Certification acceptance

The Federal Highway Administration through a stewardship agreement delegates authority to WSDOT for approving project development and construction administration. WSDOT has the option of delegating some or all of this authority to qualified local agencies through a Certification Acceptance (CA) program.

What you need to know

The LAG chapter 13 – Certification Acceptance Program (PDF 418KB) provides the program requirements, the application process and the compliance procedures of the program.

Inter-local agreement

Not all agencies have the resources within their organization to gain CA status. When that occurs Non-CA agencies are encouraged to work with CA agencies in order to comply with the federal requirements to receive federal funding.

To effectively setup this kind of relationship, an inter-local agreement that includes appropriate protections for both agencies is recommended.

Example

We have provided an example (PDF 26KB) between Kitsap County (a CA agency) and Kitsap Transit (a non-CA agency). It is an excellent example of how to incorporate the elements and clarify the responsibilities contained in a CA agreement and how they may be appropriately shared. Our thanks to Kitsap County and Kitsap Transit for sharing this document.

Local certification acceptance agencies

We have provided a list (PDF 21KB) of local CA approved agencies.

For more information:

Contact the Local Programs Regional Engineer

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