The City of Seattle has made important changes to the City’s Rental Agreement Regulation Ordinance. Future rental agreements in the City of Seattle must follow these requirements: Security Deposit, Pet Deposit, and Move-in Fee Limits; Payment Plans Required; and Security Deposit Returns.
In anticipation of our new permitting system, we are requiring all applicants with paper plans to convert their projects to electronic plans. This must be done when the applicant is resubmitting plan corrections. All paper plans should be converted to electronic plans no later than March 1, 2017, or have the issued permit for paper plans by this date.
You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 11, 2017, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. This event is your chance to ask questions about your planned remodel and our permitting process, code requirements, and rental housing and tenant assistance program. City staff will also be available to discuss housing, emergency preparedness, landslide awareness, and rain garden information.
As one of the nation’s fastest growing large cities, Seattle recognizes the opportunity to provide better service to the public and operate more efficiently by integrating its permitting processes across departments. In early 2017 a consulting company will begin gathering information to help the City build a strategic business plan for this effort. As part of this effort we’re gathering information from the public. If you would like to participate, please email Grette Benitez (Grette.Benitez@seattle.gov) or call at 206-684-3787 no later than January 10, 2017 to be scheduled for a session.
We’re replacing our current permitting system, Hansen, with new software called Accela by early 2017. It will be easier to use than the permit portal we have now! We’ll keep you updated on all of the upcoming changes and information that you’ll need to know.
The Seattle City Council recently adopted the 2017-18 budget, including legislation that implements Seattle DCI fee changes in 2017 to cover wage increases in order to reflect our cost of doing business. On January 1, 2017, these service fees go into effect.
On November 3 we released a staff draft of legislation related to the maintenance and demolition standards for vacant buildings, along with our environmental (SEPA) decision. The proposed amendments to the Housing and Building Maintenance Code (Title 22) and the Land Use Code (Title 23) respond to an increase in the problems associated with vacant buildings in the city.
Mayor Ed Murray is looking for qualified candidates to fill 12 upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. The volunteer positions will be available April 4, 2017, when retiring board members’ terms expire.
Ideal candidates are professionals in the design and development fields who have proven skills and established careers. We are also seeking community and business leaders passionate about civic engagement and shaping new development in their neighborhoods.
On January 1, 2017 the updated Seattle Building Code takes effect. The updated code requires all applicants to complete a rat eradication program as a condition to getting a demolition permit. The rat eradication program must be in place on the project site at least 15 days prior to the start of any demolition or any clearing or grading on the site.
Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? Or that Seattle just set a record for the most rainfall ever in the month of October? As rainfall continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise this winter.