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New Plan Set Requirements

Since its inception, the e-plan pilot (the DPD Project Portal) has instructed applicants to provide a dedicated space for approval stamps, preferably in the lower right hand corner of each plan sheet. Applicants have typically failed to provide this space, which has made putting approval stamps on the plans laborious and inefficient – which slows down the permit issuance process. Beginning early in 2015, plan sets that do not include this dedicated space will be rejected at intake appointments. [More]

RRIO Program Update

Seattle’s Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) program is now open for business! You can now register a rental property, find registration due dates, see the RRIO checklist, and get your questions answered by phone or email. [More]

Over-the-Counter Permitting Will No Longer Accept Faxed Applications

In order to improve internal processes and more effectively provide services to our customers, the DPD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Permits unit will no longer accept applications for permits by fax. This change will be effective as of September 1, 2014. [More]

New Legibility Requirements for Some Applications

DPD continues to streamline how we process permits and review applications for short plats, lot boundary adjustments, unit lot subdivision, and full subdivision applications. We are also adjusting requirements to meet King County recording standards. [More]

Guardrail Design

According to a study of deck-related injuries during 2003-2007, failing deck rails (guardrails) were the cause of 33 percent of the structural failures that caused a visit to the emergency room. Failing deck rails caused 26,640 injuries in that 5 year period, nationwide. The Seattle Building Code (SBC) section 1607.8.1 and Seattle Residential Code (SRC) Table R301.5 both require that guards (the code term now used for guardrails) be designed to resist specific forces that simulate an adult falling against or pulling/pushing on a guard. [More]

Seattle Electrical Code Update

Our draft ordinance is currently under departmental review. We have posted our draft legislation on our electrical code web page. Our draft ordinance must pass a Council vote and then be signed by the Mayor before we will know the effective date of the new Seattle Electrical Code. [More]

June 2014 Permit Turnaround Times

View permit approval turnaround times for June 2014. [More]

Reminder: Draft Stormwater Regulations Ready for Public Review

The Department of Ecology is requiring Seattle to update our current codes with additional stormwater control regulations as a condition of our NPDES permit. Our regulations must be equivalent to Ecology's NPDES 2012 Stormwater Manual. To meet these requirements, we are revising our existing Stormwater Code (SMC 22.800-22.808) and the associated Directors’ Rules. These new rules will replace our current Stormwater Code and Directors' Rules that are administered jointly by DPD and Seattle Public Utilities. [More]

Reminder: New Requirements for Construction and Demolition Waste

Starting July 1, 2014, all construction and demolition projects will need to comply with new construction and demolition waste requirements before we issue a permit. Why this is happening? Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and DPD are working together to increase recycling and salvage rates in an effort to achieve the city’s landfill [More]

Revised SEPA Checklist

Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) has updated the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) rules. The new rules took effect on May 10. DOE has updated the SEPA Environmental Checklist and made some changes to SEPA exemptions. [More]