On September 8, the Mayor signed Ordinance 125399, which updates provisions for the maintenance and demolition of vacant buildings. The ordinance becomes effective on October 9, 2017.
The City Council approved an amendment to the 2015 Seattle Building Code allowing Art Gallery spaces less than 3000 square feet in size to remain or be classified as an Mercantile occupancy from an Assembly-3 occupancy. They also approved legislation for Seattle’s Technical Codes and Electrical Code.
We’re piloting some permit application types in our new permitting system. We’re starting small and limiting participation in this early phase – the pilots are by invitation only at this point. We plan to fully launch the system later this year.
Please don’t use the SEPA exemption levels information in Director’s Rule 29-2015 to plan your project. Recent code updates have modified the exemption levels in SMC 25.05 to align with growth estimates for infill development within Urban Centers.
The rainy season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to think about whether you will be doing any grading between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
The Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Development Review Program has been providing comprehensive early design guidance over the last year. Our goal is to better integrate private development and the city’s right-of-way priorities. We want to improve service through consistent direction, a single SDOT contact throughout the Master Use Permit (MUP) process, and relevant, up-to-date information on SDOT rules, plans, and policies.
On October 1, 2017, we will begin issuing some single family substantial alteration projects as a Subject-to-Field-Inspection (STFI) permit. We often issue STFI permits on the same day you apply.
The Seattle/King County Clinic offers free dental, vision, and medical care for people that have difficulty accessing or affording healthcare. This year’s clinic will be October 26 – 29 at the Seattle Center.
We are committed to providing good customer service to our applicants. The permit turnaround data is updated monthly online and can be viewed at www.seattle.gov/dpd/toolsresources/ (go to “Turnaround / Approval Times”). Type of Permit Goal August 2017 Performance Simple Building IP* 80% in 48 Hours 95.48% Medium Construction IP 80% in 2 Weeks 22.37% (95.4% […]
Tips REVISED Tip 316, Subject-to-Field-Inspection (STFI) Permits, has been revised. We updated it to reflect quicker permitting options for single-family substantial alterations. BEING REVISED Tip 208, When Environmental Review is Required in Seattle, is being revised because its information is out-of-date. Director’s Rules DRAFT DDR 20-2017, Green Building Standard, describes green building standard requirements, how […]