Comment on a Project

Who Can Comment

Anyone! We recognize that people have unique knowledge about the areas in which they live and work. The purpose of collecting comments is to help us understand your concerns and interests pertaining to a specific project, identify potential impacts and find solutions within the scope of review as established by the Land Use Code.

How to Effectively Comment

Certain types of development proposals include an opportunity for the public to comment on the permit application. In our review of the permit application, we consider comments that are within the scope of our review and relate to applicable City codes and design guidelines.

To submit an effective comment:

  • Review the project file and plans
  • Explain your interest in the project
  • Provide additional site or context information that you think is important
  • State your concerns for aspects of the proposal

To make your comments more effective, reference the applicable criteria, policies or guidelines relevant to each specific type of application.

A development proposal may include one or more applications as part of its Master Use Permit. Common types of applications, which provide opportunity for public comment,  include:

  • Design Review. Proposals that include full, administrative or streamlined Design Review are subject to the City's adopted Design Guidelines. The citywide Design Guidelines always apply, but there may be additional neighborhood-specific design guidelines that also apply to a proposal based on its location. Reference specific Design Guidelines in your comments. For instance, if you are concerned about how a design fits within the context of the existing neighborhood, refer to Design Guideline CS2, Urban Pattern and Form.
  • State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Proposals that include SEPA environmental review are subject to the policies outlined in the SEPA Code. Reference specific SEPA policies in your comments. For instance, if you are concerned about shadow impacts on a public park, refer to the SEPA Shadows on Open Space policy. 
  • Environmentally Critical Area (ECA). Proposals that include an ECA component, such as an ECA variance or exception, are subject to criteria outlined in the ECA Code. Reference specific criteria in your comments. For instance, if you are concerned about the amount of disturbance within a Steep Slope Erosion Hazard ECA, refer the specific Steep Slope Erosion Hazard Area Variance criteria for intrusion into the ECA.  
  • Administrative Conditional Use. Proposals that include administrative conditional use review are subject to criteria outlined in the Land Use Code. The code includes general provisions as well as zone-specific criteria that are applicable based on the zoning designation. Reference specific criteria in your comments. For instance, if you are concerned about lighting impacts associated with a private school in a single-family zone, refer to the Light and Glare criterion.   
  • Rezone. Proposals that include a rezone are subject to criteria outlined in the Land Use Code, specifically in the rezone section. The code includes general rezone criteria provisions as well as zone-specific criteria that are applicable based on the proposed zoning designation or increased height limit. Reference specific criteria in your comments.
  • Variance. Proposals that include a variance are subject to criteria outlined in the Land Use Code, specifically in the variance section. Reference specific criteria in your comments.   
  • Shoreline. Proposals that require a shoreline permit are subject to criteria outlined in the Land Use Code, specifically the Shoreline Master Program. Reference specific criteria in your comments.   
  • Short Plat or Subdivision. Proposals that include a short plat or subdivision are subject to criteria outlined in the Land Use Code, specifically the platting requirements. Reference specific criteria in your comments.

How to Submit a Comment

You can comment on a project during the public comment period. We publish the comment period in our Land Use Information Bulletin and on the notice of proposed land use action posted on the project site. Certain types of applications include an opportunity for providing comment at a public meeting or hearing. For example, if a project is subject to full Design Review, you can also provide comments in person at a public Design Review Board meeting.

Your comments must be submitted in writing to the Public Resource Center either by email to prc@seattle.gov (preferred method) or by mail to:

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019 Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Please include the record number and project address with your comment. If you would like to receive future notices about the application, include this request in your comment letter and provide an address for future notices. We will post all comments, in their entirety, in the Seattle Services Portal.

If you need more than the standard 14-day comment period to prepare your comment, you can ask for a 14-day extension. The comment period for shoreline projects is 30 days, with no extensions allowed. Your extension request must be submitted in writing during the original comment period. We may consider comments submitted after the comment period, if we receive them prior to the completion of our review and publication of a decision.

During the comment period, you can request a formal interpretation of any development regulation in our Land Use or Environmentally Critical Area codes. Following publication of a Master Use Permit decision, you can also appeal the decision to the Office of the Hearing Examiner or the State Shorelines Hearings Board. The notice of application or notice of decision includes more information on how to request a Code interpretation or file an appeal.