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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 purpose of this Tip is to provide graphic examples of grading and retaining wall construction activities located in close proximity to property lines and/or the public place (right-of-way). Refer to the exhibits on pages 4-11 for these examples. Some of these construction activities may require a permit issued by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). All grading and construction activities must comply with the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC), Seattle Building Code (SBC), and other applicable codes, even when no permit or approval is required. It is important to note that this CAM should not serve as a substitute for codes and regulations; you should consult DPD staff before beginning construction.

Date Revised: 12/07/2005

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