Register March 2014 No. 699
Chapter SPS 303
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
Subchapter I — Petition for Variance Procedures
SPS 303.001   Purpose.
SPS 303.002   Scope.
SPS 303.01   Petition procedures.
SPS 303.02   Definitions.
SPS 303.03   General variances.
SPS 303.04   Public employer variances.
SPS 303.05   Exemptions under the right-to-know law.
SPS 303.06   Appeals on petitions.
Subchapter II — Stop Work and Stop Use Procedures
SPS 303.10   Purpose.
SPS 303.11   Scope.
SPS 303.12   Definitions.
SPS 303.13   Stop work and stop use procedures.
Ch. SPS 303 Note Note: Chapter ILHR 3 as it existed on November 30,1988 was repealed and a new chapter ILHR 3 was created effective December 1, 1988. Chapter ILHR 3 was renumbered ch. Comm 3 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, June, 1998, No. 510. Chapter Comm 3 was renumbered chapter SPS 303 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register December 2011 No. 672.
subch. I of ch. SPS 303 Subchapter I — Petition for Variance Procedures
SPS 303.001 SPS 303.001Purpose. The purpose of this subchapter is to specify procedures for applying for a variance from a rule administered and enforced by the department. If the provisions of this subchapter differ from those specified in the code containing the rule from which the variance is being requested, the most restrictive requirement shall govern.
SPS 303.001 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1988, No. 395, eff. 12-1-88; CR 05-049: am. Register July 2006 No. 607, eff. 8-1-06.
SPS 303.002 SPS 303.002Scope. This subchapter specifies who may apply for a petition for variance from a rule, the procedures that must be followed when applying for and processing a petition for variance, and the procedures for appealing a decision on a petition for variance.
SPS 303.002 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1988, No. 395, eff. 12-1-88; CR 05-049: am. Register July 2006 No. 607, eff. 8-1-06.
SPS 303.01 SPS 303.01Petition procedures. Except as specified in ss. SPS 303.04 and 303.05, all petitions for variance from rules of the department shall be processed as provided for in s. SPS 303.03. Appeals shall be handled as set forth in s. SPS 303.06.
SPS 303.01 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1988, No. 395, eff. 12-1-88; CR 05-049: am. Register July 2006 No. 607, eff. 8-1-06; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2011 No. 672.
SPS 303.02 SPS 303.02Definitions. In this subchapter:
SPS 303.02(1) (1) “Administrator" means the department administrator of the division administering and enforcing the rule being petitioned, or his or her designee.
SPS 303.02(2) (2) “Department" means the department of safety and professional services.
SPS 303.02(3) (3) “Division" means the division administering and enforcing the rule being petitioned.
SPS 303.02(4) (4) “Equivalency" means the same intent and degree of safety, health or public welfare as contained in the requirements specified in a rule.
SPS 303.02(5) (5) “Public employee" means any employee of the state, of any state agency or of any political subdivision of the state.
SPS 303.02(6) (6) “Public employer" means the state, any state agency or any political subdivision of the state.
SPS 303.02(7) (7) “Secretary" means the secretary of the department.
SPS 303.02(8) (8) “Variance" means a specified alternative to or deviation from a rule.
SPS 303.02 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1988, No. 395, eff. 12-1-88; am. (1), r. (3) and (6), renum. (4), (5) and (7) to (11) to be (3), (4) and (5) to (9), Register, September, 2000, No. 537, eff. 10-1-00; CR 05-049: am. Register July 2006 No. 607, eff. 8-1-06; correction in (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register December 2011 No. 672.
SPS 303.03 SPS 303.03General variances.
SPS 303.03(1) (1)Scope. Any person affected by a rule of the department may petition for a variance from the rule. The petition for variance shall establish an equivalency which meets the intent of the rule being petitioned.
SPS 303.03(2) (2)Application for petition for variance. Application for a petition for variance from a rule shall be made on forms furnished by the division. The following shall be submitted when requesting a variance from a rule:
SPS 303.03(2)(a) (a) A completed and notarized petition for variance form including a clear and concise written statement of the specific provisions of the rule from which the variance is requested along with a specific statement of the procedures and materials to be used if the variance is granted;
SPS 303.03(2)(b) (b) A petition for variance fee as specified in ch. SPS 302;
SPS 303.03(2)(c) (c) A completed position statement on the petition for variance from the department of health services, where applicable;
SPS 303.03(2)(d) (d) A completed position statement on the petition for variance from the chief of the fire department having jurisdiction, where applicable; and
SPS 303.03(2)(e) (e) A completed municipal recommendation on the petition for variance from the enforcement official of the municipality exercising jurisdiction, where applicable.
SPS 303.03 Note Note: The submittal of position statements and municipal recommendations is dependent on the rule being petitioned and is specified in the code under which the variance is requested.
SPS 303.03 Note Note: The department form required in this section is available from the Division of Industry Services at P.O. Box 7162, Madison, WI 53707-7162; or at telephone 608/266-3151 or 877/617-1565 or 411 (Telecommunications Relay); or at the Division's Web site at http://dsps.wi.gov/programs/industry-services.
SPS 303.03(3) (3)Division action.
SPS 303.03(3)(a)(a) Upon receipt of the petition for variance form, the applicable fee and the position statement, and any other documents the petitioner may wish to submit, the division shall evaluate the petition for variance and determine if the petition for variance provides for an equivalency which meets the intent of the rule being petitioned.
SPS 303.03(3)(b) (b) Except as provided in sub. (5), requests for petitions for variance shall be evaluated on a first come, first serve basis with respect to the code involved.
SPS 303.03(3)(c) (c) If additional information is needed by the division to review the petition for variance and make a determination, the division shall notify the owner in writing of the specific information required.
SPS 303.03(3)(d) (d) If it is determined that the petition for variance provides an equivalency, the petition for variance shall be approved by the division.
SPS 303.03(3)(e) (e) If it is determined that the petition for variance does not provide an equivalency, the division may:
SPS 303.03(3)(e)1. 1. Approve the petition for variance subject to specific conditions determined by the division which shall establish an equivalency which meets the intent of the rule;
SPS 303.03(3)(e)2. 2. Grant a temporary variance to delay enforcement of a rule to a specified date, not to exceed one year. In requesting the variance, the petitioner shall demonstrate that all available steps are being taken to safeguard the public and employees against the hazard covered by the rule from which the variance is sought and shall possess and describe a program for coming into compliance with the rule as quickly as possible. A temporary variance may be renewed no more than twice, not to exceed one year each, and only if the petitioner files an application for renewal at least 90 calendar days before expiration of the temporary variance;
SPS 303.03(3)(e)3. 3. Grant an experimental variance to allow the petitioner to participate in an experiment approved by the division to demonstrate or validate new or improved techniques to safeguard the health or safety of the public and employees; or
SPS 303.03(3)(e)4. 4. Deny the petition for variance.
SPS 303.03(4) (4)Notification of petition for variance determination. The division shall notify the petitioner in writing of the petition for variance determination, including any conditions of approval. Any denial shall include the reason for denial, and information on the appeals procedure.
SPS 303.03(5) (5)Time limit for processing.
SPS 303.03(5)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (b) to (d), the division shall review and make a determination on an application for a petition for variance within 30 business days. When an appointment process exists for a specific type of petition, the processing time shall begin on the appointment date. When an appointment process does not exist for a specific type of petition, the processing time shall begin on the day after receipt of the application and all forms, fees and other documents necessary to complete the review.
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