SDCI will launch new permitting software on April 30, 2018. All permitting, licensing, inspections, and complaints functions will be available in the new system as of that date. Some preliminary application activities will be affected prior to that date as we prepare to move data to the new system. We will temporarily stop accepting inspection request services on Friday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m. We expect to begin accepting inspection requests in the new system at 10:00 a.m. on Monday April 30. The deadline to request inspections to be conducted on Monday, April 30 is Friday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m. Pre-application submittals, exemption requests (ECA or Shoreline), grading season extensions, permit renewals and permit revisions must be submitted prior to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.
Passionate about design or architecture? The Mayor is looking for qualified candidates to fill five potential openings on the City of Seattle’s Central Area Design Review Board. In anticipation of pending legislation proposing an eighth Design Review Board for the Central Area, we are accepting applications for new board members. Design review board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review large mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects. The volunteer positions will start on July 1, 2018, pending a vote by City Council on legislation to establish the new Design Review Board district. If legislation is revised or delayed, we will contact applicants regarding their application status or next steps.
You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 10, 2018, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Are you planning a remodeling project? Ask us about our permitting process, inspections, and codes requirements. Do you rent, or are you a landlord? Come ask about rental housing rules. We’ll also have information tables about affordable housing, landslide awareness, emergency preparedness, energy rebates, home ownership assistance, weatherization of homes, and much, much more!
We recently added a “Developer Contributions” Tip series: Tip 257, Developer Contributions for Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), and Tip 258, Developer Contributions for Incentive Zoning. These tips outline the plan and process requirements related to our zoning review and our policy and technical review of your projects where Mandatory Housing Affordability applies, and/or you elect to use incentive zoning.
In December 2017, the City Council adopted new rules for the operation of short-term rentals in Seattle. The new rules address regulatory licensing, taxation, and land use requirements for short-term rentals, a type of lodging sometimes called vacation rentals. Most of the new requirements will go into effect in January 2019.
The City of Seattle is hosting a Forum on February 13 for owners and managers of multi-family residential buildings with more than six units. The forum will present best practices for allowing multiple internet service providers to serve apartment and condominium buildings. It will also provide tips on negotiating effective agreements with internet service providers.
We released three draft Tips, a new Tip, a draft Director’s Rule, and two new Director’s Rule this month.
View permit turnaround approval times for December, 2017.
The City of Seattle is updating the Land Use Code to allow for Bus Hub facilities and Metro is identifying locations in north downtown to build them. The first “bus hub” will be located on Eastlake Ave E. This surface facility will accommodate approximately 12 buses and provide a comfort station and an operations office for operators. Please visit the online open house, which will be open to the public on Wednesday, January 17 through January 31. There, you can give feedback on land use changes and the design features of the Eastlake hub.
The Seattle City Council recently adopted the 2018 budget, including legislation that implements SDCI fee changes in 2018 to cover wage increases that reflect our current cost of doing business. On January 1, 2018, these service fees go into effect.