Coming Soon: New Permitting System

The launch date for SDCI’s new permitting technology is fast approaching!

All permitting, licensing, inspections and complaints functions will be converting to the system over the Memorial Day Weekend. We will offer limited services on the Friday before the weekend and the following Tuesday due to the complex nature of our data and the magnitude of the system. Our new integrated system will be up and fully functional on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

In preparation for the change, we are training staff to be proficient in the new technology during the 6 weeks preceding the launch. We will minimize review and processing delays, and we will continue to authorize overtime to help keep up. We anticipate that the new system will be easier to use, improve access to information, and integrate with other City of Seattle customer applications.  However, we expect some temporary decrease in production as we retire the old system and transition to the new.

We’ll provide more detailed information about what services will be impacted as we get closer to the date.

Join Us at the Seattle-King County Resource Day

Are you curious about the new tenant protection rules for renters? Do you have questions about getting a building or electrical permit? Join Seattle DCI on August 27 at the free Seattle-King County Resource Day. We will have rental housing information staff and building and electrical inspectors on site to answer your questions related to building and electrical permits, rental and housing inspections, and tenant rights.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave S.
Seattle, WA

The Seattle-King County Resource Day combines employment, one-on-one coaching, and other financial and community services, offered by King County Housing Authority, Seattle Housing Authority, and WorkSource. This community-wide event features:

  • Hiring employers on site
  • Credit and debt counseling
  • Education and employment resources
  • Financial planning
  • Access to public benefits
  • Credit reports
  • Housing and homeownership counseling
  • Building and electrical permit assistance
  • Rental inspections and tenant rights information
  • Legal assistance on bankruptcy and consumer rights
  • Help with FAFSA applications
  • Veteran services
  • Advice on building a growing a business and access to health care, childcare and transportation


Free backpacks for children to get ready to go back to school, while supplies last.

City Recognized for Rental Registration & Inspection Program

-2016 Award of Distinction for Marketing Effectiveness

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts recently announced the winners of the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards. Out of the 6,000 entries received, the City of Seattle was recognized for outstanding achievement in publicizing Seattle’s new Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO).

Rental housing registration and inspections are now required in Seattle to ensure basic safety standards are met for tenants. There are approximately 148,000 rental units in Seattle; many of which are occupied by limited-English speakers. City staff created an extensive and strategic outreach plan to educate landlords, property managers and tenants.

As a part of this effort, the City’s RRIO staff produced an informative video to help renters understand the inspection process. Our award-winning video explains how to prepare for, and what to expect during, a RRIO inspection. The RRIO Inspection Video is available in English and in the following languages: AmharicChinese / 中文,KhmerKorean / 한국어OromoSomali / af SoomaaliSpanish / EspañolTagalogTirgrinya, and Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt.

For more information about the RRIO program, visit

To find out if a rental property is registered, visit

Reminder: Rental Inspection Process Video Available in Several Languages

Do you rent in Seattle?  The City of Seattle’s Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) program helps ensure safe and healthy housing for all Seattle renters.  Through the RRIO program, we can make sure all rental properties meet minimum maintenance standards.

Under the RRIO rules, residential landlords must register their units every five years and have their units inspected periodically.  Renters do not need to be concerned about RRIO inspections.  The inspectors are trained to focus only on your housing conditions, and will not search your personal items or ask about immigration status or illegal activities.

The City’s RRIO staff has produced an informative video to help renters understand the RRIO inspection process.  Our video explains how to prepare for, and what to expect during, a RRIO inspection.

The RRIO Inspection Video is available in English and in the following languages: AmharicChinese / 中文KhmerKorean / 한국어OromoSomali / af SoomaaliSpanish / EspañolTagalogTirgrinya, and Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt.

Free RainWise Contractor Fair in SE Seattle

Interested in installing a rain garden or cistern? Come to the free RainWise Contractor Fair on April 23. At this event, you will learn about rain gardens and cisterns and how they add value to your yard and protect the environment. The RainWise program offers eligible homeowners a rebate to help cover costs. The average RainWise rebate is $4,500. Check your eligibility at

Event Details

April 23, 2016
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Rainier Community Center (near Columbia City)
4600 38th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
There is plenty of parking and nearby bus lines.

Come to the RainWise Contractor Fair to:

  • Meet contractors who can help you find out what you can do on your property
  • Learn how the rebate works for you
  • Learn about side sewer permit requirements
  • Get information about location restrictions (such as steep slopes) related to rain gardens or cisterns


Seattle DCI will have information tables at this event where you can talk with inspectors about your project. This is a great opportunity for free one-on-one help navigating side sewer connections for your rain garden or cistern project (if needed). We will also have electrical inspectors at the event to answer questions about permitting water pumps and similar systems. Inspectors will also be able to answer permitting questions related to some other home improvement projects.

For more information about RainWise, visit