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Development Fee Changes for 2015

On January 1, 2015, DPD will adjust its service fees. There are no changes to development fees this year other than the adoption by rule of the latest building valuation data (BVD) table.


Reminder: Plans Submitted for Electronic Review Must Include Space for Approval Stamp

Since DPD started the electronic plan pilot (the DPD Project Portal), we have instructed applicants to a dedicated space for approval stamps, preferably in the lower right hand corner of each plan sheet. Beginning January 5, we will reject all plan sets that do not include this dedicated space.


Recycling/Reuse Requirements for Construction and Demolition Waste

One of Seattle’s goals is to have 70 percent of all construction and demolition waste either recycled or salvaged for reuse by 2020. To achieve this goal, the following six easily recyclable materials are no longer allowed to be sent to a landfill from Seattle: asphalt paving, brick, concrete, metal, cardboard, and new gypsum scrap. This means that if any of these six materials are produced from your construction project, your options are to reuse the material, salvage it for resale, or take the material to a facility where it can be processed for recycling.


Substantial Alterations Projects for Single-Family Residences

When alterations or additions to single-family residences and duplexes are extensive enough, the Seattle Residential Code (SRC) requires updates to important life safety and structural systems. These upgrades include bedroom egress windows, exiting requirements, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, separation between dwelling units, and seismic strengthening of the building.


November Permit Turnaround Times

View permit turnaround times for November 2014.


Seattle Electrical Code in Effect

The 2014 Seattle Electrical Code is now in effect. We have insert pages for your 5-ring 2014 NEC binder, a Quick Reference containing only Seattle amendments, and a summary of key changes available on the Electrical Code page.


SEPA Checklist – Updated Format

Starting January 1, 2015 we will require that you submit the updated State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist in order for your Master Use Permit Application to be considered a complete application. The Washington Department of Ecology updated the SEPA rules and the SEPA Environmental Checklist.


Restaurant Success Makes it Easier to Open a Seattle Restaurant

Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Mayor Ed Murray joined the Washington Restaurant Association and restaurant entrepreneurs in Capitol Hill to announce the launch of Restaurant Success, a new initiative to provide better service and support for prospective restaurateurs.


Amendments for 2012 Seattle Codes

Minor amendments to the Building, Residential, Energy, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Plumbing Code codes took effect on November 23, 2014. The amendments adopted recent Washington State Code amendments, corrected errors, and addressed coordination among the 2012 Seattle codes.


Multifamily Property ENERGY STAR Workshop

Curious about the new multifamily ENERGY STAR®, but not sure what to do or how you can benefit? The City of Seattle offers this free workshop for participants that have previously benchmarked their multifamily properties. This hands-on session will teach you how to update your account’s use details to take advantage of the new ENERGY STAR® 1-100 score that is now available to multifamily buildings of 20 units or more.