Mayor Ed Murray transmitted to Council a package of innovative policies aimed at keeping Seattle at the forefront of energy efficiency solutions in the residential and commercial building sectors. The legislative package includes provisions that expand the Living Buildings Challenge (LBC) and updates Seattle’s building and energy codes to reduce energy use in new commercial construction and expand solar ready housing.
On August 4, we released a staff draft of the 2016 omnibus legislation along with our environmental (SEPA) decision. The comment and appeal period runs until August 25. The legislation includes amendments to the Land Use Code (Title 23) and related land use regulations in Chapters 3.58, 22.202, and 25.11 to clarify and improve various regulations. Our proposed amendments generally include “clean-up” amendments that correct inadvertent clerical errors and incorrect cross-references, and clarifies existing code language.
Join Seattle DCI on August 27 at the free Seattle-King County Resource Day. We will have rental housing information staff and building and electrical inspectors on site to answer your questions related to building and electrical permits, rental and housing inspections, and tenant rights.
The City is updating the codes we use to review and inspect your projects. We plan to use the 2015 Seattle codes to review new building permit applications and plans submitted after January 1, 2017. Seattle’s codes are based on model codes published by the International Code Council, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, and the State of Washington’s adoption of codes.
The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (Seattle DCI) is growing. We are processing a record number of permits and hiring staff to keep up with the increased work load. 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.
On July 10, the Carl Haglund Law becomes effective. The new legislation prohibits Seattle landlords from raising rent on units that fail to meet minimum rental housing standards. If a tenant believes their rent increase is not allowed under the new rules, the tenant must inform the landlord in writing (e-mail is allowed), after receiving notice of the rent increase, of any conditions that would fail the RRIO checklist. Tenants may then contact Seattle DCI through the general complaint line at (206) 615-0808.
The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts recently announced the winners of the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards. Out of the 6,000 entries received, the City of Seattle was recognized for outstanding achievement in publicizing Seattle’s new Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO).
The Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan was released on May 3! The Plan is a blueprint for how Seattle will grow over the coming twenty years. Its goals and policies are shaped by four core values: race and social equity, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity and security, and community.
We are seeking qualified candidates for the NE Board to fill the development and local business positions immediately. To be considered for appointment, please send an application, cover letter and resume by May 20th to Lisa Rutzick email@example.com
Do you rent in Seattle? The City of Seattle’s Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) program helps ensure safe and healthy housing for all Seattle renters. Through the RRIO program, we can make sure all rental properties meet minimum maintenance standards. The RRIO Inspection Video is available in English and in the following languages: Amharic, Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tirgrinya, and Vietnamese.