As of April 4, 2016, all master use permit and construction permit applications that require plan review must be submitted for review online using the Seattle DCI Project Portal. We will not accept paper applications after April 4. Seattle DCI is making this change to streamline the application process, to increase the efficiency of permit reviews, and to reduce paper.
All applications for Land Use and Construction permits need to be reviewed by staff with expertise in various Seattle codes. It is important for all staff to review each project using the same property boundaries, known as a “development site.” This is important to properly conform to code requirements, to provide consistency to applicants and the public, and to allow property records to be easily accessible.
SDOT Street Use right-of-way permit rates are changing—rewarding well-prepared applicants and moving to project/service-based permitting. In the midst of Seattle’s development surge, right-of-way permit rates have remained the same for 5 years. That’s led to deferred service enhancements and backlogs as Street Use Permit Services now reviews, inspects, and issues approximately 32,000 permits per year. The new rate model follows many months of outreach, assessment, and modeling to address our city’s rapid growth and increasing construction density.
In order to better serve our customers, the Public Resource Center (PRC) will process corrections and permit issuance for land use projects. This change takes effect on July 1, 2014.
The February permit turnaround data is posted online and can be viewed at www.seattle.gov/dpd/resourcecenter (go to “Turnaround/Approval Times 2011”).
This month’s publication updates include CAM 503, Side Sewer Permits in Seattle, and DR 3-2012, Pike/Pine Overlay District: Character Structures that Cannot be Demolished if Incentives Allowing Additional Height and Floor Size are Used on a Lot Within the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District.
DPD is committed to providing good customer service to its applicants. The permit turnaround data is updated monthly online and can be viewed at www.seattle.gov/dpd/resourcecenter (go to “Turnaround/Approval Times 2011”).
We’re seeing a wave of new construction across Seattle, and that’s a signal of an accelerating economic recovery. Our Jobs Plan pledges to foster a business climate and environment where all businesses can thrive. That includes doing what we can to encourage construction. When Mayor McGinn heard that it was taking some builders as much as 9 weeks to get a permit appointment with the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), he directed DPD to act. Today you can call and get a permit appointment within two weeks. That helps get workers off the bench and into the field, working at jobs with good wages that help build Seattle’s future.
Effective April 18, 2011, applicants for building permits that trigger a review by the Public Health – Seattle and King County will have the option of applying directly to the Health Department prior to or concurrent with review by DPD. For those applicants who have not applied directly to Public Health for approval, DPD will continue to route projects for Public Health review until May 16, 2011.
As a way of providing better customer service through our online applications, DPD has made new enhancements to the Permit & Complaint Status tool. Some of the changes include: