Solid Waste Carrier Certificate

What is the purpose of this permit?
A person must have a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the commission before operating as a solid waste collection company in the state of Washington. A solid waste collection company is in the business of transporting solid waste for collection and/or disposal from points in the state of Washington, for compensation, over the public highways.
Who issues this permit?
Utilities and Transportation Commission
How much will this permit cost?
$200 Application or Transfer of Authority fee.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Solid Waste Collection Company Under Chapter RCW 81.77.040' is online and can be accessed at
Do I need to include anything with my application?
Must provide and maintain appropriate insurance (Form E).
How long will it take to review my application?
It takes an average of 31 days to process a completed application (or 55 days if incomplete) which includes a 30-day mandatory protest period (WAC 480-70-106). If the application is protested, it will go to an administrative hearing and may take several months for a decision
Where do I submit my application?
Click here to upload and e-File your application. Note your electronic filing confirmation number and fee amount.

Click here to pay online.
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here:

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 45
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 45

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1

(Summary results based on 1 submittals in 2023)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Helpdesk phone: 360-664-1222
Subject matter expert phone: 360-664-1222
Subject matter expert email:
Statewide Contact:
Utilities and Transportation Commission
621 Woodland Square Loop SE
PO Box 47250, Olympia WA 98504-7250
Lacey, WA 98503
Telephone: (360) 664-1160
* Permit information last updated 4/21/2021