The City of Seattle began the Design Review Program in 1994. The program has improved the design of over a thousand development projects in the two decades since. The program has evolved to some degree over time. However, the basic structure and organization has not significantly changed. Given changed conditions and strong interest from numerous stakeholders, DPD will explore improvements and updates to the program.
The Priority Green program is a voluntary green building permit incentive that was established by DPD in 2009-10. The incentive program encourages project teams to reach for a higher level of sustainability in exchange for an expedited permit process. We’ve made some recent requirement changes, and we’re proposing some new requirements. We’re hosting a Priority Green open house to get your feedback.
We invite you to attend the special Stormwater Code informational meeting for the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods (SPUN) Committee. It is on Friday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. in the City Hall’s Council Chambers, 600 4th Avenue. Essentially we are presenting “Stormwater Code 101” to the SPUN Committee.
DPD has created a new Phased Permit webpage to describe phased permits, and a new application form to make it easier for you to request that your project be phased. A phased permit allows you to submit your construction plans for a new building in multiple pieces.
Mayor Murray is convening an all-day Youth Opportunity Summit, with a particular focus on improving outcomes for young men of color. This Summit is intended to launch a new conversation about how we can build on the good work of our community partners through better alignment of resources, better coordination across systems and agencies, and through lifting up the voices of young people to address longstanding disparities.
View permit turnaround times for February 2015.
Mayor Ed Murray announced that he is seeking candidates for two vacant positions on Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board. The current open positions are for an electrical engineer representative and a general public representative.
The board is a 13-member body that works together to research, analyze, and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and DPD on the technical codes affecting buildings in Seattle.
On January 26, Seattle Public Utilities’ Development Services Office (DSO) officially opened its doors on the 27th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower (5th and Columbia), 700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
In May 2014, DPD published the Draft 2015 City of Seattle Stormwater Code and Stormwater Manual, Volumes 1 through 5, and the appendices. They are available for review on our Stormwater Codes & Rules Update website.
DPD has updated the Construction Stormwater Control Plan and Post Construction Soil Management Plan, with a new tree and vegetation protection detail. The detail now includes the standard requirements to protect code-defined exceptional trees or any tree requiring protection during construction.