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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: The Seattle Building Code (SBC) requires permits for temporary structures like tents, reviewing stands, temporary office trailers, scaffolding structures, construction buildings, and similar portable or collapsible structures. Temporary structure permits must meet code requirements for fire, life safety, and structural elements (SBC Section 106.10). Haunted houses and many other events also require a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) permit. For details, see Tip 120, Getting a Certificate of Occupancy. In addition, a temporary use permit may be required for temporary structures or events. If planning on using a temporary structure for more than four weeks, read Tip 206, Temporary Use Permits in Seattle.

Date Revised: 07/13/2020

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