We updated three Tips about subject-to-field inspection permits, environmentally critical areas exemptions, and side sewer plan requirements.
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.
For the past several months, we have been preparing to adopt the 2015 Seattle codes, including the Building, Residential, Mechanical, and Energy Conservation codes. While we don’t know what the legislative schedule will be, we are expecting to require compliance with the 2015 codes on January 1, 2017.
Based on feedback from our customers and staff, we have developed a new Statement of Financial Responsibility Agent Authorization form. This form is currently available on our forms website.
We are proposing updates to the Land Use Code to accommodate advances in two specific areas: internet service and federal licensing for use of the airwaves by low power radio station. Our proposal would change existing regulations to make it easier to place utility equipment boxes designed to improve internet, telephone, and video connections. Our proposal would also change regulations to make it easier for low power FM broadcasting facilities, licensed solely as non-profit entities and with a limited broadcasting reach, to put their antennas in suitable locations in all zones throughout the city.
All applications for Land Use and Construction permits need to be reviewed by staff with expertise in various Seattle codes. It is important for all staff to review each project using the same property boundaries, known as a “development site.” This is important to properly conform to code requirements, to provide consistency to applicants and the public, and to allow property records to be easily accessible.
View permit turnaround times for May 2016
We published a final Director’s Rule on Small Efficiency Dwelling Units.
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).