The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) posted draft legislation to improve parking availability in neighborhoods by providing flexibility for building owners to make parking facilities with excess capacity available for public use. These policies will help more residents, consumers and visitors have better access to parking across the city.
On September 11, the Seattle City Council Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed legislation to change the City’s design review process.
SDCI is updating Seattle’s Boiler Code, which hasn’t been updated since 2005. The new Boiler Code will be effective July 31, 2017. Any application you submit on or after this date must meet the new requirements.
On June 8, 2017, we posted draft legislation to modify the design review program for public review. In order to allow more time for public review of our draft legislation to modify the design review program, we are accepting public comments through Monday, July 10. The deadline to file an appeal of our SEPA decision was June 29.
On July 18th, the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee will discuss and potentially vote on proposed legislation that would update provisions for the maintenance and demolition of vacant buildings.
As of June 1, 2017, our new, colorful, large public notice signs: show a picture of the proposed project; include a map showing the location of the project in relationship to nearby streets and properties; have a simple description of the project, and detailed bullet points; include information on how to review the project online; and list the date of the comment period on the project.
For the past year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been providing enhanced participation in the Master Use Permit (MUP) process. We have updated the Preliminary Assessment Reports to provide more information and we have been attending Early Design Guidance (EDG) pre-submittal conferences. In addition, we have been providing the Design Review Boards with SDOT recommendations and reviewing the MUP / SEPA analysis for transportation impacts.
We’ve updated Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the City of Seattle Stormwater Manual to more specifically address polychlorinated biphenyls, commonly known as PCBs, and other toxics. The updated BMPs are C1.25, C1.30, and C-1.50. We are making this change to reflect new information that has become available on PCBs in building materials.
SDCI’s Technical Code Development team is excited to announce that the 2015 Seattle codes are now available. The 2015 codes include the Building Code, Existing Building Code, Residential Code, Energy Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, and Fuel Gas Code. These codes are available on our codes webpage. The codes are available to purchase from the Public Resource Center on the 20th floor of Seattle’s Municipal Tower.
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.