The Land Use Code changed last year to increase the number of chickens allowed to be kept on a residential lot from three to eight. Along with this increase in the number of birds, provisions were added prohibiting the keeping of roosters and requiring that coops be located at least ten feet away from dwelling units on adjacent lots. The new code provisions, included as part of comprehensive changes designed to encourage urban agriculture, became effective on September 23, 2010.
Chapter 16, On-Site Renewable Energy Systems, of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code is now in effect.
We’re seeing a wave of new construction across Seattle, and that’s a signal of an accelerating economic recovery. Our Jobs Plan pledges to foster a business climate and environment where all businesses can thrive. That includes doing what we can to encourage construction. When Mayor McGinn heard that it was taking some builders as much as 9 weeks to get a permit appointment with the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), he directed DPD to act. Today you can call and get a permit appointment within two weeks. That helps get workers off the bench and into the field, working at jobs with good wages that help build Seattle’s future.
As a way of providing better customer service through our online applications, DPD has made new enhancements to the Permit & Complaint Status tool. Some of the changes include:
DPD will be offering 2-hour group coaching sessions (up to 12 people/session) every Monday in March from 10 a.m. to noon in SMT 2240. It will be $50/individual; paid prior to the group session.
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., national holiday. DPD will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 18. For business hours, please contact (206) 684-8850 or visit: www.seattle.gov/dpd.
The 2009 Energy Code requirements for residential spaces took effect statewide on Jan. 1, 2011 (the 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements for nonresidential spaces took effect on Nov. 23, 2010). To determine the 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements, you need to look at both the 2009 Washington State Energy Code and Seattle ordinance 123430. Wherever […]
The new 2009 Seattle technical codes are now in effect as of Nov. 23, 2010.
The City of Seattle created a new Client Assistance Memo (CAM) #244 that explains the new city code related to expanding opportunities for urban agriculture. Urban agriculture is defined as growing plants and raising animals within and around cities, and Seattle’s Land Use Code recognizes five different urban agriculture uses: Animal Husbandry, Aquaculture, Community Gardens, Horticulture and Urban Farms.
Due to decreased permit activity, DPD has experienced significant layoffs as well as cuts to non-personnel costs. We are committed to providing good service to our customers, but we need to adjust our service hours due to the layoffs and limited amount of resources.