Beginning Dec. 4, 2009, backyard cottages will be allowed citywide. Since 2006 backyard cottages, also known as detached accessory dwelling units or DADUs, have been permitted in southeast Seattle. There has been a tremendous amount of interest in backyard cottages for many reasons. For seniors, a backyard cottage offers a way to downsize while living […]
In an effort to continue to meet our customer service objectives and recognize the range of resources needed on any given day, DPD’s offices will be closed 10 days in 2010, rather than having partial resources available each day.
The start of the wet season has begun in Seattle and heavy rain can increase the chance of landslides due to soil saturation, which reduces slope stability. Property owners of landslide-prone sites are advised to clear drains and take other simple measures, such as: checking downspouts, to make sure they are functioning and routed to a safe location; and inspecting sloping areas of their property for indications of slope movement (such as cracks in the ground, and newly tilting trees) and erosion.
The City of Seattle announced today the start of a new expedited permitting process for highly energy efficient development projects. On September 30 the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) launched the Green Q permitting program for single family and other small residential projects.
DPD is beginning to review the draft 2009 Seattle Mechanical Code. A committee of the Construction Codes Advisory Board (CCAB) will be formed this fall to review the draft.
In order to improve the design and variety of townhouses in Seattle, Mayor Nickels directed DPD to create an Administrative Design Review (ADR) process for townhouses in conjunction with adoption of a Multifamily Code Update. This project will extend Design Review to cover more townhouses in order to raise the overall quality of townhouse design, without adding significantly to project cost or affordability.