Since DPD started the electronic plan pilot (the DPD Project Portal), we have instructed applicants to a dedicated space for approval stamps, preferably in the lower right hand corner of each plan sheet. Beginning January 5, we will reject all plan sets that do not include this dedicated space.
The rainy season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to think about whether you will be doing any grading between November 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. If Geotechnical Special Inspections were assigned for your project and if your project is in an environmentally critical area or involves a large quantity of earth-moving, check the Geotechnical Special Inspection assignment letter sent to you shortly after permit issuance.
Last month’s snow, ice and wind gave us a timely reminder about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning during winter power outages. Following our 2006 windstorm, 250 people were treated for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in the Puget Sound area and eight died, all from either burning charcoal briquettes inside their homes or from improper use of gasoline-powered generators.
As local economic conditions improve property owners and developers may consider converting apartment rental units into condominiums. There are two important bodies of law that govern these conversions.
On April 22, EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule went into effect. The rule requires contractors performing renovation, repair or painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child-care facilities, and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) staff will be hosting a meeting to discuss changes and clarifications regarding the Draft Side Sewer Code (Seattle Municipal Code 21.16) and Draft Joint DPD/SPU Directors Rule 7 2008/04-08, Requirements for Design and Construction of Side Sewers (Drainage and Wastewater Discharges).