November Permit Turnaround Times

Seattle DCI is committed to providing good customer service to its applicants. The permit turnaround data is updated monthly online and can be viewed at (go to “Turnaround / Approval Times 2015”).

Type of Permit Goal Nov. 2015 Performance
Simple Building IP* 80% in 48 Hours 97.02%
Medium Construction IP 80% in 2 Weeks 23.70% (49.40% in 3 wks)
Complex Construction IP 80% in 8 Weeks 64.36%
Construction Issuance 90% in 120 Days 92.93%
Master Use Permit Decisions 80% in 120 Days 67.27%

*IP: Initial Plan Review by Seattle DCI staff

Encouraging Backyard Cottages

At the Office of Planning and Community Development, we are continuing our work with City Council to explore land use code changes that could encourage greater production of backyard cottages (also known as detached accessory dwelling units or DADUs). Expanding construction of backyard cottages could provide thousands of new housing units throughout Seattle and give homeowners an opportunity to earn stable, extra income that can help them remain in their neighborhoods.

In 2014, the City Council adopted Resolution 31547 directing us to explore changes that would increase the number of accessory dwelling units in Seattle. Since then, we have spoken with homeowners who have built backyard cottages to learn about their experience. We’ve also heard from many people who are eager, but unable, to build a cottage due to restrictions in the land use code. In December 2015, we hosted a Lunch & Learn event at City Council to hear from four homeowners who have built backyard cottages. If you missed it, check out the presentation or watch the archived video of the meeting on the Seattle Channel.

We are considering a range of changes that would make it easier to build a backyard cottage or allow them on more lots. Now we want to hear from you. Join us and Councilmember Mike O’Brien at two public meetings in early 2016 to learn more and discuss policy options for encouraging more backyard cottages. Please note that we have rescheduled the second meeting.

January 19, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

February 3, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (New Date)
Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N

For more information, visit our project website or contact:

Nick Welch
(206) 684-8203

What’s Happening to the Public Feedback on the Seattle 2035 Draft Plan?

For the past month, City staff have been sorting and organizing feedback we received about the Seattle 2035 Draft Plan. During the five-month comment period, people had many options to share their thoughts. Online options included email, website comment box, Facebook, Twitter, and Consider IT online community conversation and survey. The 430 attendees at open houses in October and November completed surveys, recorded comments on easel pads or sticky notes, or used one of our iPads to log comments online. All that input is being gathered and organized in a single database.

While staff is reviewing all of that input, you can see what others have said about the Draft Plan on our website ( Documents recently posted include a printout of 600+ verbatim comments in the database, a packet of letters received from 41 stakeholder organizations, and results of the survey on the 10 key proposals. Although closed to new comments, the Consider IT online community conversation is archived and still available for viewing. A Community Engagement Progress Report summarizing all the activities and feedback for 2015 will be coming later this month. Look for the release of the Mayor’s Plan and the Final Environmental Impact Statement, and Final Equity Analysis in March or April of 2016.

For more information about Seattle 2035, contact:

Patrice Carroll
Office of Planning and Community Development
(206) 684-0946

December Publication Updates




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