Jon Siu, SDCI’s Principal Engineer/Building Official, has been named as the recipient of the 2016 International Code Council’s (ICC) Bobby J. Fowler Award. The award is one of seven handed out at the ICC Annual Business Meeting.
Seattle DCI and OPCD released draft Design Review Program Improvement recommendations on March 9, 2016. Our recommendations identify and evaluate organizational, structural, and procedural changes to enhance the design review program’s efficiency and enable it to better achieve its purpose. You can comment on our recommendations through April 8.
After the Seattle City Council confirmed Mayor Ed Murray’s nominee to lead the newly created Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, Nathan Torgelson was sworn as the department’s first director.
Effective January 1, 2016, DPD will be raising the land use hourly rate 12%, a change from $250/hour to $280/hour. The new hourly rate will be applied to billable review hours or fees that are linked to the land use hourly rate that are incurred on or after January 1, 2016.
The 2016 Stormwater Code becomes effective January 1, 2016! DPD is hosting a series of training sessions to help prepare designers and builders for the 2016 Stormwater Code. Also, the new Stormwater Code and Manual, along with a host of supporting documents, are now available online.
Evan Chinn recently joined the Department of Planning and Development as the new Department Administration Division Director. He has extensive experience with all aspects of Human Resources including the latest hiring practices, workforce planning, coaching, progressive discipline, labor relations and workforce equity.
Attention Mechanical Permit Applicants: Starting January 1, 2016, you must apply for mechanical plan review permits online using DPD’s Project Portal. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.
View permit turnaround times for October 2015.
Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2016. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2015.
On December 9, from noon to 1:00 p.m., Councilmember Mike O’Brien is hosting a Lunch & Learn with the Department of Planning and Development to explore opportunities to increase production of backyard cottages. The event, at City Hall’s Council Chambers (600 4th Ave), will feature backyard cottage owners discussing their experiences permitting and constructing their cottages.