The 2012 Seattle Energy Code went into effect December 27, 2013. The date of your project’s associated building permit application will determine which version of the energy code applies to your project. If your building permit application is dated before December 27, 2013, we will review your electrical plans under the 2009 Seattle Energy Code. All other electrical plan review submissions must comply with the 2012 Energy Code.
DPD has reconvened the URM Policy Committee to review the Benefits Cost Analysis (BCA) and to confirm or amend draft recommendations for a mandatory retrofit policy. The committee held two meetings in March to hear a presentation on the BCA and to start a discussion on how the results may trigger changes to the draft recommendations.
As of May 1, 2014, DPD will no longer accept paper copies of preliminary application materials that are larger than 11 x 17 inches.
View the permit turnaround times for February, 2014.
We pulled Tip 340 on townhouse and duplex construction and published a draft director’s rule about SEPA review thresholds.
The 2012 Seattle building, energy, residential, mechanical, fuel gas, existing building, plumbing and fire codes were approved by the City Council on September 16. The 60-day transition period ends late this month.
DPD’s voluntary green permitting incentive, Priority Green Expedited has grown considerably over the last 3 years. We have seen substantial growth in small residential new construction permits for single family, duplexes, townhouses, and rowhouses. Overall we have seen 258 applications for building permits enroll in the expedited program: 200 small residential, 47 large multifamily and 11 commercial projects. About 20% of all residential permit applications and 2% of all commercial permit applications for new construction (with complex reviews) are participating in the Priority Green Expedited program.
We are accepting applications through Dec. 6 to join the Construction Codes Advisory Board. The three open positions represent organized labor, general contractors, and apartment building owners/operators.
View permit turnaround times for October 2013.
The Design Review Program is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill 12 upcoming openings on the city of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. The deadline for submitting an application is December 10, 2013. The volunteer positions will begin April 4, 2014 when retiring board members’ terms expire.