We updated our Tip for marijuana-related businesses and released a new Director’s Rule on signs.
As of April 4, 2016, all master use permit and construction permit applications that require plan review must be submitted for review online using the Seattle DCI Project Portal. Projects that meet the criteria for STFI (Subject-to-Field-Inspection) may still be submitted on paper and in person at the Applicant Services Center.
The world of signs is surprisingly complex. Basically, there are two types of signs – on-premises and off-premises – and they have different functions. Seattle DCI regulates signs per the land use and building codes, and the electrical and energy codes if the signs are illuminated.
View permit turnaround times for December 2015.
Since Seattle DCI started the electronic plan pilot (the Seattle DCI Project Portal), we have instructed applicants to provide a dedicated space for approval stamps, preferably in the lower right hand corner of each plan sheet. Beginning January 4, 2016 we will reject all plan sets for Construction and Land Use that do not include this dedicated space (excluding surveys).
As of April 4, 2016, all master use permit and construction permit applications the require plan review must be submitted for review online using the Seattle DCI Project Portal. Seattle DCI is making this change to streamline the application process, to increase the efficiency of permit reviews, and to reduce paper.
Effective January 1, 2016, Seattle DCI (which is administering the former DPD fee ordinance) raised the land use hourly rate 12%, a change from $250 per hour to $280 per hour. The new hourly rate will be applied to billable review hours or fees that are linked to the land use hourly rate that are incurred on or after January 1, 2016.
The 2016 Stormwater Code became effective on January 1, 2016. The City of Seattle is offering a series of free training sessions to assist builders and designers with implementing the 2016 Stormwater Code. Be sure to register soon because classes are filling up quickly!
Seattle DCI will hold a series of public meetings during January and February to review proposed changes to the “Commercial Buildings” provisions of the 2015 Seattle Energy Code. (The City does not amend the residential portion of the code.) We will post the proposals that are scheduled for discussion in advance of each meeting.
View permit turnaround times for November 2015.