View permit turnaround times for August 2013.
Seattle City Council and King County Council passed legislation in September that will implement a Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program (LCLIP) in South Lake Union and Downtown. This program will generate funding for infrastructure improvements by capturing a portion of the increased King County property tax resulting from the increased assessed value of new development, in exchange for implementing a regional Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program.
On September 9, the Seattle City Council passed emergency legislation that establishes a minimum floor area ratio (FAR) requirement on lots with pedestrian designations in Neighborhood Commercial zones within Urban Centers, Urban Villages, and the Station Area Overlay District. This legislation would apply to any development in these areas proposing to add or remove more than 1,000 square feet of floor area or more than 10 percent of existing floor area, whichever is less.
DPD updated three Tips:Tip 121, Criteria for Consistently Prepared Applicant (CPA) Submittals; Tip 213B, Application Requirements for Lot Boundary Adjustments; and Tip 229, Residential Use of a Floating Home, House Barge or Vessel. A draft Directors Rule, Clarifying the application of Design Review thresholds for congregate residences, is available for public comment.
Effective December 1st 2013, Master Use Permit applications for Lot Boundary Adjustments, Unit Lot Subdivision, and Shortplats must be submitted via DPD’s electronic plan review portal.
When does the Seattle Shoreline Master Program (SSMP) allow floating residences? DPD has been asked to provide a Director’s Rule to assist owners of vessels and other floating properties currently moored in Seattle waters who seek to use those properties as residences. The rule will provide criteria for determining whether a floating residence meets SSMP requirements. The rule will not apply to floating homes or house barges.
DPD received draft recommendations from the Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Policy Committee in January 2013 for a mandatory seismic retrofit policy for URM buildings. The committee requested a cost-benefit analysis on alternatives. The purpose of the analysis is to provide information for final recommendations by the URM Policy Committee and to inform decisions by the Mayor and City Council on a mandatory retrofit program.
The Construction Codes Advisory Board has openings for new members. We will begin recruitment next month. There will be opportunities for both the general public and for professions interacting with the Department of Planning and Development.
The City Council Energy and Environment Committee is tentatively scheduled to review the 2012 Seattle building, residential, existing building, mechanical, fuel gas, and plumbing codes on August 13. The Seattle Energy Code may be heard at a later meeting.
View our permit turnaround approval times for June 2013.