Whom can I contact at the PDC if I have other questions?

The hearing notice you received tells you the name of the specific staff person you should contact.

Mailing address:  P. O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA  98504-0908

Telephone number:  (360) 753-1111 or toll free 1-877-601-2828

Fax number:  (360) 753-1112

What happens after the hearing?

Within two weeks you will receive an initial order, along with a cover letter explaining the Presiding Officer’s findings. The penalty check is made payable to the Washington State Treasurer, usually within thirty days.

Along with your initial order, you will also receive information about your appeal rights. This happens with a request for review by the full Commission.

Follow these procedures carefully if you wish to appeal. If there is no appeal before the Full Commission, the initial order becomes a final order. Superior Court handles any further appeals.

Who makes the decision?

The Presiding Officer makes decisions based on the information presented. Using penalty schedules from the related WACs the Presiding Officer determines an appropriate penalty amount. The Presiding Officer announces penalty amounts for the initial order. Mailing of the initial orders happens within 10 days.

In some cases, the Presiding Officer may use a different penalty schedule, based on PDC Rules, to determine the appropriate penalty.

What happens during the hearing?

The Presiding Officer introduces the participants and explains the procedures of the hearing. Hearings typically follow set formats and time limits. The PDC process is informal with most people effectively presenting their cases on their own.

PDC staff provides background information about the case. Then you may have an opportunity to present your side. Everyone takes an oath before providing testimony. The Presiding Officer might ask some questions about the information presented. The Presiding Officer also considers written information during the hearing.

What is a brief enforcement hearing?

The brief enforcement hearing is used to adjudicate cases when the charges are relatively minor and the facts are not in dispute. The maximum penalty that may be assessed is $1,000.

Can I participate by telephone?

Yes. Please tell the PDC staff five business days before the hearing that you will participate by telephone. Provide an accurate telephone number. You must be available at the designated time of the hearing. The hearing time is an estimate. The Presiding Officer calls cases and establishes the timeline for the hearing. All participants must wait their turn.

Can I appear in person?

Yes.  If you want to submit information for the Presiding Officer to consider when making a decision, you can email it to PDC staff at least five business days before the hearing or bring three copies when you attend the hearing. 

If you are having other people, (witnesses) testify they must also be available for the hearing at the scheduled time and place. The scheduled starting time is an estimate.