On January 1, 2023, SDCI will be implementing a compounded inflationary increase of 9.16% to most fees. This increase follows two consecutive years in which SDCI did not implement fee increases, and is designed to re-align SDCI fee levels with the current cost of business. These fee increases will result in an SDCI base hourly rate of $252/hr, and Land Use hourly rate of $430/hr. New for 2023, most SDCI fees will also be subject to a 5% technology fee.
The Seattle City Council recently adopted the 2022 budget, including legislation that implements SDCI fee changes in 2022. For the second consecutive year, SDCI will not implement an across-the-board increase in fees but instead will continue decreasing a number of fees.
Effective January 1, 2016, Seattle DCI (which is administering the former DPD fee ordinance) raised the land use hourly rate 12%, a change from $250 per hour to $280 per hour. The new hourly rate will be applied to billable review hours or fees that are linked to the land use hourly rate that are incurred on or after January 1, 2016.
On January 1, 2015, DPD will adjust its service fees. There are no changes to development fees this year other than the adoption by rule of the latest building valuation data (BVD) table.
On Jan. 1, 2013, DPD adjusted its permitting service fees and charges. DPD uses the most recent building valuation data (BVD) published by the International Code Council as a base upon which to create a Seattle BVD table, found in Director’s Rule 1-2013, Implementation of the Fee Subtitle, Building Valuation Data.