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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 Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Director’s Rule 7-83, “Determining the Existence of a Dwelling Unit for the Purpose of Code Enforcement,” sets out a variety of important factors for determining whether a dwelling unit exists. DPD has found that three critical elements tend to identify a dwelling unit: a kitchen or other food preparation area; bathroom facilities that include both a toilet and a shower or bathtub; and a living area set apart or separated from other living areas by doors, walls, stairways, hallways or common areas.

Date Revised: 08/13/2019

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