Special Use Permits

Rule-making status: Pending

Rule Making Reference# P2022-10
The department proposes to amend and clarify existing rules and establish new rules associated with program modifications and accessibility permits for individuals with disabilities.

The department seeks to increase the diversity of individuals afforded recreational hunting and fishing opportunities. The proposed rulemaking is to simplify the process of applying for program modifications and accessibility permits by specifying the criteria for the most common special use permits (WAC 220-200-200 through WAC 220-200-230). The changes are intended to reduce barriers that may impede participation by persons with disabilities by streamlining the administrative processes associated with these common requests. The proposed changes are also intended to ensure consistent application of permit standards, allowing for increased equity and efficiency of department services to Washington communities.

The proposed rules at WAC 220-200-240 are also intended to ensure that WDFW may appropriately consider requests for program modifications based on unique circumstances not covered by WAC 220-200-200 through WAC 220-200-230. Finally, the proposed rules seek to clarify existing definitions, provide new definitions, and to provide appropriate appeal rights for decisions to deny, revoke, suspend, or modify special use permits and disability designations.

Public comments

To view and submit comments on this proposal, please visit the Special Use Permit Rule public engagement page.

You may also leave comments by sending an email to special-use-permits@PublicInput.com or by leaving a voicemail message at 855-925-2801 and entering project code 2656.

Public comments will be accepted until the end of the comment period on April 10, 2023.

Public hearing

April 10, 2023 at 1 pm Virtual meeting via Zoom

All public comments will be considered, however, to have your comment incorporated into the director’s decision briefing presentation, your comment must be submitted no later than 8 am on April 3, 2023. If you are interested in providing verbal public comments during the virtual meeting, please register hereRegistration for public testimony closes at April 7, 2023 at 8 am.

For more information

For questions contact: Katherine Waldrop at katherine.waldrop@dfw.wa.gov

Assistance for Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities Contact:
Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator  
Phone: (360) 902-2349, TTY: 1-800-833-6388 OR 711  
Email: Title6@dfw.wa.gov