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About Director's Rules

Our Director's Rules (DRs) are binding rules about land use, construction, housing, and other codes we administer. The rules are adopted according to the administration section in the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC Section 3.06.040). We issue our Director’s Rules after we have published public notice in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.

We number our Director's Rules chronologically, with the document number and the year it was published. For example, DR 24-88 means the 24th rule of 1988.

Our final Director's Rules available online are not signed by the Seattle DCI Director, but they do contain the official, approved text. If you need a signed copy, please call our Public Resource Center at (206) 684-8467.

Keeping Your Rules Up-to-date

We publish official legal notice for all Director’s Rules in Seattle's Daily Journal of Commerce. We also publish notice about land use rules in our Land Use Information Bulletin. To receive an email alert when the Land Use Information Bulletin is posted, or to receive a printed version in the mail, contact our Public Resource Center.


Draft Director's Rules


DDR 20-2017, Green Building Standard

public notice


DDR 8-2017, Great Blue Heron Management Plan

View public notice.


DDR 11-2016, Emergency Shelters

View public notice.


DDR 13-2015/SDOT 6-2015, Brooklyn Ave NE, NE 43rd St and NE 42nd St Street Design Concept Plan

View public notice.


DDR 11-2015/SDOT 4-2015, Third Avenue Transit Corridor Street Design Concept Plan

View public notice.


DDR 10-2015/SDOT 3-2015, University Street, 8th Avenue, Terrace Street, Terry Avenue Street Design Concept Plan

View public notice.


DDR 9-2015/SDOT 2-2015, Pontius Avenue N Street Design Concept Plan

View public notice.


DDR 7-2015/SDOT 5-2015, University District Alley Activation Street Design Concept Plan

View public notice.


DDR 8-2015/SDOT 1-2015, Occidental Avenue S and First Avenue S Street Design Concept Plan.

View public notice.


DDR 2-2015, Determining if two or More Development Proposals Must be Considered as One for Purposes of Applying SEPA Categorical Exemptions and Design Review Thresholds

View public notice.


DDR 22-2014, Noncommercial Speech on Signs

View public notice.

Still Need Help?

If you have questions about superseded or rescinded rules, please contact Jill Vanneman at (206) 733-9062.