I am honored to have been asked by Mayor Jenny A. Durkan to continue as your director of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. As I enter my third year as director, my commitment is to carry out the Mayor’s progressive vision for a more affordable, inclusive, and vibrant Seattle.
We continue to work in partnership with multiple City departments on implementing the Housing Affordability and Livability agenda (HALA) to ensure that everyone can have a home in Seattle.
SDCI staff is implementing new procedures to make sure affordable housing projects get top priority. We are also implementing a variety of tenant protections to make sure that renters in Seattle have a safe place to live, and later this year we will debut our Renting in Seattle web portal, a one-stop resource for renters and landlords. On July 1st new legislation streamlining the City’s Design Review program will go into effect, including a more robust community engagement process.
I appreciate your continued patience as we continue to experience the biggest boom in the City’s building history. For several years in a row we have had more cranes on our skyline than any other city in the United States. While our timelines to get a permit intake appointment may seem daunting, once you upload your plan documents onto our e-portal we are able to schedule an appointment for you much faster. After some delay, 2018 will mark the year we launch Accela, which will replace our current permit tracking system (Hansen) and many of the department’s existing web applications. The system will track all permitting, code compliance, and property management processes.
For our residents in Seattle who want to better understand a proposed project or policy change, or understand how to file a code complaint, please check our What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood webpage to help you better navigate our web presence. A majority of our work involves the construction, inspection, and use of buildings and lands, but at the end of the day it’s about the people who live and work in and use those buildings and land. Helping our customers and the people who live and work in our city navigate our increasingly complex regulatory process is so important.
Our purpose statement is our commitment to you: As stewards and regulators of land and buildings, we preserve and enhance equity, livability, safety, and health of our communities.
Our Values are respect, quality of work, effectiveness, integrity, and service.
Please let us know how we are doing. We welcome and value your input.
Nathan Torgelson, Director
Our 2017 Annual Report covers our permitting activity, code compliance work, and department highlights.