Notice of Intended Action

Waivers, amendments to chs 8

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to waivers and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Soil Conservation and Water Quality Division hereby proposes to amend Chapter 8, "Waiver or Variance of Rules," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 159.5.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, 2020 Iowa Acts, House File 2389.

Purpose and Summary

This proposed rule making implements 2020 Iowa Acts, House File 2389, by removing references to "variances" within Chapter 8 and updating the process by which the Division publishes rule waivers.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Division for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 27—Chapter 8.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Division no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 11, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Colin Tadlock

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Wallace State Office Building

502 East 9th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Phone: 515.518.7609


Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend 27—Chapter 8, title, as follows:


Item 2. Amend rule 27—8.1(17A,161A) as follows:

27—8.1(17A,161A) Definition. For purposes of this chapter, a "waiver or variance" means action by the division which suspends in whole or in part the requirements or provisions of a rule as applied to an identified person on the basis of the particular circumstances of that person. For simplicity, the term "waiver" shall include both a "waiver" and a "variance."

Item 3. Amend rule 27—8.4(17A,161A) as follows:

27—8.4(17A,161A) Criteria for waiver or variance. In response to a petition completed pursuant to rule 27—8.6(17A,161A), the division may in its sole discretion issue an order waiving in whole or in part the requirements of a rule if the division finds, based on clear and convincing evidence, all of the following:

1. to 4. No change.

Item 4. Amend rule 27—8.12(17A,161A) as follows:

27—8.12(17A,161A) Summary reports Submission of waiver information. Semiannually, the division shall prepare a summary report identifying Within 60 days of granting or denying a waiver, the division shall make a submission on the Internet site established pursuant to Iowa Code section 17A.9A for the submission of waiver information. The submission shall identify the rules for which a waiver has been granted or denied, the number of times a waiver was granted or denied for each rule, a citation to the statutory provisions implemented by these rules, and a general summary of the reasons justifying the division's actions on waiver requests. If practicable, the report shall detail the extent to which the granting of a waiver has affected the general applicability of the rule itself. Copies of this report shall be available for public inspection and shall be provided semiannually to the administrative rules coordinator and the administrative rules review committee.

Soil Conservation Division

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Official Document

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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 27-8.1 Rule 27-8.12 Rule 27-8.4 Rule 27-8.6


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