We recently added a “Developer Contributions” Tip series: Tip 257, Developer Contributions for Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), and Tip 258, Developer Contributions for Incentive Zoning. These tips outline the plan and process requirements related to our zoning review and our policy and technical review of your projects where Mandatory Housing Affordability applies, and/or you elect to use incentive zoning.
In December 2017, the City Council adopted new rules for the operation of short-term rentals in Seattle. The new rules address regulatory licensing, taxation, and land use requirements for short-term rentals, a type of lodging sometimes called vacation rentals. Most of the new requirements will go into effect in January 2019.
The City of Seattle is hosting a Forum on February 13 for owners and managers of multi-family residential buildings with more than six units. The forum will present best practices for allowing multiple internet service providers to serve apartment and condominium buildings. It will also provide tips on negotiating effective agreements with internet service providers.
We released three draft Tips, a new Tip, a draft Director’s Rule, and two new Director’s Rule this month.
View permit turnaround approval times for December, 2017.
The Seattle City Council recently adopted the 2018 budget, including legislation that implements SDCI fee changes in 2018 to cover wage increases that reflect our current cost of doing business. On January 1, 2018, these service fees go into effect.
You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 10, 2018, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Are you planning a remodeling project? Ask us about our permitting process, inspections, and codes requirements. Do you rent, or are you a landlord? Come ask about rental housing rules. We’ll also have information tables about affordable housing, landslide awareness, emergency preparedness, energy rebates, home ownership assistance, weatherization of homes, and much, much more!
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is discontinuing street restoration services for side sewer contractors. This will go into effect February 1, 2018.
There is a recent design trend of office tenants seeking more collaborative work spaces. Where typical office layouts used to locate conference rooms throughout a tenant space, conference rooms are now being grouped together in a cluster to encourage collaboration, and eliminated in the rest of the office space. Because of the concentration of conference rooms, there is a higher chance that all rooms will be simultaneously loaded. This is even more likely when the tenant occupies most of the floor or multiple floors in an office building.
SDCI will launch new permitting software in early 2018. All permitting, licensing, inspections, and complaints functions will be available in the new system. Our new system will affect applicants, interested members of the public, city employees who interacts with our system, and anybody who uses SDCI data. We have several articles in our Help Center that will help you navigate the new system to apply for permits, schedule inspections, search for information, and more.