OPCD has grown and accomplished many things since its inception 12 months ago. We are ready to share this news with you through our first monthly newsletter.
Come join us for casual conversation around proposed changes to your neighborhood to generate more affordable housing, improve transportation services, and parks investments. We will be sharing the following Urban Village maps: Columbia City, North Beacon Hill, North Rainier Avenue, Othello, Rainier Beach.
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.
Fall protection is a job site safety requirement nationally and in the State of Washington. Job sites are required to meet safety requirements and our inspectors are responsible to abide by requirements for basic Fall Protection. If a Seattle inspector is at a site where an unsafe condition is present, they will not enter the unsafe area, which could result in failure of your inspection.
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.
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. Only projects that apply under the 2015 Seattle Building Code will be subject to this new requirement.
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.
Due to rising labor costs, the Seattle Department of Transportation Street inspection and permit review rates are changing in 2017. A 2016 annual fee analysis found that adequate compensation for increasing labor costs would require an increase from $196 to $209 per service hour.