Washington Property Transfer regulations & environmental compliance analysis
Washington Property Transfer: What you need to know
Governing Law and Regulations
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington does not have state-specific property transfer laws. There are requirements that deed notifications be placed on the land records for all properties that disposed of dangerous wastes, solid wastes, or are considered brownfield sites.
• Administration and enforcement. The WDOE administers and enforces the post-closure property transfer rules in Washington for waste facilities. The DOH has responsibility for property transfer requirements for owners and operators of public water supplies.
For more information on contaminated sites, see the state section SUPERFUND. In addition to this section, management of older abandoned commercial sites are discussed in the state section BROWNFIELDS. For information on transfer of sites that actively manage hazardous wastes, see the state sections CLOSURE AND POST–CLOSURE PLANS and RCRA.
Any site that has an active water or air discharge permit will typically require agency notification that an ownership change is anticipated with the new owner certifying that all existing permit requirements will be met. This can typically be completed by submitting a permit transfer form. In many cases, a change of stock, title, and property ownership are all ...