The Department of Finance and Administrative Services recently announced the city’s new registration system for short-term rentals will launch on January 2, 2019. The City of Seattle adopted new regulations for short-term rentals, a type of lodging sometimes called vacation rentals, in December 2017.
We are temporarily changing our Applicant Services Center in-person office hours between January 14 and February 1, 2019. The temporary hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We’d like your feedback on draft legislation that would require new development in Seattle to provide electric vehicle (“EV”) charging infrastructure. Specifically, the amendments to the Land Use Code (Title 23) would require that a certain amount of off-street parking spaces include the wiring and electrical (power) outlets necessary to be considered “EV ready”, to make it easier for someone to install charging equipment/stations there in the future. The legislation is available for public review and comment through December 20, 2018.
On January 11, 2019, we’ll witness history with the Washington State Department of Transportation’s permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. This is a major step toward realigning SR 99 to the new SR 99 tunnel. When the viaduct closes on January 11, SR 99 will be closed through downtown Seattle for three weeks, and travel patterns will change with traffic moving over to I-5, local downtown surface streets, and Alaskan Way. And over the next several years, large projects such as the Washington State Convention Center, light rail extensions, and the arena at Seattle Center, will further challenge our traffic flow. This is what the City is calling the “Seattle Squeeze.” For a three-week period from January 11 to early February, we expect even greater traffic impacts with the Viaduct gone and the SR 99 tunnel not yet open.
To support the Mayor’s and our City’s efforts to manage congestion downtown, and to help our customers avoid delays during peak travel times, SDCI is modifying our in-person office hours for all services at our Applicant Services Center (ASC).
All in-person services at the 20th Floor ASC will be available only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We expect to resume normal business hours on Monday, February 4, 2019.
The Seattle City Council recently adopted the 2019-2020 budget, including legislation that implements SDCI fee changes in 2019 to cover wage increases that reflect our current cost of doing business. On January 1, 2019, these service fees go into effect. As in past years, we are making inflationary adjustments to most fees. This year’s inflationary adjustment is 3.0 percent. As an example, our Base Hourly fee will increase from $216 to $222.
With the holidays and end of the year quickly approaching, most of us have a fairly lengthy “to-do” list. Perhaps your list includes home improvement projects? Even if your New Year’s resolution isn’t to finally tackle that remodel or begin planning that new deck, you might be interested in one of our Seattle Department of […]
–Shape new buildings in your community Passionate about design or architecture? Mayor Jenny Durkan is looking for qualified candidates to fill 8 upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. Board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review large mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, […]
We’ve come a long way since our permitting software went live in April. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from customers on how to improve the new system. Here are the highlights of the customer suggested improvements we’ve made so far.
Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? As rainfall continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise this winter. Landslide season is upon us, so the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.
We updated a Tip on hazard trees and published two Director’s Rules related to 2019 fees.