On November 15, 2019, the City of Seattle adopted a new Known Landslide map and an updated map for steep slope erosion hazard areas. Known landslide areas and steep slope erosion hazard areas are Environmentally Critical Areas regulated by SMC 25.09.
We are proposing a new Director’s Rule regarding height exceptions for floating homes regulated under the Shoreline Master Program. The purpose of this rule is to clarify that a height exception for floating homes that are greater than 18-ft in height also applies for floating homes with a height of 18-ft and less.
On June 12, we published a final joint Director’s Rule with Department of Neighborhoods (DON). The Rule expands on the new requirement that all projects going through Design Review must conduct community outreach before beginning the early design guidance (EDG) process.
DR 9-2016, Requirements for Transitional Encampments went into effect August 8, 2016. This rule establishes requirements for community outreach, encampment operations standards, and coordination with the permit process for new transitional encampments
DPD released an updated Tip and a Director’s Rule.
The Department of Planning and Development hosted a public meeting on October 1, 2013 to take public input on a preliminary draft of a Director’s Rule.
DPD has seen a rise in permit applications for buildings that contain boarding houses, a relatively new project type. These boarding houses generally consist of a group of small bedrooms with attached private bathrooms, each equipped with sink and refrigerator, all arranged around a common corridor or stair, and a common kitchen.
DPD released one Director’s Rule, Implementation of Energy Performance Benchmarking.
DPD adjusted its service fees on January 1, 2012.
DPD uses the most recent building valuation data (BVD) published by the International Code Council as a base for the Seattle BVD table, found in Director’s Rule (DR) 1-2012.
DR 18-2011, General Duties And Responsibilities Of Geotechnical Engineers, will supersede Director’s Rule 33-2006. The purpose of this rule is to define the department’s requirements for geotechnical engineers who are hired by permit applicants to analyze surface and subsurface conditions on a site.