Learn about how to use existing significant decisions and how to nominate a previous decision as significant.
What is a significant decision?
A Significant Decision is a final legal ruling (adjudicative order) or portion of an order that has been selected by the Director of the Department of Licensing (DOL) for its substantial importance in carrying out DOL's duties.
How do I use an existing significant decision?
A Significant Decision has value as precedence and may be used by Hearings Examiners in making final adjudicative orders.
Who can nominate a significant decision?
Any person may nominate a final adjudicative order as a Significant Decision. The Director makes the decision about whether to select the nominated order as a Significant Decision based on criteria in WAC 308-104-350.
To nominate, mail the Significant Decision Nomination Form and attach a copy of the final adjudicative order to:
Department of Licensing
Hearings and Interviews Unit
PO Box 9031
Olympia, WA 98507-9031