Our Priority Green Expedited program shortens the time it takes you to get a new construction permit.
We give you:
What is Changing?
We are considering whether to require you to enroll your Priority Green project with Built Green, or register with LEED, before you submit your permit. These changes would take place in May 2015.
By requiring you to enroll with Built Green or register with LEED we will:
We want to hear your comments about these changes. Please attend our open house on Monday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 1610. If you can't make it, please take our survey or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Comments on Priority Green Expedited.
Your project must:
Built Green or LEED for Homes Verification: For small residential projects, you must hire an approved Built Green or LEED for Homes verifier to help you develop your green building strategies and to complete a project checklist. The independent verifier will authenticate all the information on the checklists by conducting inspections and tests during construction, and submitting documentation to certify your project.
LEED Verification: For larger residential or commercial projects you will need to hire a LEED consultant and / or a consultant to perform energy modeling to help you develop your green building strategies and complete a project checklist. Once your construction is complete, the verifier or consultant must send us documentation confirming your project will be certified.
DPD Alternative Path: DPD Alternative Path provides an option for applicants who choose not to seek a Built Green or LEED for Homes certification. These projects do not require an independent verifier, they are inspected by our Green Building staff. DPD Alternative Path is only available for residential projects subject to the Residential Provisions in the Seattle Energy Code. You can use the Passive House standards for energy use, if all your other project requirements meet Alternative Path prerequisites.
We don't require additional permit fees if your project is eligible for Priority Green. Fees are based on the value of your project. Use our fee estimator to estimate how much your permit will cost. We will also charge hourly fees for certain reviews; see the Fee Subtitle for details.
We try to finish our initial review of construction permits in 8 weeks, but for Priority Green projects we shorten your review by:
Find out if you're eligible.To confirm your project is eligible for Priority Green Expedited, and for questions, email us at email@example.com.
Submit Priority Green application materials. Send your application materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks before your intake appointment. We'll review your materials and notify you within 2 weeks to confirm your eligibility or to request further information. Below is a list of the application materials you will need.
Schedule your intake appointment. Call (206) 684-8850 to schedule an intake appointment at the Applicant Service Center, or schedule an electronic plan intake appointment online. Contact email@example.com to be rescheduled into a priority appointment. Allow 2 weeks between when you submit your Priority Green application materials and your intake appointment.
Initial plan review. During plan review, call (206) 684-7744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ― your single point of contact to facilitate resolution of issues during plan review.
Schedule your Built Green or LEED for Homes Inspection: Your Built Green or LEED verifier must inspect the project during construction. Prior to your final DPD inspection:
Schedule your DPD Alternative Path Inspection: DPD green building staff must inspect the project during construction. Contact us at email@example.com to schedule an inspection (prior to DPD's final inspection) so we can verify the Alternative Path requirements are built and installed per approved plans. Please give us several days to schedule and respond to this request.
Schedule your DPD Final Inspection: You can schedule a DPD inspection after you've completed your Built Green, LEED, or DPD Alternative Path Inspection. See the construction inspections page for when to call us and how to schedule your inspection.