R 420.822 Declaratory rulings.
Rule 22. (1) Any interested person may request a declaratory ruling as to the applicability to an
actual state of facts of a statute, rule, final order, or decision administered, promulgated, or
issued by the agency. A request may not relate to a hypothetical fact situation.
(2) The request must be on a form provided by the agency and contain all of the following
(a) The interested person’s name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
(b) The interested person’s interest in the matter, including assertions regarding the person’s
legal standing to request a declaratory ruling.
(c) The statute, rule, or order to which the request applies.
(d) A complete, accurate, and concise statement of the facts to which the statute, rule, or order
(e) An analysis, legal brief, or memorandum of the issues presented, including reference to any
legal authority relied upon, and the interested person’s conclusions.
(3) Within 60 calendar days of receipt of the request, the agency shall issue a written
notification stating whether or not a declaratory ruling will be issued.
(4) If the agency has determined that it will issue a declaratory ruling, then it shall do so within
90 calendar days of the notification date specified in subrule (3) of this rule, unless the agency
notifies the interested person in writing of the need for additional time, and the reasons for the
(5) Before the issuance of the declaratory ruling, the agency, in its discretion, may choose to do
1 or more of the following:
(a) Seek consultation, comments, or advice from legal counsel, experts within or outside the
agency, local, state, or federal governmental agencies, or any other source.
(b) Request information or clarification from other interested parties.
(c) Advise the person requesting the ruling that further clarification of the facts must be
provided, or that the agency requires additional time to conduct a review.
(6) If subrule (5)(c) of this rule is invoked, the agency shall either deny or grant the request
within 60 calendar days after receiving satisfactory clarification of facts from the requesting
person or from the date the agency notifies the requesting person of the need for additional time.
(7) The agency shall issue a declaratory ruling only in matters where all the relevant facts are
stipulated to by the requesting party and the agency. If relevant facts necessary to issue a
declaratory ruling are contested, then a declaratory ruling shall not be issued.
(8) A denial or adverse decision of a declaratory ruling does not entitle a person to a contested
(9) Requests regarding enforcement issues are not a proper subject for a declaratory ruling.
(10) The agency may require that a contested case hearing take place instead of issuing a
(11) In the discretion of the agency, a request for declaratory ruling may be denied if the
interested person fails to follow the procedure for submission set forth in this rule, if the state of
facts is incomplete or inaccurate, if the facts or circumstances relate to a changing situation, if
the ruling would not be in the public interest or in furtherance of statutory objectives, or for any
other stated reason. The agency shall set forth the reasons for denial of the request in its written
notification to the interested person.
(12) If a declaratory ruling is issued by the agency, it must be in writing, and contain all of the