In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most City offices, including SDCI’s, are closed to in-person services. However, SDCI is still processing, reviewing, and issuing permits. Almost all permits can be applied for online through our Seattle Services Portal. We are also providing coaching and answering questions electronically. See our SDCI Service Updates in Response to COVID-19 article for more information.
With our applicant service center closed to walk-in help, applying online is the best way to get your permit. While you can’t visit us, our staff is still hard at work, continuing our normal business remotely while making sure your permits are screened and issued as quickly as possible. One of our most commonly issued construction permits is the Subject-to-Field-Inspection (STFI) permit. An STFI permit is a great option for smaller projects that do not require full plan review; please read Tip 316, Subject-to-Field-Inspection Permits, to learn what qualifies for an STFI permit. We usually screen STFI permits in one to two days. Even though you can’t apply in person, SDCI is still able to process and review your STFI permit application when you apply through the Seattle Services Portal. If you need help on how to apply for an STFI construction permit, please see the How to Submit a Construction Subject-to-Field-Inspection Application help article in the Seattle Services Portal.
Along with STFI permits, all our trade permits are being issued through our portal. Trade permits include boiler-pressure vessel, conveyance, electrical, fire/sprinkler, furnace, refrigeration, mechanical, side sewer, and sign/awning permits. To learn more, please see the How to Apply for a Trade Permit article. Our staff is also available for direct questions having to do with trade permits through e-mail at OTCPermits@Seattle.gov.
Almost all permits that SDCI issues can be applied for online. All customers need to create a Seattle Services Portal account to submit applications. If you have any questions, please reach out to our staff through the Q & A section of our webpage and one of our knowledgeable staff will make sure you get the answers you need. For more information, please see SDCI’s website for updated information on our customer service areas closures and SDCI’s service updates to see what services have been shifted online.