As of April 4, 2016, all master use permit and construction permit applications the require plan review must be submitted for review online using the Seattle DCI Project Portal. Seattle DCI is making this change to streamline the application process, to increase the efficiency of permit reviews, and to reduce paper.
Drafts of the proposed 2015 Seattle codes are available on Seattle DCI’s website. Drafts of the following codes are posted on our 2015 Seattle Codes Adoption website.
Effective January 1, 2016, Seattle DCI (which is administering the former DPD fee ordinance) raised the land use hourly rate 12%, a change from $250 per hour to $280 per hour. The new hourly rate will be applied to billable review hours or fees that are linked to the land use hourly rate that are incurred on or after January 1, 2016.
The 2016 Stormwater Code became effective on January 1, 2016. The City of Seattle is offering a series of free training sessions to assist builders and designers with implementing the 2016 Stormwater Code. Be sure to register soon because classes are filling up quickly!
Seattle DCI will hold a series of public meetings during January and February to review proposed changes to the “Commercial Buildings” provisions of the 2015 Seattle Energy Code. (The City does not amend the residential portion of the code.) We will post the proposals that are scheduled for discussion in advance of each meeting.
View permit turnaround times for November 2015.
At the Office of Planning and Community Development, we are continuing our work with City Council to explore land use code changes that could encourage greater production of backyard cottages (also known as detached accessory dwelling units or DADUs). Expanding construction of backyard cottages could provide thousands of new housing units throughout Seattle and give homeowners an opportunity to earn stable, extra income that can help them remain in their neighborhoods.
For the past month, City staff have been sorting and organizing feedback we received about the Seattle 2035 Draft Plan. During the five-month comment period, people had many options to share their thoughts. Online options included email, website comment box, Facebook, Twitter, and Consider IT online community conversation and survey.
We updated two Tips on tenant rights and finalized five director’s rules, including the stormwater manual and fee subtitle rules.
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.