City Council approved the new Seattle Electrical Code on September 18, 2017. The new code became effective on October 21, 2017. All projects submitted to SDCI on or after October 21, must meet the new Electrical Code standards. If your electrical permit is associated with a building permit, you must follow the electrical code that was effective when you applied for the building permit.
We are updating our Stormwater Code. The proposed amendments to the Stormwater Code include several changes, including: modifying on-site list requirements; making technical corrections; and clarifying submittal requirements for projects.
The City Council approved an amendment to the 2015 Seattle Building Code allowing Art Gallery spaces less than 3000 square feet in size to remain or be classified as an Mercantile occupancy from an Assembly-3 occupancy. They also approved legislation for Seattle’s Technical Codes and Electrical Code.
Please don’t use the SEPA exemption levels information in Director’s Rule 29-2015 to plan your project. Recent code updates have modified the exemption levels in SMC 25.05 to align with growth estimates for infill development within Urban Centers.
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.