Draft legislation to modify the design review program is available for public review and comment on our Design Review Program Improvements webpage and in the Land Use Information Bulletin. Comments will be open through Thursday, June 22.
Beginning June 19, applicants will need to drop off Design Review Meeting Packets on the 31st floor instead of the 22nd floor of Seattle Municipal Tower. Our Land Use Review Team is being temporarily relocated to the 31st floor for the next 4-6 months while they remodel our space on the 22nd floor. If you need to speak to a specific person, a phone and personnel list will be posted for you in the 31st floor lobby.
Beginning June 1, 2017, our new, colorful, large public notice signs will: 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.
SDCI began a soft launch of the new permitting system over Memorial Day weekend. The initial release to the public included the updated RRIO system. After a few weeks of internal use, we will begin inviting groups of customers to use the system for new projects. Existing systems will stay in place during the transition.
For the past year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been providing enhanced participation in the Master Use Permit (MUP) process. We have updated the Preliminary Assessment Reports to provide more information and we have been attending Early Design Guidance (EDG) pre-submittal conferences. In addition, we have been providing the Design Review Boards with SDOT recommendations and reviewing the MUP / SEPA analysis for transportation impacts.
We’ve updated Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the City of Seattle Stormwater Manual to more specifically address polychlorinated biphenyls, commonly known as PCBs, and other toxics. The updated BMPs are C1.25, C1.30, and C-1.50. We are making this change to reflect new information that has become available on PCBs in building materials.
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In preparation for our new permitting system, coming soon, we now require that all applications and plans be submitted electronically. as of May 1, we will no longer accept paper plans.
All permitting, licensing, inspections and complaints functions will be converting to the system over the Memorial Day Weekend. We will offer limited services on the Friday before the weekend and the following Tuesday due to the complex nature of our data and the magnitude of the system. Our new integrated system will be up and fully functional on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
SDCI’s Technical Code Development team is excited to announce that the 2015 Seattle codes are now available. The 2015 codes include the Building Code, Existing Building Code, Residential Code, Energy Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, and Fuel Gas Code. These codes are available on our codes webpage. The codes are available to purchase from the Public Resource Center on the 20th floor of Seattle’s Municipal Tower.