Message From the Director

Nathan Torgelson, SDCI DirectorI am honored to serve as the director of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections under the leadership of Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. Mid way through my fourth 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) and the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements to ensure that everyone can have a home in Seattle. At SDCI we make sure affordable housing projects get top priority. We have also been implementing a variety of tenant protections to make sure that renters in Seattle have a safe place to live. Our Renting in Seattle web portal and (206) 684-5700 phone number is a one-stop resource for renters and landlords. Finally, with Council passage of the revised regulations to promote more development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), Mayor Durkan has challenged SDCI to create a faster permitting path for these housing options, which we are working on.

I appreciate your continued patience as we continue to experience the biggest boom in the City's building history and as we continue to make improvements to our 1-year-old permit tracking system, Accela. We are in the process of hiring 13 term-limited staff in SDCI's land use division to help address the Master Use Permit application backlog. 

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
nathan.torgelson@seattle.gov
(206) 684-0343

Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual Report covers our permitting activity, code compliance work, and department highlights.