-Rescheduled for September 28 The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has received a proposal from the Oak View Group to allow the renovation of Seattle Center Arena (KeyArena). The project, filed under application #3029061, includes a new entry atrium, below-ground expansion for additional seating and circulation, and an underground loading dock and vehicular […]
The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) posted draft legislation to improve parking availability in neighborhoods by providing flexibility for building owners to make parking facilities with excess capacity available for public use. These policies will help more residents, consumers and visitors have better access to parking across the city.
We’d like your feedback on Draft Director’s Rule 20-2017, Green Building Standard. It’s available for review and comment through 9/22/17.
On September 11, the Seattle City Council Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed legislation to change the City’s design review process.
One of the best ways to avoid problems with vacant buildings is to keep them from becoming vacant. At SDCI we’ve seen an increasing number of homes and other structures go vacant while applicants wait for their development permits to be issued. We’ve also seen an increasing number of these structures broken into by trespassers, and frequently squatters occupy the buildings. Boarding up the doors and windows and fencing the site can become a huge expense, and frequently the break-ins continue, which requires you to board the structure again. We see frequent evidence of drug use in these structures, with used syringes and other hazards left behind. It paints a costly picture.
On August 3, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI ) released the URM (Unreinforced Masonry) Policy Committee recommendations. First convened by SDCI in 2011, the policy committee brought together URM property owners, geological and seismology experts, structural engineers, architects, housing and real estate development representatives, and historic preservation professionals to develop recommendations on a city-wide URM seismic retrofit policy. After a hiatus to allow SDCI to gather more information, the policy committee reconvened in late 2016 to finalize their recommendations.
SDCI started a soft-launch of the new permitting system over Memorial Day weekend. The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) has now been converted to the new system. SDCI staff is working through end-to-end simulations of the permitting functions of the new system. The simulations give the team information to determine what type of projects will be chosen to do a limited pilot. We anticipate inviting a group of customers to use the system for new projects later this summer.
SDCI is reminding residents that if they need to make any repair over water they need to check with the City of Seattle first. Two common shoreline violations are unauthorized pier repair and the use of pressure-treated wood for pier surfaces.
Draft legislation to modify the design review program is available for public review and comment on our Design Review Program Improvements webpage and in the Land Use Information Bulletin. Comments will be open through Thursday, June 22.
Beginning June 19, applicants will need to drop off Design Review Meeting Packets on the 31st floor instead of the 22nd floor of Seattle Municipal Tower. Our Land Use Review Team is being temporarily relocated to the 31st floor for the next 4-6 months while they remodel our space on the 22nd floor. If you need to speak to a specific person, a phone and personnel list will be posted for you in the 31st floor lobby.