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SDCI Closures, Service Updates, and Inspection Requirements

SDCI customer service areas remain closed until further notice and continue offering services online. King County has approval from the State Department of Health to allow all private construction activities that are low-risk and adhere to strict COVID 19 Job site Requirements. The City of Seattle has issued requirements for construction projects seeking inspections. The City WILL NOT INSPECT any site that does not follow these requirements.


Summary: A legal building site is a lot that qualifies for separate development. To qualify, the lot must have been legally separated from neighboring properties, and can’t be needed to meet code standards for a development on a neighboring lot. Since 1972, the City of Seattle has required a formal platting action, such as a short subdivision, to legally separate properties. Prior to that, property owners could create separate lots as a result of separate deeds or site descriptions on building permits.

Date Revised: 03/28/2017

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