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CR-101 Form, filed 7/19/19
CR-102 Form filed 12/17/19
CR-103 Form filed 2/3/2020.
Effective date for rule changes: 2/19/20.
Concise Explanatory Statement WAC 399
WAC 399-10 Update  
WAC 399-20 Update
WAC 399-30 Update

Public Works Board

The Public Works Board (Board) is authorized by state statute (RCW 43.155). Its purpose is to loan money to counties, cities, and special purpose districts to repair, replace, or create infrastructure. 

Eligible Applicants

• Cities
• Counties
• Special Purpose Districts
• Quasi-Municipal Organizations

Tribes, school districts, and port districts are ineligible for this program.

Eligible Infrastructure Systems

• Domestic Water
• Roads/Streets
• Bridges
• Sanitary Sewer
• Solid Waste/Recycling
• Stormwater

Geographic distribution of 2019 PWB loans for pre-construction and construction
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Emergency Loan Program

The Emergency Construction Loan Program focuses on the activities that repair, replace, and/or reconstruct a facility that will restore essential services. Applications are accepted continuously until loan funds are expended. So far in this biennium, emergency loans have been provided to Consolidated Irrigation District #14, Valley View Sewer District, and the City of Moxee. The remaining funds available in this category are $1,640,800.

Emergency Loan Application Guidelines (PDF)


Pre-Construction Loan Program

Pre-Construction activities include, but are not limited to:

• Design engineering.
• Bid-document preparation.
• Environmental studies.
• Right-of-way acquisition.
• Value planning.
• Permits.
• Cultural and historic resources.
• Public notification.

Construction Loan Program

The Construction Loan Program focuses on the activities that repair, replace, or create a facility. A construction loan project may comprise any combination of pre-construction and construction elements. 


Electronic submission of all applications for Pre-Construction, Construction, and Emergency Loans is through ZoomGrants. Paper copies will not be accepted.

Apply for PWB – Pre-Construction/Construction/Emergency via ZoomGrants. If you have a ZoomGrants account, log in and follow the instructions. If you are a new user, complete the required information for a new ZoomGrants account to create a profile. Please do not use “The” as the first word in the agency name. Once the agency profile has been created, select the Public Works Board Loan you wish to apply for, check the “apply” button, and start your proposal. Answers are automatically saved.

Prior to submitting an application, please print out and complete the Threshold Criteria Checklist. This will ensure that the submitted application is complete.

Construction, Pre-Construction and Emergency Loan Application Guidelines (PDF)
Construction, Pre-Construction, and Emergency Loan Application Overview (PDF)
Training – Using ZoomGrants to Apply for Public Works Board Loans (PDF)
ZoomGrants Applicant Slideshow (PDF)
ZoomGrants Applicant Video

Questions? Please contact Connie Rivera, Program Director and Tribal Liaison, at

Map of Project Managers

Project managers are here to assist you in making your project a success. Find your project manager by clicking the map below.

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Projects Funded by the Public Works Board

Program Resources and Cultural Review Information

In order to protect the rich cultural heritage of Washington state, Governor Christine Gregoire signed Executive Order 05-05 (GEO 05-05). Recipients of state capital funds must consult with the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP). They must also consult any federally recognized Indian tribes that may have cultural and/or historic interest or concerns in the project’s vicinity.

Completion of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act satisfies the GEO 05-05 requirement.

Please remember that the GEO 05-05 process must be completed prior to the start of construction.

Connie Rivera is the Public Works Board’s primary contact regarding the GEO 05-05 process. Send her copies of all correspondence and documents submitted to DAHP or the federally recognized Indian tribes. You can email materials to or mail to:

Connie Rivera
Department of Commerce
Public Works Board
PO Box 42525
Olympia, WA 98504-2525

The GEO 05-05 process requires funding recipients to define the construction project area for potential impact. This includes the identification of any building or structure 45 years old or older located within the project site. The funding recipient initiates contact with DAHP by submitting an EZ1 Form to the State Archaeologist, Rob Whitlam. For projects that plan to alter structures 45 years of age or older, an online inventory survey must be completed.

DAHP can issue a broad range of responses to your submittal. A common response is a “No Effect Upon Cultural/Historic Properties” letter. If you receive such a letter, you have completed the DAHP portion of the review. Completion of the DAHP portion of the GEO 05-05 process does not complete the entire process. Consultation with any impacted tribes must occur.

If DAHP requires more information (completion of additional forms, cultural survey, inadvertent discovery plan, etc.) you must comply with the request. It is possible that you will need to hire a professional archaeologist. Once DAHP agrees with the additional materials provided, the DAHP portion of GEO 05-05 is complete.

Remember that DAHP’s concurrence is only a portion of the process. Tribal concurrence also needs to be obtained.

Sending a letter and any project information describing the location and extent of the project to the potentially affected federally recognized Indian Tribe(s) initiates tribal consultation. Your mayor, commission chair, or equivalent position should send the correspondence to the Tribal Chair. Additionally, you must send a copy of the letter to the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer or Cultural Resources Coordinator. Do not send the Tribes the EZ1 form! The Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA) maintains a tribal contacts directory that will assist you in identifying Tribal officials.

The Tribes must be allowed at least 30 business days to respond. Incorporate additional time for correspondence to reach each Tribe, and for the Tribes’ correspondence to reach you. There may be no response, or there may be a wide range of responses to the information you have provided. As with DAHP, if additional materials are required, they must be provided to the Tribes and they must concur with the findings prior to the Board approving completion of the GEO 05-05 process.