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Utility Liens and Shut-offs

  1. A county owns and operates the utility. (change)
  2. The utility chooses to pursue a water shut-off. (change)
  3. The county has not, by resolution or ordinance, adopted the procedures set forth in RCW 35.67.210, RCW 35.67.215, and RCW 35.67.290. (change)

Conclusion

According to the information you provided, the county may not shut off water to enforce payment of delinquent sewerage charges for the following reason:

The county has not passed a resolution or ordinance adopting the procedures set forth in RCW 35.67.210, RCW 35.67.215, and RCW 35.67.290.

Explanation

  • Effective July 24, 2015, counties may adopt the procedures applicable to cities and towns set forth in RCW 35.67.210, RCW 35.67.215, and RCW 35.67.290. Doing so gives counties the additional option of shutting off water to enforce payment of delinquent water and sewerage charges. RCW 36.94.150

Legal Authority

Disclaimer

Regarding General Use of Information:

These materials are informational and are subject to change without notice. MRSC and SAO have made good faith efforts to provide reliable interpretations of Washington State and federal law relating to utility liens and shut-offs. This information is not intended to supplant due diligence by your agency's staff, and your agency may have established additional requirements that are not reflected in this tool. Always consult your agency's legal counsel, policies, and ordinances before pursuing a utility lien or shut-off. Neither MRSC or SAO or any officer, or employee of MRSC or SAO warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information or interpretation in these materials and shall not be liable for any losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information or interpretation. Neither MRSC nor SAO are legally bound by any information or interpretation set forth in these materials.

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Disclaimer

Regarding General Use of Information:

These materials are informational and are subject to change without notice. MRSC and SAO have made good faith efforts to provide reliable interpretations of Washington State and federal law relating to utility liens and shut-offs. This information is not intended to supplant due diligence by your agency's staff, and your agency may have established additional requirements that are not reflected in this tool. Always consult your agency's legal counsel, policies, and ordinances before pursuing a utility lien or shut-off. Neither MRSC or SAO or any officer, or employee of MRSC or SAO warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information or interpretation in these materials and shall not be liable for any losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information or interpretation. Neither MRSC nor SAO are legally bound by any information or interpretation set forth in these materials.

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This tool was developed by MRSC in partnership with the State Auditor's Office (SAO) Local Government Performance Center.