Our Housing and Building Maintenance Code applies to all buildings in the City of Seattle. It contains minimum standards for structural integrity, heat, ventilation, electrical equipment, fire safety including exit requirements, and security for housing units. Our code also contains duties of owners and tenants, the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance, and standards for vacant building maintenance.
Our ordinance requires that you:
This ordinance does not cover:
Read the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) section on housing and building maintenance, SMC 22.200 - 22.208.
City Council recently amended the Housing and Building Maintenance Code to bring references and requirements in line with current building codes and changes in state law, such as the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms. We are implementing these changes alongside changes to the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance. Our experience with the RRIO program highlighted Housing and Building Maintenance Code provisions that are out of date or ineffective to achieve the goal of safe and healthy housing. See our RRIO & Housing Code Update page for more information.