In January 2017, City Council approved updated environmentally critical areas (ECA) regulations. The Seattle City Council will be amending the Environmentally Critical Areas Ordinance to correct the effective date of the regulations. City Council is expected to approve this amendment in the middle of March and the effective date of the new Environmentally Critical Areas is expected to be the middle of April.
SDCI is updating the Seattle Electrical Code to reflect the changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code. If you are interested in submitting input to amend the Seattle Electrical Code, please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accept public input through March 31, 2017.
On January 1, 2017, the updated Seattle Building Code took effect. The updated code requires all applicants to complete a rat abatement program as a condition to getting a demolition permit.
You may have heard that a mandatory housing affordability (MHA) upzone is proposed for your project site. City Council approved the first MHA upzone in the U-District on February 21st and will consider MHA upzones in other areas of the city over the next 12-18 months. SDCI is working with applicants interested in the increased development capacity associated with pending MHA upzones in those areas where City Council is considering legislation.
If you are planning a demolition project, you need to coordinate with all utilities providing service to the property. All utilities must be shut off before you start any actual demolition. Shutting off the utilities before demolition helps prevent accident and injury to you, your contractors, or the inspectors. This is particularly important for natural gas, because demolition before a service is capped could lead to a natural gas leak or an explosion.
View January 2017 permit turnaround times.
We published two updated Tips and a final Director’s Rule on green building standards.
You’re invited to the first ever South Seattle Home Fair on February 11, 2017, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI). This event will offer free resources to renters, landlords and homeowners. It’s your chance to ask questions about your planned remodel and our permitting process, code requirements, and rental housing and tenant assistance program. City staff will also be available to discuss affordable housing, emergency preparedness, energy rebates, landslide awareness, and rain garden information.
The City of Seattle is hosting two upcoming presentations on February 11 to help you prepare for an emergency. Our landslide awareness presentation will explain how you can prevent landslides on your property. Our earthquake retrofit presentation covers what you need to do to help your home survive an earthquake.
You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 11, 2017, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. This event is your chance to ask questions about your planned remodel and our permitting process, code requirements, and rental housing and tenant assistance program. City staff will also be available to discuss housing, emergency preparedness, energy rebates, landslide awareness, and rain garden information.