We’ve been working to identify completed projects that have not provided proof of Built Green 4-Star or better certification that is required when using the Green Building Standard. The incentive applies when a development exceeds a minimum floor area, includes building a second accessory dwelling unit, or when extra floor area or height is pursued. If you are unsure whether this applies to your project, please refer to the approved permit plans or the Green Building Commitment letter that was signed during permit review.
In January 2022, we’ll launch an initiative to identify and contact projects out of compliance with the Green Building Standard. The Seattle Land Use Code allows up to 180 days from date of final inspection or certificate of occupancy to achieve and send in the certificate. Certificates at the 4-Star or better level must be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Please make sure the project address and permit number(s) are provided in your email subject line.
As a first step, we’ll be sending reminder emails to the person indicated as owner on our permit records. The email will provide the timeframe to respond and the potential code violations. If certifications are not received in a timely manner the project will move to code enforcement and potentially a Notice of Violation. If certification cannot be obtained the owner can be subject to daily penalties as calculated from the date the certification was due and a penalty of 2% of the value of the construction as indicated in the approved building permit.
Please review our green building web page and contact the Green Team at email@example.com with any questions.