Code Compliance

What Is It?

SDCI's Code Compliance division enforces community standards in all neighborhoods. We ensure that all rental housing is registered, code-compliant and that landlords follow tenant protection regulations for renters who make up more than half of Seattle's residents.

In 2019, we had over 30,000 complaint line contacts. Complaints included tenant issues like emergency relocation, deposit return, and unlawful evictions as well as housing standards, land use violations, construction without permits, vacant and unfit buildings, noise, junk storage, shoreline, tree-cutting, and weed overgrowth.  

The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) program is entering its second round of registering rental properties while continuing to require random compliance inspections. All landlords must register and certify compliance with the housing code. During the first 5 years of the program 31,881 units registered.  

The newly created Renting in Seattle initiative provides a designated website and helpline number for anyone needing to access information and resources about renting in the City.  The resource serves as a one-stop shop making City services more accessible to both tenants and housing providers. The Renting in Seattle website lets us:

  • Directly engage the community we serve
  • Promote the program and distribute new materials
  • Present SDCI's and the City's rental resources cohesively   

Who We Are

We currently have 50 employees (with about 20 inspection staff). Staff includes our housing/zoning technician who take in complaints and perform property research, administrative support staff, case managers who work with building, electrical, and mechanical violators and the inspectors, the property owner and tenant assistance group, and a legal liaison.