Washington Hazmat Transportation regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington Hazmat Transportation: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous materials transportation: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 446-50-010 to 446-50-080, WAC 446-65-010, and WAC 480-14-390

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Common carriers:

Permits: WAC 480-14-090 and WAC 480-14-190

Application fees: WAC 480-14-140

Reporting and fees: WAC 480-14-150

Interstate carriers:

Registration and fees: WAC 480-14-300

Radioactive waste carriers:

Inspections: WAC 446-50-030 to 446-50-070

Regulatory Agencies

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Commercial Vehicle Division

Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Washington has adopted the federal hazardous materials transporter requirements as they apply to the transportation of hazardous materials on public highways. The state has additional inspection provisions for carriers of radioactive waste materials.

Administration and enforcement. WSP is responsible for ensuring compliance with hazardous materials transportation regulations, including those for radioactive wastes. UTC registers carriers and conducts safety audits at the company terminal.

State Requirements



WAC 480-14-090 and WAC 480-14-190

UTC will issue a common carrier permit to any applicant who:

  • Files the appropriate application for either intrastate or interstate carriers.
  • Meets the insurance requirements, which are the same as the federal.

Permit holders must carry a copy of operating authority issued by UTC on each power unit operated in intrastate operations.

Application Fees

WAC 480-14-140

The application fee for permanent common carrier operating authority for hazardous ...

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