We launched Zendesk for developers and owners needing assistance with tenant relocation (TRAO) holds on their permits. Zendesk offers a new way for customers to ask us questions about TRAO holds on their permits as well as those wanting to begin the TRAO process. Zendesk replaced the complaint line and the Seattle Services Portal for new requests from owners and developers. If you have a pending TRAO request submitted through either the complaint line or the Seattle Servies Portal, please do not submit a another request through Zendesk.
With the onset of the rainy season, SDCI is reminding builders working in Seattle to inspect and maintain any temporary storm drain inserts they have installed as part of construction projects. The inserts, also known as storm drain socks, are used on many construction projects to catch sediment not captured by other required construction-related erosion control measures.
We are planning to retire the Parcel Data Viewer tool in mid-December, however all of the data displayed on that tool may be found using the King County Parcel Viewer and SDCI’s GIS mapping tool.
November 2023 Publication Updates
The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) is excited to announce the Watershed building in Fremont is our third Living Building Pilot building to successfully complete the pilot program green building requirements. The Watershed building recently received Petal Certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and met the requirements to reduce energy and water use. Only two other pilot projects have successfully completed the process—the Bullitt Center and Stone 34.
Employees from SDCI and Seattle IT attended the Accela annual conference, Accelarate, September 23 – 27 in Washington D.C. The City of Seattle was honored at the recognition luncheon with an Accelarate Trendsetter Award for “Connecting in Purpose – Permitting System Integration” for the Seattle Services Portal (on the Accela platform). The annual conference and Trendsetter Awards are opportunities for agencies in the US to connect and learn from each other to move governments forward to improve services to the public. The award recognizes government agencies as well as individuals who embrace technology and digital modernization to deliver reliable services to their communities.
SDCI is the Addressing Authority for the City of Seattle. It is essential that assigned addresses are accurate so the property can reliably receive the following services: mail delivery, utilities, and emergency services.
When King County records condominiums as part of the process to assign assessor parcel numbers, they sometimes assign addresses that do not match the addresses we have on record at SDCI. This is particularly prevalent in neighborhood residential (NR) zones with attached and detached accessory dwelling units.
SDCI is committed to providing you with the best possible service and support throughout your residential building projects. We understand that the inspection process can sometimes feel overwhelming, and that’s why we are thrilled to introduce our new Residential Inspection Quick Sheets!
Our Residential Inspection Quick Sheets are guides designed to help give transparency to the inspection process by understanding what our inspectors are looking for during inspections.
Effective October 13, 2023, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is no longer requiring long-term, renewing permits for signs that project from private property over public right-of-way. This includes blade signs, wall signs, under-canopy signs, awning graphics, etc. Please see SDOT Director’s Rule 05-2023: Signs Projecting over Public Right-of-Way for details on this change in requirements. Review the SDOT Public Space Management webpage, Signs, Awnings, and Graphics over the Right-of-Way, to better understand which permits are no longer required.
Mayor Bruce A Harrell is recruiting an Architect to join the Seattle Design Commission. The two-year term will start in March 2024. We are looking for a Licensed Architect who is interested in helping to elevate the design of City capital projects (parks, community centers, fire stations, etc.) that will have a long-term effect, and which can produce environmental outcomes that benefit the public.