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.
Seattle DCI and OPCD released draft Design Review Program Improvement recommendations on March 9, 2016. Our recommendations identify and evaluate organizational, structural, and procedural changes to enhance the design review program’s efficiency and enable it to better achieve its purpose. You can comment on our recommendations through April 8.
Seattle DCI has positions open in our electrical review and inspections group. We are seeking a Journey Electrical Inspector and an Electrical Plans Examiner. We are accepting applications until 4 p.m. on March 15, 2016. You can apply through the City’s Career Center.
As of April 4, 2016, all master use permit and construction permit applications that require plan review must be submitted for review online using the Seattle DCI Project Portal. We will not accept paper applications after April 4. Seattle DCI is making this change to streamline the application process, to increase the efficiency of permit reviews, and to reduce paper.
As of April 4, 2016, all master use permit and construction permit applications that require plan review must be submitted for review online using the Seattle DCI Project Portal. Projects that meet the criteria for STFI (Subject-to-Field-Inspection) may still be submitted on paper and in person at the Applicant Services Center.
The City of Seattle has approved Ordinance 124969. The ordinance included updated rules for minimum distance between marijuana-related businesses and public uses and amenities. It also changes rules for how many marijuana retail businesses may locate near each other. State licensing has also recently allowed the opportunity for some medical marijuana establishments to obtain licenses and convert to retail businesses.
2016 brings some significant changes to the leadership and organizational structure of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). After 38 years with the City and 14 as director of DPD, Diane Sugimura will be retiring. At the same time, the department will become two – the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections and a new Office of Planning and Community Development. Current staff and services within DPD will remain in place for most of 2016. Staff in both departments will continue to work closely together to help ensure coordination as we move forward.
After the Seattle City Council confirmed Mayor Ed Murray’s nominee to lead the newly created Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, Nathan Torgelson was sworn as the department’s first director.