After your permit application is accepted, DPD begins a standard plan review process for projects that are not deemed Subject-to-Field-Inspection (STFI).
If zoning exceptions, change of use, or compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) are involved, public notice requirements may apply and/or DPD may have to schedule public hearings. Public comment periods and appeals can affect the time required for issuance of a Master Use Permit.
DPD reviewers check plans for compliance with code requirements for the following components:
- Land use
- Structural design
- Fire safety
- Life safety
- Elevator design
- Mechanical systems
- Energy design
At the same time, DPD routes a set of your plans to other departments for review. These may include:
- Fire Department (for fire and life safety)
- Seattle Public Utilities (for assessing impact on water system)
- Health Department (for compliance with Health Code and Plumbing Code)
- Dept. of Neighborhoods (for projects involving Historic District or Landmark Designation)
- Seattle City Light
Some of these departments may charge and collect an additional fee for review. At any stage, either DPD or another department may require you to correct or alter your plans. For more on correcting your plans, please see How to Respond to a DPD Correction Notice.
Check our Frequently Asked Questions website.