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.
Beginning June 1, 2017, our new, colorful, large public notice signs will: show a picture of the proposed project; include a map showing the location of the project in relationship to nearby streets and properties; have a simple description of the project, and detailed bullet points; include information on how to review the project online; and list the date of the comment period on the project.
In preparation for our new permitting system, coming soon, we now require that all applications and plans be submitted electronically. as of May 1, we will no longer accept paper plans.
All permitting, licensing, inspections and complaints functions will be converting to the system over the Memorial Day Weekend. We will offer limited services on the Friday before the weekend and the following Tuesday due to the complex nature of our data and the magnitude of the system. Our new integrated system will be up and fully functional on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
On Tuesday March 14, 2017, the Electrical Program will be closed for inspections. The inspectors will be attending a training on the 2017 National Electrical Code.
In January 2017, City Council approved updated environmentally critical areas (ECA) regulations. The Seattle City Council will be amending the Environmentally Critical Areas Ordinance to correct the effective date of the regulations. City Council is expected to approve this amendment in the middle of March and the effective date of the new Environmentally Critical Areas is expected to be the middle of April.
Take a Building Operator Certification Level II training on March 2 to prepare for the Office of Sustainability and the Environment’s new Seattle Building Tune-Up mandate.