February 28, 2000
The City of Bothell is warning people not to buy into such claims before checking with their Building Division at 425-486-8152. Owners should not allow anyone to replace their current foundations with any devices or tie-downs without prior approval of City inspectors.
The City of Bothell has no information about the devices used by the reported off-the-street solicitors. Therefore, the City cannot verify that they have been tested and approved by any recognized agency.
All manufactured home foundations, including tie-downs, must either be installed according to manufacturer's specifications, the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), or be designed by a professional engineer licensed by Washington state.
When a manufactured home is moved onto a Bothell site or sold through a Title of Elimination, the foundation and associated tie-downs must be approved by a City of Bothell building inspector.
Before even talking to such a solicitor, owners should first ask them to prove their work is licensed by the state's Dept. of Labor & Industries. Snohomish County residents can reach that department at 425-290-1347; the King County number is 425-990-1400.