DR 9-2016, Requirements for Transitional Encampments went into effect August 8, 2016. This rule establishes requirements for community outreach, encampment operations standards, and coordination with the permit process for new transitional encampments
This summer, the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan took center stage at City Council. The Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee is leading the review and will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 15, to hear your thoughts on their proposed amendments to the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan. The public hearing will take place at Council Chambers, City Hall (600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor) at 2:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be available at 1:30 p.m.
View permit turnaround times for July 2016.
Our department is growing! We’re processing a record number of permits and hiring staff to keep up with the increased workload. To accommodate the new staff, we are making changes to the public entry areas on the 21st and 22nd floors of the Seattle Municipal Tower. These changes will help us maximize our floor space, get the most out of our staff resources, and provide a more streamlined process for our customers.
Our Electrical Inspectors won’t be available on September 13. They’re in training to learn about the 2017 National Electrical Code.
We’re offering two free training sessions to help applicants with the 2016 Stormwater Code. September 22 and October 16, both are in Seattle Municipal Tower 8:30 – 9:30 am. The trainings will cover: The List Approach Calculator; Drainage Standard Plans; Infiltration Testing and Infiltration BMP’s; and more.
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, you may need to apply for an extension.
The 2012 Seattle Building Code Interpretation, 714.4 Penetrations of Horizontal Assemblies is now available. It is an update of Code Alternate CA 713.4, which was last available in the 2009 edition of the Seattle Building Code. In other words, this new interpretation clarifies how to properly install a ceiling fan or a recessed light so that the ceiling remains fire-resistant.
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.
Mayor Ed Murray transmitted to Council a package of innovative policies aimed at keeping Seattle at the forefront of energy efficiency solutions in the residential and commercial building sectors. The legislative package includes provisions that expand the Living Buildings Challenge (LBC) and updates Seattle’s building and energy codes to reduce energy use in new commercial construction and expand solar ready housing.