We updated two Tips on tenant rights and finalized five director’s rules, including the stormwater manual and fee subtitle rules.
We published two new rules, Implementation of the Fee Subtitle, Building Valuation Data and Implementation of the Fee Subtitle. We proposed to rescind one rule, Criteria for Approval for Minor Structural Building Overhangs Encroaching into Streets and Alleys.
DR 1-2013, “Implementation of the Fee Subtitle, Building Valuation Data,” describes how we calculate and update the building valuation data that is used to determine fees for reviews, permits, and inspections.
DPD has updated CAM 316, Subject-to-Field-Inspection Permits. DPD published draft DR 2-2012/SDOT 4-2012, West Seattle Triangle Streetscape Concept Plan and final DR 1-2012, Implementation of the Fee Subtitle, Building Valuation Data.
DPD updated one Client Assistance Memo, “Renewal and Reestablishment Process for Construction and Land Use Permits.” Two Director’s Rules, “Implementing of Energy Performance Benchmarking” and “Implementation of the Fee Subtitle, Building Valuation Data,” are available for comment. Director’s Rule 18-2011, “General Duties And Responsibilities Of Geotechnical Engineers,” supersedes Director’s Rule 33-2006.
Effective January 1, 2011, there will be a number of changes to DPD’s fee ordinance. Fees have been adjusted to cover the cost of service, including a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to cover 2008 and 2009 (fees have not been adjusted since the beginning of 2008). A new provision was added to allow for monthly billing for land use review, which will help the applicant and staff track permit costs during the review process. This will be phased in over the next year; there are no changes to the land use hourly fees.