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].
Today the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announced changes in services for applicants and the public. The changes are in response to the continued slow down in the development sector, which has significantly reduced permit related revenue for the department and resulted in a series of layoffs since the beginning of 2009. The latest round of layoffs takes effect October 1. The service changes are scheduled to go into effect October 18.
Even through the current economic downturn, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) remains committed to providing quality service to its customers. As you may have heard, DPD has experienced significant layoffs in its Operations Branch. In an effort to continue supporting its core services of plan review, permitting and inspections, DPD will be modifying its services in 2010. This includes the following: DPD business closures — 10 days; reduced land use coaching hours; and making permit/project status available only online.