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Published on Friday, January 10, 2014

Scrap metal businesses need approval from city to locate in the jurisdiction – contact the Department of Licensing

The Department of Licensing (DOL) needs your help to implement a law adopted in 2013 intended to reduce scrap metal theft. The law established a state licensing program that requires a license applicant to have written certification of compliance with local laws from the jurisdiction where scrap metal business will operate.

The new law, RCW 19.290, requires that state applications for scrap metal businesses include verification from the chief executive officer, chief of police or a designee certifying:

  1. The applicant has an established place of business at the address shown on the application;
  2. There are no known environmental, building code, zoning, or other land use regulation violations associated with the business being located at the address; and
  3. In the case of a renewal of a scrap metal license, the applicant is in compliance with chapter 19.290, RCW.

In order to implement this new requirement, DOL needs a list of all the person(s) designated to approve a scrap metal business location. DOL sent a letter out last December to each city, asking the jurisdiction to identify the person or persons authorized to verify the certification. If you haven’t already responded to DOL’s request, please do so as soon as possible so that DOL may begin issuing licenses. For more information, you can contact Bryan Jackson at DOL, brjackson@dol.wa.gov.

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