Fall protection is a job site safety requirement nationally and in the State of Washington. Job sites are required to meet safety requirements and our inspectors are responsible to abide by requirements for basic Fall Protection. If a Seattle inspector is at a site where an unsafe condition is present, they will not enter the unsafe area, which could result in failure of your inspection.
The Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee has scheduled a public hearing to take comments on the proposed Environmentally Critical Areas (ECA) updated regulations. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the PLUZ committee meeting that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall at 600 Fourth Avenue.
We’re looking for volunteers to test our new our new permitting software that will replace our current Permitting Portal online.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is changing its Water Service Application requirements beginning December 12, 2016.
On January 1, 2017 the updated Seattle Building Code takes effect. The updated code requires all applicants to complete a rat eradication program as a condition to getting a demolition permit. The rat eradication program must be in place on the project site at least 15 days prior to the start of any demolition or any clearing or grading on the site.
Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? Or that Seattle just set a record for the most rainfall ever in the month of October? As rainfall continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise this winter.
The rainy season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to think about whether you will be doing any grading between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. 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 we sent you shortly after your permit was issued.
Seattle DCI has two new Engineering and Technical Codes Managers in Engineering Services: Cheryl Burwell and Ardel Jala. Cheryl and Ardel both bring many years of engineering experience in the private sector to the position, as well as many years of plan review service in Seattle DCI. They will be serving in the positions previously held by Rick Lupton and Steve Pfeiffer, who both retired earlier this year.
Seattle DCI will require that tree protection notice signs be posted for all trees requiring protection on construction sites. This requirement will be effective on January 1, 2017.
The Tree Protection Area sign is a part of Seattle DCI’s continuing effort to ensure that contractors and construction workers understand and comply with our requirements for tree protection as part of the approved building permit. The tree protection area is typically defined by the drip line or extent of tree canopy.
Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2017. Applications will be available in early November 2016 on both the Design Review website, as well as on the Building Connections blog. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement.