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. As I begin my fifth 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  Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements to ensure that everyone can have a home in Seattle. At SDCI we make sure affordable housing permit applications 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. With Council passage of the revised regulations to promote more development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), we look forward to introducing standard DADU plans later this year to make the permitting process much more efficient. Finally, the Mayor's Affordable Middle-Income Housing Advisory Council and the Mayor's Small Business Advisory Council will soon propose a variety of recommendations for the Mayor's consideration.  We expect that the Mayor will direct SDCI to implement a variety of the recommendations to ensure that all people can have more housing options in Seattle and that small businesses can thrive in our city.

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 ½ year-old permit tracking system, Accela. Last year we hired and trained 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 it's  the people who live and work in and use those buildings and land that drive our purpose. We're here to help our customers and the people who live and work in our city navigate our increasingly complex regulatory process. 

Our purpose statement is our commitment to you: Helping people build a safe, livable, and inclusive Seattle.

Our Values are equity, respect, quality, integrity, and service.

Please let us know how we are doing. We welcome and value your input.

Nathan Torgelson, Director
(206) 684-0343

Annual Report

Our 2019 Annual Report covers our permitting activity, code compliance work, and department highlights.