Reminder: Seeking Representatives for the Construction Codes Advisory Board

Mayor Ed Murray announced that he is seeking candidates for two vacant positions on Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board. The current open positions are for an electrical engineer representative and a general public representative.

The board is a 13-member body that works together to research, analyze, and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and DPD on the technical codes affecting buildings in Seattle.

Updated Tree and Vegetation Protection Details

DPD has updated the Construction Stormwater Control Plan and Post Construction Soil Management Plan, with a new tree and vegetation protection detail. The detail now includes the standard requirements to protect code-defined exceptional trees or any tree requiring protection during construction.

Unreinforced Masonry Retrofit Policy Update

DPD continues to evaluate policy and program development for an unreinforced masonry (URM) seismic retrofit program. The URM Policy Committee asked DPD to validate the inventory list of URMs identified by DPD before the committee finalizes its policy recommendations. DPD is in the process of hiring a structural engineer to do the validation to confirm that the buildings on the list are URMs and to add any additional URM buildings that may be identified.

Improved Process for Land Use Inspections

In February, DPD will start integrating land use inspections on construction permits into the current construction permit inspection system. We require land use inspections for development projects that required Design Review (including Streamlined Design Review and Administrative Design Review), or that has specific land use conditions that must be satisfied after we issue the permit and before the final Certificate of Occupancy.