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Resolving Code and Permit Disputes


Level 1 – Contact a Supervisor

How long will it take?

A supervisor will give you a verbal answer, usually within a day. Email is preferred and often results in a quicker response. The answer may take longer if the dispute involves complex code or legal issues. We will let you know as soon as possible that the issue is being referred for additional input.

Who should I contact?

Paul Kimani
Plan Review Manager
(206) 684-4602

Responsible for:

  • Preliminary Assessment requirements
  • Design Guidance
  • Engineering Standards
  • Street Improvement or Utility Permits
    • Resolution of plan review comments for street improvement or utility permits
    • Review times and process disagreements
  • Water Availability
    • Timelines or process
    • Appeals
  • Hydrant flow tests
  • Water main extension projects
    • System improvement requirements
    • Water crew coordination
    • Cost or invoicing issues

Hari Ponnekanti
Plan Review Manager
(206) 684-5919

Responsible for:

  • Stormwater Code requirements
  • Construction Dewatering
    • Approval process
    • SPU system capacity
  • Side sewer issues referred to SPU by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD)
  • Buildovers (approval to build over SPU infrastructure)

Stephen Friend
Strategic Advisor
Seattle Public Utilities
(206) 423-2610

Responsible for:

  • Inspection of water main extension projects

For other inspection issues in street right of way, contact your assigned Street Use Inspector found on your permit, or call the Street Use Counter (206) 684-5283.

For side sewer permitting or construction issues, call the DPD Side Sewer & Drainage Counter at (206) 684-5362.

Level 2 – Contact the Plan Review Manager

If you disagree with the supervisor’s decision in Level 1, you must write a letter to:

  • Hari Ponnekanti
    Plan Review Manager
    Seattle Public Utilities
    PO Box 34018, Suite 4700
    Seattle, WA 98124

The manager will:

  • send you a written response, usually within two weeks of the request, unless additional, time-consuming research, analysis or discussion is required;
  • let you know within a week of your request, if extra work will be needed;
  • involve the assigned staff and supervisor to gain full understanding of the situation and inform them of the final resolution.

Level 3 - Contact the Director

If you still feel that the prior decisions and explanations do not resolve the dispute, feel free to contact our Director of the Project Support Division: