a solid waste facility (landfill, transfer station, recycling facility, some composting operations, etc.)
How Much Will this Permit Cost?
Variable. Contact local health department.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
Contact the local health department for their specific requirements. General Guidelines can be found in WAC 173-350-715 and WAC 173-351-720. Additional information can be found at Ecology's website https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Permits-certifications/Solid-waste-permits.
Is the Decision on my Permit Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
Contact the local health department for their specific requirements. General Guidelines can be found in WAC 173-350-715 and WAC 173-351-720. Additional information can be found at Ecology's website at https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Permits-certifications/Solid-waste-permits.
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?
All applications must be approved or denied by the local health department within 90 days of submittal of a complete application.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Contact the local health department: http://www.doh.wa.gov/AboutUs/PublicHealthSystem/LocalHealthJurisdictions.aspx.
How Long is my Permit Valid?
Varies depending on the project, but no longer than 5 years.
What is the Appeal Process for the Permit?
You have 30 days to file the initial appeal with the local health department. After the determination of the health officer, you have 30 days to file additional appeals with the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB).
Notes / Comments:
Contact the local health departments for permit form and specific requirements.

All permitted solid waste handling facilities are inspected by the local health department.
Statewide Contact:
Local Health Department
For assistance contact 1-800-917-0043 (Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance)
Website: http://www.doh.wa.gov/AboutUs/PublicHealthSystem/LocalHealth
* Permit information last updated 2/6/2018
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