View permit turnaround times for July 2016.
Our department is growing! We’re processing a record number of permits and hiring staff to keep up with the increased workload. To accommodate the new staff, we are making changes to the public entry areas on the 21st and 22nd floors of the Seattle Municipal Tower. These changes will help us maximize our floor space, get the most out of our staff resources, and provide a more streamlined process for our customers.
Our Electrical Inspectors won’t be available on September 13. They’re in training to learn about the 2017 National Electrical Code.
We’re offering two free training sessions to help applicants with the 2016 Stormwater Code. September 22 and October 16, both are in Seattle Municipal Tower 8:30 – 9:30 am. The trainings will cover: The List Approach Calculator; Drainage Standard Plans; Infiltration Testing and Infiltration BMP’s; and more.
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, you may need to apply for an extension.
The 2012 Seattle Building Code Interpretation, 714.4 Penetrations of Horizontal Assemblies is now available. It is an update of Code Alternate CA 713.4, which was last available in the 2009 edition of the Seattle Building Code. In other words, this new interpretation clarifies how to properly install a ceiling fan or a recessed light so that the ceiling remains fire-resistant.
DPD has implemented new requirements for Priority Green Expedited, a green building permitting incentive. The program information and details can be found on our Priority Green Expedited web page.
DPD’s Noise Abatement program is holding a workshop on April 23 to explain the Seattle Noise Code’s effect on mechanical equipment and the associated permitting requirements to Seattle area mechanical contractors.
The 2012 Seattle Energy Code went into effect December 27, 2013. The date of your project’s associated building permit application will determine which version of the energy code applies to your project. If your building permit application is dated before December 27, 2013, we will review your electrical plans under the 2009 Seattle Energy Code. All other electrical plan review submissions must comply with the 2012 Energy Code.
DPD has reconvened the URM Policy Committee to review the Benefits Cost Analysis (BCA) and to confirm or amend draft recommendations for a mandatory retrofit policy. The committee held two meetings in March to hear a presentation on the BCA and to start a discussion on how the results may trigger changes to the draft recommendations.