If you are planning a demolition project, you need to coordinate with all utilities providing service to the property. All utilities must be shut off before you start any actual demolition. Shutting off the utilities before demolition helps prevent accident and injury to you, your contractors, or the inspectors. This is particularly important for natural gas, because demolition before a service is capped could lead to a natural gas leak or an explosion.
The Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspection Program is working on a complete re-write of the Seattle Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspection Code. Text and content will remain pretty much the same as the current edition. However, the new edition will be rearranged.
The rainy season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to think about whether you will be doing any grading between November 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. If your project includes Geotechnical Special Inspections AND if your project is in an environmentally critical area or involves a large quantity of earth-moving, check the Geotechnical Special Inspection assignment letter DPD sent you shortly after your permit was issued.
The Seattle/King County Clinic is a large-scale four-day FREE clinic. Healthcare professionals from around the region volunteer at the clinic to provide quality dental, vision, and medical care. Patients receive free healthcare services including dental fillings and extractions, complete eye exams, free prescription eyeglasses, EKGs, mammograms, x-rays, ultrasound, Pap smears, flu vaccine, foot care and much more.
City Council recently developed and approved two separate Land Use Code amendments that will trigger Design Review for some development proposals that were previously exempt from Design Review or Streamlined Design Review.
The City Attorney has settled lawsuits against Total Outdoor, a national outdoor advertising company headquartered in Seattle, and several Seattle building owners and tenant businesses that alleged violations of the City’s on-premises sign code. The City alleged in four suits filed in 2014 that Total Outdoor and the owners of the properties where the signs were displayed earned monetary benefits by violating the sign code. The City Council previously enacted ordinances banning new billboards while continuing to allow businesses to attract customers to their establishments through on-premises signs.
Starting October 1, 2015, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will no longer provide paving restoration for new water service installations and retirements. Applicants will now need a Seattle Department of Transportation Street Use Permit (51M) for pavement restoration OR a Street Improvement Plan (SIP) showing restoration of water-service-related work, or applicable paving permits if you are working in other jurisdictions (new service and retirements of old services).
DPD will soon be posting the 2015 International Mechanical Code and International Fuel Gas Code, both with Seattle Amendments, for public review and comment on our website.
DPD continues to work on the Unreinforced Masonry (URM) policy to develop final recommendations for a URM seismic retrofit program. The URM Policy Committee prepared draft recommendations in January 2013. The department did community outreach during that year and hired a consultant for a benefits cost analysis. We then reconvened the committee to discuss the results of the outreach and consultant work. At the last meeting in April 2014, the committee asked us to validate DPD’s existing building inventory of URMs in Seattle to provide more information for their final recommendations.
View permit turnaround times for July 2015.