We are pleased to announce our new Monthly Training Sessions for the Seattle Services Portal. Our goal is to help Portal users understand more about the permits process via our online portal. We will meet the third Tuesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Please join us in person or via Skype to have all your questions answered live. This is one more step in our efforts to further improve the experience of our Seattle Services Portal Users.
The next United States Census will happen on April 1, 2020. There’s a lot at stake for Seattle in the 2020 U.S. Census. We’re combating a chaotic federal administration by working with community partners to ensure historically undercounted residents receive accurate Census information and know their rights.
Customers can now view all their permits inspections in one place. This report is a great tool for customers to use to organize their project inspections in a few easy steps!
We updated several Tips in August 2019.
Have you been frustrated because your demolition application was tied to your construction application and you had to wait for the construction permit before the demolition permit? Maybe you thought you needed to postpone your demolition project because you couldn’t get the permit, possibly incurring additional costs related to Vacant Building Monitoring.
We’ve got good news for you! We now have a standalone demolition permit, a streamlined path to a much simpler start to your demolition project! Applying for a standalone demolition permit is now required. As of 8/8/2019, SDCI will no longer accept combined construction/demo applications.
The new accessory dwelling unit regulations go into effect on August 8, 2019. This was a multiyear effort to help increase the number and variety of housing options in single-family zones and to remove barriers to developing accessory dwelling units in the city.
The City of Seattle has launched a new delegate feature in the Seattle Services Portal. SDCI’s customers use the Seattle Services Portal to apply for building and land use permits and trade and equipment licenses, submit complaints about potential code violations, and register their rental housing units.
The new delegate feature lets you give a contractor, coworker, or co-applicant access to your account and/or records. You can add multiple delegates and manage specific permissions. This feature gives you detailed control over who can access your records and how they can conduct business on your behalf.
In August 2019, the Street Use division of the Seattle Department of Transportation is sending the Seattle City Council a legislative proposal to update their citation penalties. Since the citation section was first adopted in 2002, Street Use has made minor updates, but they have not carried out a holistic review of penalties.
Recent legislation (Council Bill 119544) made it easier for property owners to build accessory dwelling units (i.e., backyard cottages) to give more housing options for people living in Seattle. In our digital age, having more people living on one parcel will likely also mean increased internet usage – and an increased need for broadband capacity. A home may already have an internet service connection, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that connection can easily be extended or shared with a new residence on the parcel.
We updated several Tips and released a new Tip about sign, awning, and billboard permits.