Do I Need a Permit?
Projects in Seattle that involve new or changed uses of property, construction or alteration of a building -- even if you can't see the alterations from the outside -- usually require a permit.
The permitting process is different for each type of permit, but the following steps in the General Permitting Process usually apply to each permit.
Applicant Services Center (ASC)
Come in to the ASC and meet with a DPD staff member to make sure you have everything you need for a successful application.
DPD offers a suite of green building permit incentives for applicants pursuing sustainable building projects. Our green permitting options support Seattle’s leadership role in climate change initiatives and efforts to make sustainable design standard practice.
Green Building Information
Whether you’re working on a simple home remodel, an apartment building or office tower retrofit, or a neighborhood pocket park, green building can add value to your project.
Applications submitted to DPD require supporting documentation. To help streamline your application process, we provide online versions of DPD forms.
Mapping Tools and Online Services
DPD provides centralized access to Seattle maps, including zoning and parcel information, aerial photographics, city landmarks, environmental designations, special overlay districts.