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Message From the Director

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Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We have a significant amount of information available to the public related to the broad range of services and functions of our department:

  • Long-range, neighborhood-specific planning and community development, and urban design
  • Policy and code development
  • Project and plan review
  • Permit issuance and inspections
  • Enforcement of more than 17 City codes
  • Rental Registration and Inspection program for rental housing
Diane Sugimura, DPD Director

I hope this site will save you a trip downtown, or at the very least, help you focus your questions or area of research in preparation for a meeting with our staff, your client, or your friends and neighbors.

More importantly, I hope our website demonstrates our commitment to making our services accessible and understandable. Our primary goal is to provide you with quality service as we carry out our mission to manage growth and development within Seattle in a way that enhances quality of life.

Our goal is to make as much of the materials available to the public and as accessible as possible; therefore, we are continually adding to and revising the content. If you have comments about current services or improvements you would like to see in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you. We hope you find our website useful.

Diane M. Sugimura, Director

Our Commitment to You

Building a Dynamic and Sustainable Seattle!

We partner with the community to build and preserve a great city – safe and sustainable, diverse and healthy, energizing and supportive.

Core Values
In our work with our customers and colleagues –

  • We help development be safe, sustainable, and of quality design
  • Our regulations and processes are understandable, and appropriate to the achievement of the City’s goals
  • We are responsive, fair, and results-oriented
  • We work with integrity, follow through on commitments, and bring a positive, problem-solving perspective to our work
  • Our work is guided by the principles of Race and Social Justice
  • We work as one department and as one City

Annual Report

Our 2014 Annual Report covers our City Planning successes, permiting activity, and department highlights.

City Council Briefings

Briefing memos to Seattle City Council's Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee:


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