Coordinate with Utilities Before Starting Your Demolition Project

If you are planning a demolition project, you need to coordinate with all utilities providing service to the property. All utilities must be shut off before you start any actual demolition. Shutting off the utilities before demolition helps prevent accident and injury to you, your contractors, or the inspectors. This is particularly important for natural gas, because demolition before a service is capped could lead to a natural gas leak or an explosion.

Contact the Utilities:
You need to coordinate with any private utilities and with:

  • Seattle Public Utilities, (206) 684-3000
  • Seattle City Light, (206) 684-3000
  • Seattle Dept. of Transportation, (206) 684-5283
  • Puget Sound Energy, 1-888-321-7779

 

You can find more information about demolition rules in Tip 337, Demolition and Deconstruction, or on the demolition permit webpage.

Call Before You Dig:
Calling 811, two business days before you begin digging, will alert utilities to come out and mark their buried lines from the street to your house for free!

Calling before you dig ensures that any publicly owned underground lines will be marked, so that you can dig around them safely. Having the utility lines marked not only prevents accidental damage to the lines, but prevents property damage and personal injuries that could result in a breaking line. Also, it’s the law and it’s free! Please visit callbeforeyoudig.org or call 1-800-424-5555 (or 811) for additional information.

Be aware many* buried utility lines under your property belong to you. Locating buried utility lines that you own must be performed by a private company. Learn more about what’s under your lawn. You may want to hire a private buried line locator to find utilities that you own.

*If you’re not sure ask your local utility providers.

New Greenwood/Phinney park project update and community review

Seattle Parks and Recreation presents schematic design and acquires demolition permit

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to review the design for the new Greenwood/Phinney park on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.). Please join SPR’s staff and Cascade Design Collaborative designer team from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about the project and provide feedback on the design.

The design elements include natural play elements, an open lawn, a gathering/ plaza space with seating, a loop path, and planted areas. The project also includes low-impact design strategies featuring amended soils, porous concrete, and increased infiltration created by the new open space. Street improvements as well as a raised crosswalk connecting the Greenwood branch library to the park are proposed and will provide better community connections. All of these elements were identified by the community during the design phase of this project. Families, neighbors, and the Phinney/Greenwood community are encouraged to attend this upcoming meeting.

SPR purchased two property sites between N 81st and N 82nd on the east side of Greenwood to develop a park (the mini-mart site purchased in Nov. 2012 and the pub property immediately north, which was purchased in July 2015). The two buildings will be demolished in mid to late March. SPR anticipates demolition to be complete by the end of May 2017.

The Seattle Park District funds the development of the south parcel to provide the Greenwood/Phinney urban area access to open space. Design and public input will be completed for both the north and south parcels to create a seamless design. Current budget estimates allow us to get the loop pathway and plantings into both parcels, however, not all features can be accommodated in this phase.

The Seattle Park District provided the funding to develop 14 SPR-owned sites around Seattle. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

If you need an interpreter or accommodations for this meeting, please contact Katie Bang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-9286 or Katie.bang@seattle.gov.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/greenwood_phinney_uv/.

 

 

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Rat Eradication Required for Demolition Projects

On January 1, 2017, the updated Seattle Building Code takes effect. The updated code requires all applicants to complete a rat eradication program as a condition to getting a demolition permit. Only projects that apply under the 2015 Seattle Building Code will be subject to this new requirement.

The rat eradication program must be in place on the project site at least 15 days prior to the start of any demolition or any clearing or grading on the site. Applicants must provide proof to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections that a licensed pest control agent successfully completed the eradication. You can find licensed pest control operators at the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s website. (Search for commercial applicators with a CA endorsement of PCO General within King County.)

We are updating our demolition permit process and accompanying forms. During this transition, applicants can submit a letter from a certified pest control agent that includes the planned eradication method and a statement that they will continue eradication until the demolition begins.

For more information, contact:

Jill Vanneman
(206) 733-9062
jill.vanneman@seattle.gov

New Rat Eradication Rules for Demolition Projects

On January 1, 2017 the updated Seattle Building Code takes effect. The updated code requires all applicants to complete a rat eradication program as a condition to getting a demolition permit. The rat eradication program must be in place on the project site at least 15 days prior to the start of any demolition or any clearing or grading on the site. Applicants must provide proof to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections that the eradication was successfully completed by a licensed pest control agent.

We will have an updated demolition permit process, and accompanying forms, available in early January.

For more information, contact:

Jill Vanneman
(206) 733-9062
jill.vanneman@seattle.gov

Coordinate with Utilities Before Starting Your Demolition Project

If you are planning a demolition project, you need to coordinate with all utilities providing service to the property. All utilities must be shut off before you start any actual demolition. Shutting off the utilities before demolition helps prevent accident and injury to you, your contractors, or the inspectors. This is particularly important for natural gas, because demolition before a service is capped could lead to a natural gas leak or an explosion.

Contact the Utilities:

You need to coordinate with any private utilities and with:

  • Seattle Public Utilities, (206) 684-3000
  • Seattle City Light, (206) 684-3000
  • Seattle Dept. of Transportation, (206) 684-5283
  • Puget Sound Energy, 1-888-321-7779

 

Call Before You Dig:

Calling before you dig ensures that any publicly owned underground lines will be marked, so that you can dig around them safely. Having the utility lines marked not only prevents accidental damage to the lines, but prevents property damage and personal injuries that could result in a breaking line. Also, it’s the law and it’s free! Please visit callbeforeyoudig.org or call 1-800-424-5555 (or 811) for additional information.

You can find more information about demolition rules in Tip 337, Demolition and Deconstruction, or on the demolition permit webpage.