DPD 2014 Fees

On Jan. 1, 2014, DPD’s new Fee Ordinance will go into effect. There are no changes to development fees other than the adoption by rule of the latest building valuation data (BVD) table. The table establishes construction cost values by occupancy and construction type, which are then used to assess permit fees. This year there is an increase in permit fees of approximately 2 to 3 percent.

January 2013 Publication Updates

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.

DPD Fee Changes for 2011

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.

Revising SDOT Street Use Fee and Rate Changes

Seattle Department of Transportation is revising the Street Use permit fees and the hourly rate for the first time since 2004. Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) 15.04.074 requires that Street Use permit fees cover the expense of administering permits, including review, issuance and enforcement.

Land Use Billing Project

The DPD Land Use program is preparing to implement a monthly billing system to support the Master Use permit (MUP) process. Fees for MUPs are charged at an hourly rate, and can vary based on design considerations, project complexity, public interest, appeal hearings, and customer’s preparedness.