The permitting process set forth by the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections is pretty straightforward, but determining which permit or permits you need to apply for, or whether you even need a permit at all, can sometimes be tricky. Here is a comprehensive overview of the permit application process in Seattle to help guide you along the way.
Step 1: Plan your Project
Before applying for any permits, it is important that you plan out the entire scope of your project so that you know exactly what it entails and the steps you will have to take to complete it. You should then research which permits are necessary for each part of the project, so you won’t be caught off-guard. Once your research is complete and you know which permit or permits you need, you may begin the application process.
Step 2: Apply for the Permit(s)
The first part of the application process is submission of your preliminary application materials. This includes the application itself, as well as a site plan and a pre-application site visit request form. The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections requires site plans to include any pertinent drawings, blueprints or specs that are involved with the project. Once you have completed your preliminary application materials, you may submit them for approval online.
Once you have completed all preliminary application steps, you will need to schedule an intake appointment, either online or in-person. Once the preliminary screening of your project is approved, the intake appointment is necessary to finalize any details and make sure that you have submitted all necessary materials for your plan.
After your permit application has been submitted and you have had your intake appointment, your plans will be reviewed. If any errors are present, you will be asked to correct them.
Step 3: Obtain the Permit(s)
When all materials have been reviewed and approved, you will need to pay the accompanying fee for the type of permit you need, and you will receive your approved plans and permit. You may then begin construction on your project.
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