Innovation Advisory Committee

What Is It?

The Innovation Advisory Committee is a group of experts that review energy-efficient proposals not covered in the technical codes. The committee:

  • Considers proposals that may not be approved under current building, residential, energy, mechanical, fuel gas, boiler, and electrical codes
  • Provides guidance on new technology or innovative design before you apply for your building permit application
  • Gives advice on sustainable technologies and new construction techniques
  • Reviews emerging technologies that could be used in multiple future projects or are being proposed for a specific project
  • Reduces the risk of adopting new technology or green building strategies

The Innovation Advisory Committee is a sub-committee of the Construction Codes Advisory Board.

A recommendation from the committee may include:

  • Conditions and limits on use of the technology
  • Requirements for measuring and verifying that the technology works as designed

A favorable recommendation from the Innovation Advisory Committee helps our staff understand your proposal when we review your building permit application. Later, if we do not approve your permit application, the committee’s favorable recommendation will be strongly considered if you ask the Construction Codes Advisory Board to review our decision.

How Much Does It Cost?

We don't require additional permit fees for this process. Fees are based on the value of your project. Use our fee estimator to estimate how much your permit will cost. We will also charge hourly fees for certain reviews; see the Fee Subtitle for details.

How Long Does It Take?

You should allow up to 2 months for the committee review. The amount of time needed will depend on your proposal’s complexity and the information the committee needs to review it.

Steps to Follow

Contact us at (206) 684-8850 to schedule a construction pre-submittal conference before you submit your permit application and before you request committee consideration. The pre-submittal conference will help you simplify your proposal and may even eliminate the need for committee review.