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January 2015
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Archive for 'Permit Pipeline Newsletter'

Changes to Priority Green Expedited Adopted

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.


Noise Compliance Workshop

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.


Electrical Alert – Seattle Energy Code Changes!

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.


Unreinforced Masonry Retrofit Policy Development Update

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.


New Paper Size Limits for Preliminary Application Material

As of May 1, 2014, DPD will no longer accept paper copies of preliminary application materials that are larger than 11 x 17 inches.


February Permit Turnaround Times

View the permit turnaround times for February, 2014.


March Publication Updates

We pulled Tip 340 on townhouse and duplex construction and published a draft director’s rule about SEPA review thresholds.


2012 Codes Become Mandatory This Month

The 2012 Seattle building, energy, residential, mechanical, fuel gas, existing building, plumbing and fire codes were approved by the City Council on September 16. The 60-day transition period ends late this month.


Changes to Priority Green Expedited Thresholds

DPD’s voluntary green permitting incentive, Priority Green Expedited has grown considerably over the last 3 years. We have seen substantial growth in small residential new construction permits for single family, duplexes, townhouses, and rowhouses. Overall we have seen 258 applications for building permits enroll in the expedited program: 200 small residential, 47 large multifamily and 11 commercial projects. About 20% of all residential permit applications and 2% of all commercial permit applications for new construction (with complex reviews) are participating in the Priority Green Expedited program.


Applications for the Construction Codes Advisory Board Due December 6

We are accepting applications through Dec. 6 to join the Construction Codes Advisory Board. The three open positions represent organized labor, general contractors, and apartment building owners/operators.