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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: In some cases SDCI may allow new accessory structures or additions to existing principal structures, fences, rockeries, or utility lines to intrude into an ECA or buffers if they qualify as a “small project waiver” under SMC Section 25.09.055 for projects within the Shoreline District and subsections 25.09.090.D, 25.09.160.G and 25.09.200.A.4 for projects outside the Shoreline District). What type of development is allowed by a small project waiver varies by the type of ECA for areas outside the shoreline district. This Tip explains project eligibility, what mitigation will be required, and the submittal requirements for a small project waiver.

Date Revised: 08/12/2019

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