Resolving Code and Permit Disputes
Development Review Policy
For more information on Seattle’s development regulations and how we’re responding to review issues, read the full policy statement (pdf).
Level 1 – Contact a Supervisor
How long will it take?
A supervisor will give you a verbal answer, usually within a day. Email is preferred and often results in a quicker response. The answer may take longer if the dispute involves complex code or legal issues. We will let you know as soon as possible that the issue is being referred for additional input.
Who should I contact?
Plan Review Supervisor
- Preliminary Assessment requirements
- Design Guidance
- Engineering Standards
- Street Improvement or Utility Permits
- Resolution of plan review comments for street improvement or utility permits
- Review times and process disagreements
- Water Availability
- Timelines or process
- Hydrant flow tests
- Water main extension projects
- System improvement requirements
- Water crew coordination
- Cost or invoicing issues
Plan Review Supervisor
- Stormwater Code requirements
- Construction Dewatering
- Approval process
- SPU system capacity
- Side sewer issues referred to SPU by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD)
- Buildovers (approval to build over SPU infrastructure)
Construction Management Supervisor
- Inspection of water main extension projects
For other inspection issues in street right of way, contact your assigned Street Use Inspector found on your permit, or call the Street Use Counter (206) 684-5283.
For side sewer permitting or construction issues, call the DPD Side Sewer & Drainage Counter at (206) 684-5362.
Level 2 – Contact the Plan Review Manager
If you disagree with the supervisor’s decision in Level 1, you must write a letter to:
- Mike Brennan
Plan Review Manager
Seattle Public Utilities
700 Fifth Ave., Suite 4900
PO Box 34018
Seattle, WA 98124-4018
The manager will:
- send you a written response, usually within two weeks of the request, unless additional, time-consuming research, analysis or discussion is required;
- let you know within a week of your request, if extra work will be needed;
- involve the assigned staff and supervisor to gain full understanding of the situation and inform them of the final resolution.
Level 3 - Contact the Director
If you still feel that the prior decisions and explanations do not resolve the dispute, feel free to contact our Director of the Project Support Division:
- Henry Chen