Seattle Home Fair

Save the Date for the October 2023 Home Fair

Once again, SDCI is hosting our popular Seattle Home Fair. We’ve moved our Home Fairs from winter to fall! We wanted to be able to answer your questions in time for you to apply for, and receive, that construction permit for your planned spring/summer renovation project.

We’re holding six virtual lectures on October 14, 2023 (see below). Recordings of these virtual lectures will be available on our website a few weeks after the Home Fair. RSVPs are encouraged.

There’s also an in-person event at the Filipino Community Center on October 21, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. SDCI staff will be available to answer your questions. Additionally, there will be 3 presentations to attend at the in-person event:

  • Learn about ADUs and DADUs
  • An Overview of Seattle’s Tree Regulations
  • Renting in Seattle Q&A

Remember to show up early! Space will be limited.

The Home Fair is free and will be jam-packed with useful information about rental housing rules, our permitting and inspection process, emergency preparedness, and much more. Get a jump-start on your home improvement project. Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter, or potential homeowner, the Home Fair virtual lectures or the in-person event will have something for you.

October 14, 2023 Lectures:

  • New Tree Protection Code Information and Tree Regulations Virtual Presentation
    SDCI staff will present an overview of Seattle’s tree regulations, including an update on what’s changed since the new rules became effective on July 30. This session will focus on information most useful for homeowners and tree service providers.
    9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Renting in Seattle Virtual Presentation
    Whether you are a renter or a housing provider, there is a lot to know. Renting in Seattle provides information and resources on rental regulations and fair housing laws in the City of Seattle as well as tips and best practices.
    9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Building Codes, Electrical Codes, and Inspections Virtual Presentation
    Together these protect your home from a wide range of hazards – whether it is by implementing safe wiring, fire prevention, or stronger structural integrity. When a community has up-to-date building and electrical codes in place, they are more protected against these hazards, and increase the value of your investment.
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Earthquake Home Retrofits Virtual Presentation
    This will be an introduction to the new prescriptive plan set and a discussion about what it means to construct a seismic retrofit to an existing home.
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Landslides Virtual Presentation
    Learn everything you need to know to help prevent landslides on your property, including tips for managing vegetation. This helpful session will open with a presentation providing information about landslide prevention, including a handy overview of the top dos and don’ts. We will spend the rest of this session answering your questions about how to help prevent landslides on your property.
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Tips and Tricks Regarding the Seattle Services Portal Virtual Presentation
    Learn how to submit your application, submit a trade permit, check that status and more.
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

February/March 2023 Home Fair Material


Earthquake Home Retrofits

Onsite Stormwater Management

Construction Inspections Information

Renting in Seattle

New Tree Protection Code Information and Tree Regulations

Construction and Inspections

Nathan Torgelson, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019
Phone: (206) 684-8600
Phone Alt: Violation Complaint Line: (206) 615-0808
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SDCI issues land use, construction, and trade permits, conducts construction and housing-related inspections, ensures compliance with our codes, and regulates rental rules. SDCI is committed to an antiracist workplace and to addressing racism through our work in the community.