Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) will sponsor an earthquake home retrofit seminar, on May 14, for builders and contractors. Earthquake home retrofit training provides a consistent, approved approach to the seismic retrofit of older, wood-frame, single-family homes.
All applications for Land Use and Construction permits need to be reviewed by staff with expertise in various Seattle codes. It is important for all staff to review each project using the same property boundaries, known as a “development site.” This is important to properly conform to code requirements, to provide consistency to applicants and the public, and to allow property records to be easily accessible.
Beginning May 2, 2016, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will launch a temporary pilot program to allow developers to perform all excavation and pavement restoration work for installing water service (water lines in the right-of-way). The purpose of this pilot is to help reduce the turnaround time for water service installations.
View permit turnaround times for March 2016.
As of April 4, 2016, all master use permit and construction permit applications that require plan review must be submitted for review online using the Seattle DCI Project Portal. We will not accept paper applications after April 4. Seattle DCI is making this change to streamline the application process, to increase the efficiency of permit reviews, and to reduce paper.
Seattle’s location on the Puget Sound gives it a unique geography. There are about 200 miles of fresh and saltwater shorelines within Seattle’s city limits. The City of Seattle protects our shoreline ecosystems, encourages water-dependent uses, and maximizes the public’s enjoyment of our natural resources. The City ensures that residents follow the regulations in the 1972 Shoreline Management Act.
The City of Seattle offers many green building incentives to help meet Seattle’s Climate Action Plan and move towards a carbon-neutral community by 2050. The Climate Action Plan identifies buildings, road transportation (passenger and freight vehicles), and solid waste as key contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings are responsible for 33 percent of Seattle’s greenhouse gas emissions. The City is aiming to reduce building-related emissions by 39 percent by 2030 and 82 percent by 2050.
Seattle City Light has launched a new Electrical Service Request Application website. The new web-based system will streamline the process for requesting electrical services and cut down on paper submittals used to process electrical service requests.
View permit turnaround times for February 2016.
Seattle DCI has positions open in our electrical review and inspections group. We are seeking a Journey Electrical Inspector and an Electrical Plans Examiner. We are accepting applications until 4 p.m. on March 15, 2016. You can apply through the City’s Career Center.