Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we canceled in-person paid zoning coaching appointments in March and early April. Starting April 14, SDCI will offer online paid zoning coaching meetings through Skype. We will set up your Skype coaching appointment within two weeks of receiving your request.
To make sure you receive notice of Land Use Applications, Decisions, Meetings, Hearings, New codes and Director’s Rules, you can subscribe to our Land Use Information Bulletin (LUIB). The LUIB is a great way to get public notices and stay informed about development projects in your neighborhood and throughout Seattle. It includes projects that have public comment opportunities or upcoming public meetings.
SDCI and the City of Seattle are proud to participate in the International Code Council’s annual Building Safety Month campaign this May. The International Code Council’s goal and purpose is to showcase the work and mission of the codes, officials who administer them, and the positive effects the community can receive when they are administered. This is the 40th year of Building Safety Month. There are weekly themes throughout May to educate the public on important issues.
We want to know what you think about our annual North Seattle and South Seattle Home Fairs. Please take just 4 minutes to fill out this survey about the Home Fairs and the presentations. This is your chance to let us know what you like about the events and what you think we should change about them.
We updated two Tips and published a new one on how to maintain vacant business properties.
On March 25, Governor Inslee issued a Construction Guidance Memo. In response, SDCI is reducing our inspection services to only those that support construction activity that is deemed essential.
Starting March 28, 2020, all applications for Water Availability Certificates (WACs) and Determination requests will be processed through the Seattle Services Portal. This update will streamline the Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU’s) application process with SDCI and make SPU’s requirements and review status clearer and more transparent.
After much discussion, and in accordance with public health guidance, the City closed its public-facing counters across multiple departments, including SDCI. We expect to reopen our counters Monday, April 13, but will continue to evaluate this timeline as the pandemic situation evolves.
SDCI is in the process of updating Seattle’s construction codes to the 2018 versions of the building, residential, existing buildings, mechanical, energy, fuel gas, and plumbing codes. We have been aiming for an effective date of July 1, 2020, to align with the effective date of the Washington State building codes. However, due to many factors, including the impacts of the COVID-19, the effective date of Seattle’s codes will be delayed until November 1, 2020. If the 2018 Washington State construction codes effective date is delayed past November 1, we will align the effective date of our codes with the State.
As of Monday, March 16, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has modified the way our services are provided and closed the Applicant Services Center, Public Resource Center, and 19th floor reception area until further notice [or until date].