Everyday I am reminded about the importance of our work in the community. 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 in our city navigate our increasingly complex regulatory process is so important.
I appreciate your patience as we continue to experience the biggest boom in the City’s building history. For the second year in a row we have 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. In late 2017 we will 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 compliant, we have created a new What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood webpage to help you better navigate our web presence.
We continue to work in partnership with the City’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD), the Office of Housing, the Department of Neighborhoods and many other departments on implementing the Housing Affordability and Livability agenda (HALA) to ensure that everyone can have a home in Seattle. Our housing production goal for the next 10 years remains our guide: 50,000 new housing units, 20,000 of which are affordable. SDCI staff have implemented 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. We expect the Council to soon adopt new regulations concerning vacant buildings, and we have just forwarded to Council new legislation concerning the City’s Design Review process.
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 2016 Annual Report covers our permitting activity, code compliance work, and department highlights.