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Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop Toolkit

Washington Bulk Transmission Site Considerations(2-WA)

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Washington Federal

Preemptive Authority: The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) has preemptive authority over all other state and local agencies. [1]
Siting Entities: Local governments or the EFSEC
Permit Authorization: Transmission developers may choose to opt-in to the state process or carry out siting and permitting at the local level. Developers typically choose to carry out siting and permitting at the local level. [1]
Siting Triggers: Projects may be permitted under the EFSEC process for transmission projects that are 115kV and higher voltage in which the developer opts-in to the state process, or a transmission line is located within a National Interstate Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETC) [1]
Application Requirements: The Transmission Site Certification process includes a pre-application process, application submittal and review, public hearings, environmental impact statement, adjudicative proceedings and permits review, EFSEC recommendation to the Governor, and Governor’s issuance of a Site Certification Agreement. Local permit application requirements vary by county and municipality [2]
Permit Processing Timeframe: The Site Certification process with the EFSEC is expected to take between 12 and 14 months, and local permits vary by county and municipality [2]

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List of Reference Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 R.C.W. 80-50 (1994).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. EFSEC Generalized Siting Process Flowchart. [Chart]. Olympia, Washington. Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. 2013. Available from: http://en.openei.org/wiki/File:EFSEC_Process.pdf.

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