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2021 Seattle Construction Code Update

The Seattle construction codes are being updated to the 2021 code editions and include the building, residential, existing building, energy, mechanical, plumbing, fuel gas, and fire codes. The Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code is also being updated to the 2023 edition. The target implementation date for the 2021 Seattle Construction Codes… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle City Light to Require New Standard for Solar Panel Inverters

Beginning July 1, 2024, all proposed inverter-based Distributed Energy Resources (DER) must use inverters certified under Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 1741 Supplement B (Standard for Safety Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use with Distributed Energy Resources, Supplement B and labeled as UL1741-SB) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics… [ Keep reading ]

May Publication Updates

Tips Updated Director’s Rules Final

Opportunity to Discuss Seattle’s Green Building Permit Incentives

For almost two decades, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has offered developers construction benefits in exchange for meeting green building standards. These incentives have helped create thousands of certified green buildings. They are part of a suite of actions to reduce the City’s building carbon emissions by… [ Keep reading ]

Design Review Exemption for Downtown and Center City

SDCI is proposing to exempt from Design Review new developments that include residential, hotel, and research and development (R&D) laboratories, as a part of Mayor Harrell’s Downtown Activation Plan (DAP). The bill would apply for three years, waiving the Design Review process for development proposals that contain mostly residential or hotel uses, or R&D laboratories, within the following urban center neighborhoods: Downtown; South Lake Union; Uptown; and First Hill.

Join SDCI at the Women in Trades Fair

SDCI is proud to announce that we will be an exhibitor at this year’s Women in Trades Fair. This is a community outreach event for young girls and women seeking to learn more about the trades. Our table will be set up inside the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion where we will be explaining what SDCI does. We will have inspectors on site to answer questions about starting a career in the trades. Stop by our table for free giveaways and pamphlets regarding jobs at SDCI.

April Publication Updates

SDCI updated four Tips and published two draft Director’s Rules on relocation assistance payments.

March Publication Updates

SDCI updated a Tip on demolition and deconstruction and created a new Tip about transitional encampment permits.

Seattle Public Utilities Design Standards & Guidelines

Seattle Public Utilities is pleased to announce that the SPU’s Design Standards & Guidelines (DSG) V5.0 is available on the SPU website. Over 20 owners of the guideline chapters and numerous contributors updated the Design Standards & Guidelines to reflect our current design practices. Users of the guidelines are encouraged to provide feedback, which we will consider for future inclusion or revisions.

New Maps for Tree Public Notices & Tree Tracking Data Now Available!

Last year, the City of Seattle adopted new codes and regulations regarding tree protection, tree service providers, and tree public notices. These new regulations help the City balance tree protection and housing production. Trees add value to your property and the surrounding community. Canopy cover is one important measure of the health of the urban forest. Urban trees provide numerous ecological, economic, and social benefits, including wildlife habitat, neighborhood livability, and improved public health outcomes.