Reminder: On December 15, 2021, Mayor Durkan signed Ordinance 126509, which changes the name of “Single Family” zones to “Neighborhood Residential” zones.
June Publication Updates
These Tips have been updated to change single-family zones and to neighborhood residential zone.
Improved Public Comments Tool
We’ve launched a new tool to help customers more easily submit public comments. Customers can use the Seattle Services Portal to submit public comments online and attach supporting photos and documents.
New Plan Review Process Coming Soon
We’re continuing to work on its transition to Bluebeam. While we have made significant progress, we have decided to delay our launch of this until January while we confirm network security protocols and optimize the migration of permit reviews that are in process to the new platform.
2022 Fee Changes
The Seattle City Council recently adopted the 2022 budget, including legislation that implements SDCI fee changes in 2022. For the second consecutive year, SDCI will not implement an across-the-board increase in fees but instead will continue decreasing a number of fees.
Design Review Program Updates
For the past year our Design Review team has been hard at work striving towards a more inclusive process for historically underserved communities in Seattle, while at the same time creating automated process to reduce repetitive tasks that drain time and resources. With an eye and ear towards making Design Review meetings more accessible, we are studying the values to hosting the meetings virtually. Through our Racial Equality Toolkit, we have identified numerous key components that elevate the virtual experience for members of our community.
Proof of Built Green Certification Needed for the Seattle Green Building Standard
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.
Members Sought for Seattle’s Design Review Boards
Passionate about design or architecture? Mayor Jenny Durkan is looking for qualified candidates to fill 14 upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. Board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. To be considered for appointment, please send an application, cover letter, and resume by January 3, 2022, to Erika Ikstrums at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy Code Tips – New & Updated
Our new Tip 424, Heat Pump Water Heating for Commercial and Multifamily Buildings, has been posted on the SDCI Tips page. For permit applications filed beginning January 1, 2022, central domestic water heating systems in hotel and multifamily buildings must utilize heat pumps, rather than conventional gas or electric resistance systems. (In December, City Council will consider extending this requirement to include other commercial buildings with substantial water heating loads. That requirement, if approved, would take effect later in 2022.)
Reminder: It’s Landslide Season! Are You Prepared?
Landslide season is here, so the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.
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