The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has updated the prescriptive earthquake home retrofit plan set! We are now using an updated drawing plan set that has been approved by the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) and uploaded to our website. The same plan set is already being used in several local jurisdictions, including Auburn, Bellevue, and King County. Visit WABO’s website for more home retrofit resources.
May is Building Safety Month
The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections and the City of Seattle are proud to participate in the International Code Council’s annual Building Safety Month campaign this May. This event has been the emphasis of the International Code Council and its predecessors for the past 40 years. The goal and purpose of the International Code Council was to showcase the work and mission of the codes, officials who administer them, and the positive affects the community can receive when they are administered. There are weekly themes throughout May to educate the public on important issues such as being prepared for a disaster. The City of Seattle has been and continues to be a major contributor to the development and implementation of all types of codes relevant to the built environment.
Building Safety Month Resources
The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections and the City of Seattle are proud to participate in the International Code Council’s annual Building Safety Month campaign this May. This event, created by the International Code Council, has a goal and purpose to showcase the work and mission of the codes, officials who administer them, and the positive effects the codes can have on the community. This page includes resources for each week’s theme.
New Research to Inform Earthquake Design of Tall Buildings
On Thursday, March 22, SDCI and the US Geological Survey (USGS) hosted a workshop to determine how to account for higher earthquake motions due to the Seattle Basin and the Cascadia Subduction Zone when designing tall buildings (over 240 feet).
Don’t Miss the South Seattle Home Fair!
You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 10, 2018, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Are you planning a remodeling project? Ask us about our permitting process, inspections, and codes requirements. Do you rent, or are you a landlord? Come ask about rental housing rules. We’ll also have information tables about affordable housing, landslide awareness, emergency preparedness, energy rebates, home ownership assistance, weatherization of homes, and much, much more!
Quicker Permitting Options for Voluntary Seismic Upgrades in Single Family Homes
SDCI is now permitting voluntary seismic upgrades designed by an engineer as a Subject-to-Field-Inspection (STFI) permit. This quicker permitting option is only available for single-family homes.