We revised the rat abatement forms required for getting demolition permits. The changes respond to concerns about how to comply with Section 3303.15 of the Seattle Building Code and R107.12 in the Residential Code which require rat abatement prior to the start of demolition for all buildings. Our process initially required proof of a contract with a pest control company before the demolition permit could be issued. This requirement delayed issuance of some permits and created problems when permits were issued long before demolition actually started.
Under the new process, applicants will file a declaration with their permit application affirming they understand the rat abatement requirement. There will be no hold on issuance of the demolition permit. At the first ground disturbance inspection, prior to the start of demolition, the applicant or contractor will provide a certification from a pest control company. The certification will confirm the date the rat abatement program started and confirm that the abatement program will continue until demolition actually starts. The abatement program must be in place for at least 15 days (and continue until demolition actually starts) in order to pass first ground inspection.
We hope this new process will be clearer, eliminate delays in permit issuance, and make it easier to comply with the rat abatement requirement.
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