Priority Green Expedited

What Is It?

Our Priority Green Expedited program shortens the time it takes you to get a new construction permit in exchange for meeting a green building rating. The program sets high but achievable thresholds for energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and indoor air quality. 

We give you:

  • A single point of contact
  • Priority in scheduling your intake appointment
  • Faster initial review of your plans
  • Faster processing of your permit

Helpful Information

You should:

  • Use an integrated design process to identify opportunities and avoid project pitfalls. You should engage all key project team members for making cost-effective and environmentally-effective integrated decisions throughout the design and construction process
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Eligibility

Your project must enroll or register with one of the following organizations and certification levels:

And

  • Achieve our Priority Green requirements:
    • Do not provide fossil fuel-fired equipment or appliances, including but not limited to residential cooking appliances, clothes dryers, decorative or space heating fireplaces, indoor fire tables, outdoor radiant heaters, space heating appliances and service water heating appliances, except as follows. Fossil fuels are permitted to be used for emergency and standby power generators, cooking appliances in commercial kitchens, outdoor barbecues, and outdoor fireplaces, fire tables or fire pits.
    • Meet site development requirements to reduce exposure to lead dust-see Director's Rule 4-2021 for details
    • Reduce energy demand and carbon emissions beyond energy code provisions- See Draft Priority Green Application
    • Provide Environmental Product Declarations for concrete and steel- See Draft Priority Green Application
    • Use Low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) interior paints, adhesives, caulk, floor finishes, and sealant in interior spaces
    • Use No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF) in interior spaces (California Air Resources Board II standard for Formaldehyde emissions is acceptable)
    • Have 2,200 square feet or less of gross conditioned floor area per dwelling unit (exception: up to 3,000 square feet of conditioned gross floor area if Built Green 5-Star (or equivalent) and additional material requirements are met)
    • Provide notes and/or details on your permit plan set to demonstrate Priority Green Requirements
    • During construction the verifier, rater or consultant must provide a field report and final report- See Draft Priority Green Application
    • If a Master Use Permit is required (not including Streamlined Design Review), your application must be submitted at least 6 weeks before construction intake, or anticipated construction intake, to allow initial review of land use application prior to construction review

How Much Does It Cost?

We don't require additional permit fees if your project is eligible for Priority Green. 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?

Recent data shows applications are issued on average about 45 days ahead of other comparable applications. However, the time it takes to get your permit depends on:

  • The complexity of your project
  • How many corrections you need to make to your plans
  • How quickly and completely you respond to plan review comments

The expedited process leads to shorter initial review and faster routing and permit processing times. The single point of contact can also reduce permit times. 

On complex projects, we try to finish our initial review of construction permits in 8 weeks, but for Priority Green projects we shorten your review by:

Steps to Get Your Permit

Find out if you're eligible. To confirm your project is eligible for Priority Green Expedited, and for questions, email us at sciprioritygreen@seattle.gov.

Submit Priority Green application materials. Send your application materials by email to sciprioritygreen@seattle.gov at least 2 weeks before your intake appointment. We'll review your materials and notify you within 2 weeks to confirm your eligibility or to request further information. 

Schedule an intake appointment. Schedule an electronic intake appointment through the Seattle Services Portal. Allow at least 2 weeks between when you submit your Priority Green application materials and your intake appointment.

Initial plan review. During plan review, call (206) 684-7744 or email sciprioritygreen@seattle.gov ― your single point of contact to facilitate resolution of issues during plan review.