The 2016 Stormwater Code becomes effective January 1, 2016!
DPD is hosting a series of training sessions to help prepare designers and builders for the 2016 Stormwater Code. The new Stormwater Code and Manual, along with a host of supporting documents, are now available on the Stormwater Code and Manual project documents page.
For information on technical changes, policy changes and how the new code will affect your project, please visit the Stormwater Code website.
Evan Chinn recently joined the Department of Planning and Development as the new Department Administration Division Director, replacing Felecia Caldwell who is the new Workforce Equity Director at the Seattle Department of Human Resources.
For the past six years, Chinn has served as the Human Resources Director for the Seattle Department of Transportation. He has extensive experience with all aspects of Human Resources including the latest hiring practices, workforce planning, coaching, progressive discipline, labor relations and workforce equity. He is a problem solver who thrives on collaborative partnership. Chinn supported SDOT’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Change Team as the team’s Executive Sponsor for the past three years. In addition to leading DPD’s HR group, he will oversee and work closely with DPD’s Information Technology (IT) and Finance groups. Chinn says “I’m excited to support DPD during this time of booming construction and incredible growth for the city I love and am proud to call my home.”
Chinn earned his law degree and undergraduate Spanish degree from the University of Washington. He has also been certified as an EEO Investigator and a Mediator.
Attention Mechanical Permit Applicants: Starting January 1, 2016, you must apply for mechanical plan review permits online using DPD’s Project Portal. Paper applications will no longer be accepted. If you haven’t done so already, please create a Project Portal account. There are resources online to help you navigate the process and staff are available for questions in-person in the Applicant Service Center. This is the first step towards moving the permitting process online. Watch our website for additional information regarding this change.
DPD is committed to providing good customer service to its applicants. The permit turnaround data is updated monthly online and can be viewed at www.seattle.gov/dpd/toolsresources/ (go to “Turnaround / Approval Times 2015”).
|Type of Permit
||October 2015 Performance
|Simple Building IP*
||80% in 48 Hours
|Medium Construction IP
||80% in 2 Weeks
|Complex Construction IP
||80% in 8 Weeks
||90% in 120 Days
|Master Use Permit Decisions
||80% in 120 Days
*IP: Initial Plan Review by DPD staff
Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2016. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement.
Applications are available at our Building Connections Blog. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2015. Please spread the word to those who may be interested.
For more information, contact: