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.
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
The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) develops, administers, and enforces standards for land use, design, construction, and housing within the city limits. DPD is also responsible for long-range planning in Seattle.
The department develops policies and codes related to environmental protection, development, housing and community standards, including:
- Seattle Land Use Code
- State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
- Seattle Shoreline Master Plan
- Environmental Critical Areas Ordinance (ECA)
- Seattle Building Code
- Seattle Mechanical Code
- Seattle Energy Code
- Stormwater, Grading and Drainage Control Ordinance
- Housing and Bulding Maintenance Code
- Seattle Noise Ordinance
Each year DPD approves approximately 35,000 land use and construction-related permits and performs approximately 115,000 on-site inspections. The work includes public notice and involvement for Master Use Permits (MUPs); shoreline review; design review; approval of permits for construction, mechanical systems, site development, elevators, electrical installation, boilers, furnaces, refrigeration, signs and billboards; annual inspections of boilers and elevators; home seismic retrofits; and home improvements workshops in the community.
The department also enforces compliance with community standards for housing, zoning, shorelines, tenant relocation assistance, just cause eviction, vacant buildings, and noise, responding to over 5,000 complaints annually.
In June 2002 a number of long-range physical planning functions were added to the department's mission, including the Seattle Planning Commission. DPD is now responsible for monitoring and updating the City's Comprehensive Plan; evaluating regional growth management policy; developing sub-area and functional plans, preparing urban design plans; developing land use policy; and staffing the Seattle Planning Commission and the Seattle Design Commission.
- More than 27,000 permits issued in 2009
- More than 109,000 inspections performed in 2009
- More than 7,500 code violation complaints investigated in 2009
- Total project value of issued permits was more than $2 billion
- Public Disclosure Requests
- "This is DPD" brochure
- Introducing DPD - a brief overview in English, Español,
中文, Tiếng Việt, af Soomaali, Tagalog, and 한국어
- Organization Chart
October 29, 2012