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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) will sponsor an earthquake home retrofit seminar, on May 14, for builders and contractors. Earthquake home retrofit training provides a consistent, approved approach to the seismic retrofit of older, wood-frame, single-family homes.
Interested in installing a rain garden or cistern? Come to the free RainWise Contractor Fair on April 23. At this event, you will learn about rain gardens and cisterns and how they add value to your yard and protect the environment. The RainWise program offers eligible homeowners a rebate to help cover costs. Seattle DCI will have information tables at this event where you can talk with inspectors about your project.
Seattle’s location on the Puget Sound gives it a unique geography. There are about 200 miles of fresh and saltwater shorelines within Seattle’s city limits. The City of Seattle protects our shoreline ecosystems, encourages water-dependent uses, and maximizes the public’s enjoyment of our natural resources. The City ensures that residents follow the regulations in the 1972 Shoreline Management Act.
Duane Jonlin, Seattle DCI’s Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor, received an award from the US Department of Energy this week. The Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Building Energy Codes recognizes an individual or team in the United States for leadership in the pursuit of energy-efficiency goals for building energy codes. The award was presented to a team of 5 Washington State Energy Code leaders at the National Energy Codes Conference on March 23.