Come join us for casual conversation around proposed changes to your neighborhood to generate more affordable housing, improve transportation services, and parks investments. Snacks and drinks will be provided. All are welcome.
We updated a Tip on mechanical permits, released a new Tip about development site permits, and published two final Director’s Rules.
On November 3 we released a staff draft of legislation related to the maintenance and demolition standards for vacant buildings, along with our environmental (SEPA) decision. The proposed amendments to the Housing and Building Maintenance Code (Title 22) and the Land Use Code (Title 23) respond to an increase in the problems associated with vacant buildings in the city.
Mayor Ed Murray is looking for qualified candidates to fill 12 upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. The volunteer positions will be available April 4, 2017, when retiring board members’ terms expire.
Ideal candidates are professionals in the design and development fields who have proven skills and established careers. We are also seeking community and business leaders passionate about civic engagement and shaping new development in their neighborhoods.
On January 1, 2017 the updated Seattle Building Code takes effect. The updated code requires all applicants to complete a rat eradication program as a condition to getting a demolition permit. The rat eradication program must be in place on the project site at least 15 days prior to the start of any demolition or any clearing or grading on the site.
Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? Or that Seattle just set a record for the most rainfall ever in the month of October? As rainfall continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise this winter.
The rainy season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to think about whether you will be doing any grading between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. If your project includes Geotechnical Special Inspections AND if your project is in an environmentally critical area or involves a large quantity of earth-moving, check the Geotechnical Special Inspection assignment letter we sent you shortly after your permit was issued.
Seattle DCI has two new Engineering and Technical Codes Managers in Engineering Services: Cheryl Burwell and Ardel Jala. Cheryl and Ardel both bring many years of engineering experience in the private sector to the position, as well as many years of plan review service in Seattle DCI. They will be serving in the positions previously held by Rick Lupton and Steve Pfeiffer, who both retired earlier this year.
Seattle DCI will require that tree protection notice signs be posted for all trees requiring protection on construction sites. This requirement will be effective on January 1, 2017.
The Tree Protection Area sign is a part of Seattle DCI’s continuing effort to ensure that contractors and construction workers understand and comply with our requirements for tree protection as part of the approved building permit. The tree protection area is typically defined by the drip line or extent of tree canopy.
Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2017. Applications will be available in early November 2016 on both the Design Review website, as well as on the Building Connections blog. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement.