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Record No: CB 119106    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119106
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 11/20/2017
Ordinance No: Ord 125451
Title: AN ORDINANCE related to fees and charges for permits and activities of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections and related fees by other departments, and technical corrections; amending Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 22.900B, General Provisions; Chapter 22.900C, Fees for Land Use Review; Chapter 22.900D, Fees for New and Altered Buildings and Equipment; Chapter 22.900E, Fees for Certificates and Registrations; Chapter 22.900F, Compliance and Other Inspections; and Chapter 22.900G, Fees Collected for Other Departments.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Att A - SDCI Permit Fee and Charges proposed for 2018, 3. Signed Ord_125451, 4. Affidavit of Publication
Related files: GS 384-1-A-1-2018

CITY OF SEATTLE

ORDINANCE __________________

COUNCIL BILL __________________

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AN ORDINANCE related to fees and charges for permits and activities of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections and related fees by other departments, and technical corrections; amending Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 22.900B, General Provisions; Chapter 22.900C, Fees for Land Use Review; Chapter 22.900D, Fees for New and Altered Buildings and Equipment; Chapter 22.900E, Fees for Certificates and Registrations; Chapter 22.900F, Compliance and Other Inspections; and Chapter 22.900G, Fees Collected for Other Departments.

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BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Section 22.900B.010 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900B.010 Base fee and hourly rate

A.                     The SDCI base fee shall be charged as specified in this Subtitle IX and shall be (($210)) $216.

B.                     Any services provided by the Department for which an hourly charge is assessed shall be charged at a rate specified in this Subtitle IX.

The hourly rate for land use review is (($315)) $324. The rate for all other hourly fees is (($210)) $216 an hour except where a different hourly rate is specified in this Subtitle IX. Where “SDCI hourly rate” is specified in this Subtitle IX, the rate is (($210)) $216 an hour.

C.                     ((Where)) If an hourly rate is specified, overtime shall be charged at that same rate. ((Where)) If no hourly rate is specified, overtime shall be charged at (($210)) $216 an hour. All overtime shall require approval by the Director. The minimum fee for each overtime request shall be one hour, with minimum increments of 1/4 hour, in addition to other permit fees established by this Subtitle IX.

Section 2. Section 22.900B.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900B.020 Miscellaneous and special fees

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D.                     Address ((Change)) change. The fee to correct the address on an application or, if applicable, on an issued permit is (($57)) $58.50. If an address change is requested that is unrelated to an application for a permit or for an issued permit, a fee of one ((times)) multiplied by the base fee shall be assessed.

E.                     Copies of electronic and microfilm records. Charges for plans reproduced from electronic records or from the microfilm library are shown in Table B-1 for 22.900B.020.

Table B-1 for 22.900B.020-Fees for Reproductions from  Electronic or Microfilm Records

Page Size

Price

Electronic Records

8 1/2" x 11"

(($0.60)) $0.65 per printed page

11" x 17"

(($0.60)) $0.65 per printed page

Microfilm Records

8 1/2" x 11"

(($1.40)) $1.45 per copied page

11" x 17"

(($1.40)) $1.45 per copied page

Both sizes

$0.10 per scanned image

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Section 3. Section 22.900C.010 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125248, is amended as follows:

22.900C.010 Land use fees

A.                     Land Use ((Review Fees)) review fees.  The land use review fee for Master Use Permits, Council and Hearing Examiner approvals, environmentally critical area reviews, shoreline reviews, and other miscellaneous reviews, research, and services shall be charged according to Table C-1 for 22.900C.010 unless otherwise specified.  For any review, research, or service that is not listed in Table C-1 for 22.900C.010, the minimum fees will be determined by the Director based on the estimated complexity of work, but in no case shall be less than 0.5 hours ((times)) multiplied by the current Land Use hourly rate and in no case more than 10 hours ((times)) multiplied by the current Land Use hourly rate.  Additional hours worked that exceed the number covered by the minimum fee shall be charged at the current Land Use hourly rate and are required to be paid at the time of invoicing and/or prior to approval of permits.  Land use review that is subject to the Land Use hourly rate may include, but is not limited to: review time for ((more than one)) each technical reviewer ((,)) ; pre-application services ((,)) ; project review ((,)) ; permit issuance ((,)) ; and continued review during the building permit and construction approval phases of the project as well as inspections or site visits during construction or post construction to ensure compliance with requirements of approval.  Land Use hourly rate also includes time spent preparing for and defending a Director’s decision or recommendation if appealed to the Hearing Examiner.

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Table C-1 for 22.900C.010-LAND USE FEES

A. MASTER USE PERMIT, ENVIRONMENTAL CRITICAL AREAS, CITY COUNCIL, and HEARING EXAMINER APPROVALS

Hours worked beyond those covered by minimum will be charged the Land Use hourly rate, unless otherwise noted, and are payable at time of invoice.

Type of Land Use Review

Minimum Fee

General-first 10 hours of review

Land Use Hourly × 10

Low-Income Housing-first 24 hours of review1

Land Use Hourly × 10

1. Administrative conditional uses (ACUs) ACUs for community centers, child care centers, adult care centers, private schools, religious facilities, and public and private libraries in single-family and multi-family zones shall be charged a minimum fee of (($1,788)) $1,840 for the first 20 hours. Additional hours shall be charged at the rate of (($315)) $324 an hour. This exception applies if the application is for an ACU only, or an ACU combined with a variance application.

2. Design Review The minimum fee for Administrative Design Review, Master Planned Community Design Review and Streamlined Design Review is (($3,150)) $3,240. The minimum fee for full Design Review is (($6,300)) $6,480, which covers the first 20 hours of review. Refer to subsection 15 of this Table C-1 for 22.900C.010 for fees related to Design Review for Tree Protection.

3. Environmental reviews (SEPA), including projects with more than one addressed site.

4. Environmentally critical areas (ECA)

a. Environmentally Critical Areas variance2

b. ECA Exception

c. Environmentally Critical Areas Administrative Conditional Use

5. Shoreline permits

a. Substantial development permits

b. Variances2 and conditional uses

6. Short subdivisions3; refer to subsection 10 of Table D-2 for 22.900D.010 for additional fees that may apply to this permit type

7. Special exceptions

8. Variances2  Variances for community centers, child care centers, adult care centers, private schools, religious facilities, and public and private libraries in single-family and multi-family zones shall be charged a minimum fee of (($1,788)) $1,840 for the first 20 hours. Additional hours shall be charged at the rate of (($315)) $324 an hour. This exception applies if the application is for a variance only, or a variance combined only with an ACU application.

9. Type II land use approvals such as, but not limited to, planned community/residential development, major phased developments and other Type II approvals that are not categorized otherwise in this Table C-1 for 22.900C.010.

10. The minimum fee for Council conditional uses, Rezones, Public Projects, and all other Type IV and Type V land use approvals shall be (($6,300)) $6,480, which covers the first 20 hours of review.

11. Full subdivisions4; refer to subsection 10 of Table D-2 for 22.900D.010 for additional fees that may apply to this permit type

12. Reserved

13. Reserved

B. MISCELLANEOUS HOURLY LAND USE REVIEWS, RESEARCH, AND  OTHER SERVICES

Hours worked beyond those covered by minimum will be charged the Land Use hourly rate, unless otherwise noted, and payable at time of invoice.

Type of Land Use Review

Minimum Land Use Review Fee

14. Concurrency

Reserved

15. Design Review for Tree Protection5

a. Design review required by Section 25.11.070 or Section 25.11.080 to protect exceptional tree if no other land use reviews are required

Land Use Hourly × 10

b. Design review elected by applicant for tree protection

Land Use Hourly × 10

16. Other Environmentally Critical Area (ECA) Review, inspection, and site visit under Chapter 25.09 or Chapter 23.60A, including but not limited to:

Land Use Hourly × 1

a. ECA review for Wetlands, Fish, & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas on land use or construction permits shall be charged on an hourly basis

 

b. Review to determine Environmentally Critical Area exemption for Wetlands and Riparian Corridor and Shoreline ECAs shall be charged on an hourly basis

 

c. Other miscellaneous ECA reviews, inspections, or site visits as required by code or as a condition of approval shall be charged on an hourly basis

 

17. Early design guidance

Land Use Hourly × 10

18. Establishing use for the record: Refer to subsection 9 of Table D-2 for 22.900D.010 for additional fees that may apply to this permit type

Land Use Hourly × 2

19. Extensions of Type IV Council Land Use Decisions

Land Use Hourly × 2

20. Land Use Code Interpretations6

Land Use Hourly × 10

21. Letters for detailed zoning analysis or permit research

Land Use Hourly × 4

22. Lot Boundary Adjustment, Temporary Use > 4 weeks; refer to subsection 10 of Table D-2 for 22.900D.010 for additional fees that may apply to this permit type

Land Use Hourly × 5

23. Major Institution - review of annual plan

Land Use Hourly × 6

24. Major phased development permit - minor amendment

Land Use Hourly × 2

25. Neighborhood planning

Reserved

26. Noise survey review and variance

See Table F-2 for 22.900F.020 Noise Fees

27. Open space remainder lots and surplus state property

Land Use Hourly × 4

28. Pre-application conference7

Land Use Hourly × 2

29. Property Use and Development Agreement (PUDA) - minor amendment

Land Use Hourly × 2

30. Public benefit feature review

Land Use Hourly × 2

31. Renewals

Land Use Hourly × 2

32. Revisions other than shoreline revisions

Land Use Hourly × 1

33. School use and school development advisory committee reviews

Land Use Hourly × 10

34. Shoreline exemptions

Land Use Hourly × 1

35. Shoreline permit revisions not due to required conditions

Land Use Hourly × 2

36. Special accommodation

Land Use Hourly × 2

37. Structural building overhangs and areaways as a separate component

Land Use Hourly × 2

38. Tree and Vegetation Restoration Review in ECA above minimum threshold where SEPA is not required other than for the restoration (subsection 25.09.070.E.1.b)

Land Use Hourly × 2

39. Street Improvement Exceptions on a Land Use permit

Land Use Hourly × 2

 40. Hazardous Tree Removal

Land Use Hourly × 1

C. NON-HOURLY LAND USE FEES

Type of Land Use Review

Fee

((40.)) 41. Curb cuts as a separate component

a. Single-family residential

(($86)) $88.35 each

b. Other than single-family residential

(($170)) $174.70 each

((41.)) 42. File Management

SDCI Base Fee × 1

a. Placing projects on hold at applicant request

 

b. Splitting or combining projects

 

((42.)) 43. Intake appointments for land use reviews; fee is charged for each occurrence

SDCI Base Fee × 1

((43.)) 44. Notice. All notice is charged based upon type for each occurrence.8

a. Land use information bulletin (GMR notice)

SDCI Base Fee × 1

b. Posting large sign or placards

(($130)) $133.60

c. Mailed notice

SDCI Base Fee per 500 pieces of mail or portions thereof

d. DJC decision publication

(($204)) $209.60

e. Neighborhood newspaper publication

Rate charged by newspaper

f. Public meeting room rental

(($131)) $134.60

((44.)) 45. Rebuild Letters

a. With Research

SDCI Base Fee × 1

b. Without Research

(($44)) $45.20

((45.)) 46. Records research by the Public Resource Center

SDCI Base Fee × 1

((46.)) 47. Recording Fees, for LBA or Short Subdivision

Rate charged by King County9

((47.)) 48. Shoreline Extensions

SDCI Base Fee × 1

Footnotes to Table C-1 for 22.900C.010 ((:)) 1For purposes of these land use fees, low-income housing is housing that both (1) satisfies the definition of “housing, low income” in Section 23.84A.016; and (2) where at least 50 percent of the total gross floor area of each structure on the site is committed to low-income housing use for at least 20 years. 2The single variance fee shall be applicable whether the project requires one or multiple variances. 3Includes short subdivisions in environmentally critical areas. 4Includes unit-lot subdivisions and full subdivisions in environmentally critical areas. 5This fee applies if design review is initiated only for tree protection and the application has no other review under Items 1-14. 6The fees for interpretations of Chapters 25.12, 25.16, 25.20, 25.21, 25.22, ((and)) 25.24, and 25.30 shall be collected by the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods. 7The pre-application conference fee covers a one-hour conference and one hour of research and/or follow-up review time that normally occurs, for a total of two hours. Additional pre-application review time will be charged at the Land Use hourly rate. See also ((Section)) subsection 22.900C.010.E. 8Additional notice may be given in circumstances including but not limited to the following: reinstallation of environmental review signs ((,)) ; reposting of the land use review or environmental signs ((,)) ; new component reviews added subsequent to the original notice ((,)) ; revised decisions ((,)) ; and changes to the scope of the project. 9Recording fees will be charged the current rate as established and charged by King County at the time of document recording.

Section 4. Section 22.900D.010 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900D.010 Development permit fees

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Table D-1 for 22.900D.010-Calculation of the Development Fee Index

Total Valuation

Development Fee Index

$0 to $1,000

$210 for the first $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$1,001 to $25,000

$210 for the first $1,000 of value plus $1.25 for each additional $100 of value or fraction thereof

$25,001 to $50,000

$510 for the first $25,000 of value plus $1.20 for each additional $100 of value or fraction thereof

$50,001 to $75,000

$810 for the first $50,000 of value plus $1.15 for each additional $100 of value or fraction thereof ((.))

$75,001 to $100,000

$1,097.50 for the first $75,000 of value plus $1.10 for each additional $100 of value or fraction thereof

$100,001 to $175,000

$1,372.50 for the first $100,000 of value plus $5.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$175,001 to $250,000

$1,785 for the first $175,000 of value plus $5.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$250,001 to $500,000

(($2,197.25)) $2,197.50 for the first $250,000 of value plus $5.25 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$500,001 to $750,000

$3,510 for the first $500,000 of value plus $5 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$750,001 to $1,000,000

$4,760 for the first $750,000 of value plus $5 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$1,000,001 to $1,500,000

$6,010 for first $1,000,000 of value plus $4.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$1,500,001 to $2,000,000

$8,260 for the first $1,500,000 of value plus $4.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$2,000,001 to $2,500,000

$10,510 for first $2,000,000 of value plus $4 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$2,500,001 to $3,000,000

$12,510 for the first $2,500,000 of value plus $4 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$3,000,001 to $3,500,000

$14,510 for first $3,000,000 of value plus $3.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$3,500,001 to $4,000,000

$16,260 for first $3,500,000 of value plus $3.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$4,000,001 to $4,500,000

$18,010 for first $4,000,000 of value plus $3 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$4,500,001 to $5,000,000

$19,510 for the first $4,500,000 of value plus $3 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$5,000,001 to $10,000,000

$21,010 for the first $5,000,000 of value plus $2.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$10,000,001 to $25,000,000

$33,510 for the first $10,000,000 of value plus $2.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$25,000,001 to $50,000,000

$71,010 for the first $25,000,000 of value plus $2.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$50,000,001 to $75,000,000

$133,510 for the first $50,000,000 of value plus $2 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$75,000,001 to $100,000,000

$183,510 for the first $75,000,000 of value plus $2 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$100,000,001 to $150,000,000

$233,510 for the first $100,000,000 of value plus $1.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$150,000,001 to $200,000,000

$308,510 for the first $150,000,000 of value plus $1.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$200,000,001 and up

$383,510 for the first $200,000,000 of value plus $1.25 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

 

Table D-2 for 22.900D.010 - Calculation of Development Fees Determined by Value

 

Percent of Development Fee Index (DFI) Calculated from Project Value as Specified in Table D-11 for 22.900D.010

Type of Development

Permit Fee

Plan Review Fee

1. Building, with or without mechanical, with or without use

100% of DFI

100% of DFI

2. STFI (Subject to field inspection - building and/or mechanical)2

100% of DFI

40% of DFI

3. Energy code compliance review using Total UA Alternative and/or Simulated Performance Alternative

(included in subsection 1 of this Table D-2 for 22.900D.010)

SDCI hourly rate, 1 hour minimum

 

 

Table D-2 for 22.900D.010 - Calculation of Development Fees Determined by Value

4. Mechanical permit:

a. Submitted as part of a building permit application (if associated with other work)

(included in subsection 1 of this Table D-2 for 22.900D.010)

Mechanical Review at the SDCI hourly rate, 1 hour minimum

b. If ≥ $50,000 in value and submitted separately from a building permit application (if associated with other work) or if applied for as a mechanical only permit; also see Section 22.900D.090 for mechanical equipment fees

100% of DFI

All other applicable reviews at the SDCI hourly rate, 1 hour minimum

c. If < $50,000 in value and submitted separately from a building permit application (if associated with other work) or if applied for as a mechanical only permit; also see Section 22.900D.090 for mechanical equipment fees

100% of DFI

100% of DFI for Initial Mechanical Review; all other applicable reviews (including Mechanical Corrections Reviews) at the SDCI hourly rate, 0.5 hour minimum

5. Blanket permit review fees:

a. Initial tenant alterations applied for within 18 months of the date of issuance of the first certificate of occupancy within a building where the area of work is more than 50,000 sq. ft.

(($2.65)) $2.75 per 100 square feet1

(($3.05)) $3.15 per 100 square feet1

b. Initial tenant alterations applied for after 18 months of the date of issuance of the first certificate of occupancy

100% of DFI

60% of DFI

6. Initial tenant alterations applied for within 18 months of the date of issuance of the first certificate of occupancy (nonblanket permit initial tenant improvements to shell and core)3

50% of DFI based on new building value of shell and core

50% of DFI based on new building value of shell and core

7. Standard plans:

a. Establishment of standard plan, including temporary structures. (For swimming pools, see subsection 16 of this Table D-2 for 22.900D.010.)

100% of DFI

200% of DFI, plus SDCI hourly rate for review/ approval of “options”

b. Establishment of already permitted plan as standard plan

100% of DFI

100% of DFI, plus SDCI hourly rate for review/ approval of “options”

c. Subsequent reviews of standard plan, other than temporary structures

100% of DFI

60% of DFI, plus SDCI hourly rate for review/ approval of “revisions”

d. Subsequent reviews of standard plans for temporary structures

See subsection 18 of this Table D-2 for 22.900D.010

See subsection 18 of this Table D-2 for 22.900D.010

8. Factory-built housing and commercial structures

a. Modular construction, 3 or fewer stories

Base fee x 1

Base fee x 1 for each module

b. Modular construction, more than 3 stories

Base fee x 1

Base fee x 1 for each module, plus SDCI hourly rate for structural review

Special Development Fees

Type of Development

Permit Fee

Plan Review Fee

9. Establishing use for the record

a. Applications with no construction

Base fee x 1.5

None

b. Applications with construction: Refer to subsection 17 of Table C-1 for 22.900C.010 for additional Land Use Fees that apply to this permit type

100% of DFI

100% of DFI

10. Building review associated with platting actions or LBAs

None

SDCI hourly rate; 0.25 hour minimum

11. Noise survey reviews

None

See Table F-2 for 22.900F.020 Noise Fees

12. Parking facilities

a. Outside a building

See Section 22.900D.060

b. Within or on a building

See subsection 22.900D.010.C

13. Renewal (or Reestablishment) of development permits and/or separate mechanical permits See subsection 22.900D.010.G and subsection 22.900D.010.K for exceptions and modifications to fee

Base fee x 1.5

SDCI hourly rate

14. Single-family earthquake retrofit

a. Permit for work in full compliance with Project Impact Standards/Plans

Base fee x 1

None

b. Permit for work in partial compliance with Project Impact Standards/Plans with additional engineering design of those portions not in compliance

Base fee x 1

SDCI hourly rate with 1 hour minimum

c. Voluntary seismic upgrades requiring full engineering/design and not per Project Impact Standards/Plans

100% of DFI

100% of DFI

15. Review of Unreinforced Masonry Building Designation or Retrofit Standard

a. Review to change unreinforced masonry bearing wall building designation

None

SDCI base fee x 1

b. Review to determine seismic retrofit standard of previously retrofitted unreinforced masonry building

None

SDCI hourly rate; 1 hour minimum

16. Special inspection

Base fee x 1

 

17. Swimming pools4

a. Unenclosed pools accessory to Group R-3 Occupancy

Base fee x 4

 

b. Unenclosed pools accessory to occupancies other than Group R-3

Base fee x 6

 

c. Principal use unenclosed pools

Base fee x 6

 

d. Future construction of an unenclosed swimming pool

Base fee x 1

 

e. Initial approval of standard plan for swimming pool accessory to Group R-3 Occupancy

Base fee x 5

 

f. Subsequent review of application based on approved swimming pool standard plan

Base fee x 1.5

 

18. Temporary structures, such as commercial coaches5

Base fee x 2 per structure

 

19.Temporary use permits

a. For 4 weeks or less6

Base fee x 1.5

 

b. For more than 4 weeks6

Base fee x 2

 

20. Phased Permits

a. Value < $5,000,000 in value

Base fee x 1

 

b. Value > $5,000,000 in value

Base fee x 2

 

21. ECA Small Project Waiver on a building permit

None

SDCI hourly rate; 0.25 hour minimum

22. Street Improvement Exceptions on a building permit

SDCI Land Use Hourly x 2

Land Use Hourly rate for each review hour spent beyond 2 hour minimum fee

23. Building Permit Shop Drawings

None

SDCI hourly rate: 1.75 hour minimum

24. Sprinkler Shop Drawings

None

SDCI hourly rate: 0.75 hour minimum

25. Sprinkler Only Permit Submittals (New or Add/Alt)

Base fee x 0.75

See Chapter 22.900G((.))

26. Code Alternate Request

None

SDCI hourly rate, 2 hour minimum

27. Commercial Re-Roofing Permit

Base fee x 0.5

 

Footnotes to Table D-2 for 22.900D.010 ((:)) 1The minimum permit fee or plan review fee for value-based fees is (($210)) $216. 2The minimum plan review fee for subject-to-field-inspection (STFI) value-based plan review is (($84)) $86.30. 3This fee is applicable only to those initial tenants that reflect the use and occupancy established in the shell and core permit. The value used shall be the new construction value used in calculating value for the shell and core permit. 4If a swimming pool is located within an enclosed building and is included in the building plans for that building, a separate fee shall not be charged for the swimming pool. The swimming pool area will be considered as floor area of the principal occupancy of the building. 5This fee shall not apply to any on-site, temporary construction office where a valid building permit is in force. 6Master use permit fees for such temporary uses shall be charged according to Table C-1 for 22.900C.010.

F.                     Blanket ((Permits)) permits

1.                     The application fee for a blanket permit to cover initial nonstructural tenant alterations within the first three years of the first tenant alteration permit shall be charged at the rate of (($5.65)) $5.80 per 100 square feet of space to be improved within the life of the permit. A deposit based on the estimated value of the work to be completed during the life of the permit shall be collected at the time of application. As individual tenant spaces are reviewed, the amount of the fee equivalent to the floor space examined shall be deducted from the deposit per Table D-2 for 22.900D.010.

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H.                     Certificate of Occupancy. The issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for existing buildings, either if no Certificate of Occupancy has previously been issued or if a change of occupancy is requested, requires a building permit. If there is no construction valuation (there is no work which would require a building permit), the minimum building permit fee shall be assessed. In addition to the minimum building permit fee, if records research, plan examination, or inspection is required, charges shall be assessed at the SDCI hourly rate. If work is being done as authorized by a permit, the permanent Certificate of Occupancy fee is not assessed in addition to the building permit fee. The fee for a temporary Certificate of Occupancy shall be charged at the rate of 1/2 the base fee. The fee for the duplication of a Certificate of Occupancy is (($35.10)) $36.10 unless records research, plan examination, or inspection is required, in which case charges shall be assessed at the SDCI hourly rate.

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Section 5. Section 22.900D.090 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900D.090 Permit fees for mechanical equipment and systems, other than boilers and pressure vessels and refrigeration systems

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Table D-8 for 22.900D.090-Permit Fees for Mechanical Equipment

Type of Installation

Fee

Forced air, gravity-type, or floor furnace, gas or oil suspended heater, heat pump, recessed wall heater or floor-mounted space heater, wall furnace, circulating heater or woodstove/fireplace insert, including ducts and burners attached thereto

(($140)) $143.85 per unit

New gas or oil burners and newly installed used gas or oil burners1

(($140)) $143.85 per unit

Appliance vents Class A, B, BW, or L if installed separately

(($111)) $114.05 per unit

Mechanical air-moving systems

See Table D-2 for 22.900D.010

Appliances or equipment or other work not classed in other categories, or for which no other fee is listed

Hourly at the SDCI hourly rate. Minimum of 1/2 hour

Footnote to Table D-8 for 22.900D.090 ((:))  1See Table D-12 for 22.900D.110 for rates for burners installed by boilers.

Section 6. Section 22.900D.100 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900D.100 Refrigeration equipment and systems

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B.                     Temporary installations of ten days’ duration or less, made for the purposes of exhibition, display, or demonstration, shall be charged a fee of (($62)) $63.70 for each installation.

Table D-10 for 22.900D.100-REFRIGERATION PERMIT FEES1

Type or Size of System/Equipment

Fee

Basic fee2

(($66)) $67.80

Additional installation fee per compressor

 

0-5 HP

(($66)) $67.80

6-25 HP

(($134)) $137.70

26-100 HP

(($251)) $257.90

101-500 HP

(($354)) $363.75

Over 500 HP

(($430)) $441.85

Repair and alteration (value of work)

Fee

$0-$1,000

(($66)) $67.80

$1,001-$5,000

(($96)) $98.65

$5,001-$10,000

(($166)) $170.60

Over $10,000

(($164)) $168.50 plus (($66)) $67.80/each $5,000 or fraction thereof of valuation above $10,000

Footnotes to Table D-10 for 22.900D.100 ((:)) 1Where the application for permit shows cooling tonnage rather than horsepower, the fees of this table shall apply at a rate of one horsepower equals one ton of cooling capacity. 2The basic fee applies to new installations, repairs, and alterations.

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Section 7. Section 22.900D.110 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900D.110 New installations and alterations of boilers and pressure vessels

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Table D-12 for 22.900D.110-INSTALLATION PERMIT FEES FOR BOILERS  AND PRESSURE VESSELS

Type of Installation

Installation Fee

Boilers

Heated By Combustion Products  Heating Surface (In Square Feet)

Electric Power Input (in KW)

 

 

0-250

0-200

(($231)) $237.35

 

> 250-500

201-400

(($343)) $352.45

 

> 500-750

401-600

(($460)) $472.65

 

> 750-1,000

601-800

(($664)) $682.25

 

> 1,000

Over 800

(($840)) $863.10

Pressure vessels1

Length times diameter in square feet

 

 

0-15

(($155)) $159.25

 

> 15-30

(($203)) $208.60

 

> 30-50

(($294)) $302.10

 

> 50-100

(($379)) $389.40

 

> 100

(($460)) $472.65

Burner2

0-12,500,000 Btu/hr

(($231)) $237.35 (each fuel)

 

Over 12,500,000 Btu/hr

(($358)) $367.85 (each fuel)

Automatic certification

0-12,500,000 Btu/hr

(($231)) $237.35 (each fuel)

 

Over 12,500,000 Btu/hr

(($358)) $367.85 (each fuel)

Monitoring System

Per Boiler

(($427)) $438.75

Footnotes to Table D-12 for 22.900D.110 ((:)) 1Rating size is the product of the two greatest dimensions of the vessel: diameter x overall length for the cylindrical vessels; maximum width x maximum length for rectangular vessels. 2When a burner is installed in conjunction with a boiler, a separate fee shall not be charged for the burner.

Section 8. Section 22.900D.140 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900D.140 New installations and alterations of elevators and other conveyances

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Table D-13 for 22.900D.140-PERMIT FEES FOR ELEVATORS AND OTHER CONVEYANCES

New Installations and Relocations

Type of Conveyance

Fee

Hydraulic elevators

(($603)) $619.60 plus (($52)) $53.45 per hoistway opening

Cabled geared and gearless elevators

(($1,156)) $1,187.80 plus (($88)) $90.40 per hoistway opening

Residential hydraulic and cabled elevators

(($455)) $467.50

Dumbwaiters, manual doors

(($219)) $225 plus (($26)) $26.75 per hoistway opening

Dumbwaiters, power doors

(($219)) $225 plus (($62)) $63.70 per hoistway opening

Escalators and moving walks

(($1,716)) $1,763.20 plus the following: (width in inches + run in feet + vertical rise in feet) x (($5.25)) $5.40

Accessibility lifts (vertical and inclined)

(($351)) $360.65

Material lifts

(($422)) $433.60

Alterations & Repairs

Type of Conveyance

Fee

Accessibility lifts (vertical and inclined)

(($175)) $179.80 plus (($26)) $26.75 for each $1,000 of construction value or fraction thereof

Other elevators, escalators, walks, dumbwaiters, and lifts

(($210)) $215.80 plus (($35)) $36 for each $1,000 of construction value or fraction thereof

Elevator Cosmetic Alterations Only:

Weight differential less than or  equal to 5%

(($210)) $215.80 plus (($35)) $36 for each $1,000 of construction value or fraction thereof, to a maximum fee of (($422)) $433.60

Weight differential greater than 5%

(($210)) $215.80 plus (($35)) $36 for each $1,000 of construction value or fraction thereof

Alteration or replacement of a  door opening device

(($252)) $258.95 per opening device

Section 9. Section 22.900D.145 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900D.145 Site and geotechnical review fee

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Table D-SR for 22.900D.145-SITE AND GEOTECHNICAL REVIEW FEES

Type of Site Review

Minimum Fee

Time at Which Minimum Fee Is Due

Review Time Included in Minimum Fee

Time at Which Hourly Fees Are Due

1. Pre-application site inspection

3/4 hour at the SDCI hourly rate

At the time of application intake

3/4 hour

At the time of application intake

2. Drainage or grading review separate from a development permit or as part of a MUP application

1/2 hour for each type at the SDCI hourly rate

At the time of application intake

1/2 hour each

At the time of permit issuance

3. Review to determine Environmentally Critical Area exemption

1/2 hour at the SDCI hourly rate

At the time of application intake

1/2 hour

At the time of decision

4. ECA Review

1/2 hour at the SDCI hourly rate

At the time of application intake

1/2 hour

At the time of permit issuance for additional hours beyond minimum

5. Geotechnical Review (Non-ECA)

1/2 hour at the SDCI hourly rate

At the time of permit issuance

1/2 hour

At the time of permit issuance for additional hours beyond minimum

6. Drainage Review

((1/2)) 1 hour at the SDCI hourly rate

At the time of application intake

1 hour

At the time of permit issuance for additional hours beyond minimum

7. Post-Issuance Geotechnical Review for all permits with geotechnical special inspections

1 hour at the SDCI hourly rate

At the time of permit issuance

1 hour

At the time of final inspection, issuance of Certificate of Occupancy, or permit expiration for additional hours beyond minimum

8. Grading Season Extension Post-Issuance Dry Season Request

1 hour at the SDCI hourly rate

At the time of Post Sub Request

1 hour

At the time Post Sub is granted, for additional hours beyond minimum

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Section 10. Section 22.900D.150 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900D.150 Electrical permit fees

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Table D-14 for 22.900D.150-ELECTRICAL PERMIT FEES (When Plans Are Reviewed)

Total Valuation

Fee

$0 to $1,000

$210 for the first $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$1,001 to $5,000

$210 for the first $1,000 of value plus $6 for each additional $100 of value or fraction thereof

$5,001 to $25,000

$450 for the first $5,000 of value plus $2.75 for each additional $100 of value or fraction thereof

$25,001 to $50,000

$1,000 for the first $25,000 of value plus $2.50 for each additional $100 of value or fraction thereof

$50,001 to $75,000

$1,625 for the first $50,000 of value plus $2.25 for each additional $100 of value or fraction thereof

$75,001 to $100,000

$2,187.50 for the first $75,000 of value plus $2 for each additional $100 of value or fraction thereof

$100,001 to $175,000

$2,687.50 for the first $100,000 of value plus $8 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$175,001 to $250,000

$3,287.50 for the first $175,000 of value plus $7.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$250,001 to $500,000

$3,850 for the first $250,000 of value plus $7 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$500,001 to $750,000

$5,600 for the first $500,000 of value plus $6.50 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof

$750,001 to $1,000,000

$7,225 for the first $750,000 of value plus $6 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$1,000,001 to $1,500,000

$8,725 for the first $1,000,000 of value plus $5.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$1,500,001 to $2,000,000

$11,475 for the first $1,500,000 of value plus $5 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$2,000,001 to $2,500,000

$13,975 for the first $2,000,000 of value plus $4.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$2,500,001 to $3,000,000

$16,225 for the first $2,500,000 of value plus $4 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$3,000,001 to $3,500,000

$18,225 for the first $3,000,000 of value plus $3.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$3,500,001 to $4,000,000

$19,975 for the first $3,500,000 of value plus $3 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$4,000,001 to $4,500,000

$21,475 for each additional $4,000,000 of value plus $2.75 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$4,500,001 to $5,000,000

$22,850 for the first $4,500,000 of value plus $2.50 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$5,000,001 to $10,000,000

$24,100 for the first $5,000,000 of value plus $2.25 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

$10,000,001 and up

(($35,350)) $34,100 for the first $10,000,000 of value plus $2 for each additional $1,000 of value or fraction thereof

Correction or revision

SDCI hourly rate, 1 hour minimum

Get started - after submitting application with plans - branch circuits only

1/2 base rate plus administrative fee

 

Table D-15 for 22.900D.150-ELECTRICAL PERMIT FEES (When Plans Are Not Required)

1. Administrative Fee

a. An administrative fee of (($71)) $72.95 will be charged in addition to the other fees specified in this table for all items except subsection 9 of this Table D-15 for 22.900D.150.

b. A change fee of (($57)) $58.60 will be charged if work is added to an issued permit and if other information is changed.

2. Services

Size

Fee

a. Services (installation, relocation and temporary installations; size based on conductor ampacity); service fees includes connection to one panel board when a service disconnect is provided ahead of the panel board

1-125A

1/2 x base fee

 

126-200A

3/4 x base fee

 

201-300A

1 x base fee

 

301-399A

1.5 x base fee

 

400-599A

2 x base fee

b. Service repair (mast and meter base only)

Any

1/2 base fee

c. Temporary construction power for single-family residence; Ufer ground inspection is included only if the Ufer installation inspection is conducted at the same time as the temporary power inspection

Any

1/2 x base fee

d. Ufer installation only

Any

Administrative Fee only

e. Ufer test only

Any

1 x base fee

f. Underground work (raceways only)

Any

1/2 x base fee

g. SCL Service Meter Project

Any

1/2 x base fee; no Administrative Fee

3. Feeders1

Size

120v-480v

> 480v

15-25A

(($16.65)) $17.10

1/4 x base fee

30-50A

(($34.75)) $35.45

1/4 x base fee

60-125A

1/2 x base fee

1/2 x base fee

150A & less than 400A

3/4 x base fee

1 x base fee

400A

plan review required

plan review required

4. Connections, Devices, and Branch Circuits2

a. Connections

Fee

Light outlet, switches, dimmers, receptacles, luminaires, residential-type fans

(($2.10)) $2.15 each

Track lighting or multi-outlet assembly

(($2.10)) $2.15 for every 2 feet of track

b. Devices and Branch Circuits

Fee

Non-electrical furnace 3

(($16.70)) $17.15 each

Dedicated appliances & utilization circuits (cord and plug or direct wired)

     (15-50A) Ranges, water heaters, etc.

(($16.70)) $17.15 each

Floodlight4

(($7.60)) $7.80 each

Sign circuit (required for commercial spaces)

(($43)) $44.20 each

5. Transformer Installations4

Fee

Up to 300 VA

(($7.60)) $7.80

300 VA to 6 KVA

(($16.70)) $17.15

7 KVA to 15 KVA

(($51.10)) $52.50

16 KVA to 45 KVA

1/2 x base fee

46 KVA to 112.5 KVA

3/4 x base fee

≥ 113 KVA

1 x base fee

6. Motor Installations

Fee

Up to 1/3 HP

(($7.60)) $7.80

1/3 HP to 3/4 HP

(($16.70)) $17.15

1 HP to 3 HP

(($25)) $25.70

4 HP to 5 HP

(($32.50)) $33.40

6 HP to 20 HP

1/4 x base fee

21 HP to 50 HP

1/2 x base fee

≥ 51 HP

3/4 x base fee

7. Electrical Furnaces and Heaters

Fee

Up to 2 KW

(($7.60)) $7.80

2 KW to 5 KW

(($16.70)) $17.15

6 KW to 15 KW

(($21.50)) $22.10

16 KW to 30 KW

1/4 x base fee

31 KW to 100 KW

1/2 x base fee

≥ 101 KW

3/4 x base fee

8. Low-voltage and Communication Systems

Fee

a. Low-voltage systems7 - sound systems, security systems, fire alarms, nurse call, industrial controls, and similar

Requires separate permit for each system

Control unit

(($13)) $13.35 each

Device (activating, horn, alarm, etc.)

(($2.10)) $2.15 each

Control systems (> 100 volts) shall be based on the feeder schedule.

b. Communications systems8 - voice cable, data cable, coaxial cable, fiber optics, and similar

The maximum fee is (($499)) $512.75

Control unit

(($13)) $13.35

Outlet

(($2.10)) $2.15 each

9. Special Events

a. Inspections occurring during normal business hours - Hourly at the SDCI hourly rate; minimum 1/2 hour

b. Inspections occurring outside normal business hours - Hourly at the SDCI hourly rate; minimum 1 1/2 hour

10. Inspections for which no other fee is listed; including but not limited to Conditional Work and “Get Started” permits

Each

Hourly at the SDCI hourly rate;  minimum 1/2 hour

11. Renewable Energy Systems (photovoltaic, wind power generation, etc.)

0 KW to 7.7 KW

3/4 base fee

> 7.7 KW to 26 KW

1 x base fee

Over 26 KW

Plan review required

12. Size overcurrent protection for Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging stations

Select fee for each charger to be installed.

Charging Station Level 2A (120-240 V 1 PHASE) Level 2B (120-208 V 3 PHASE)

Charging Station Level 3  (277-480 V 3 PHASE)

15 TO 25 AMP CHG STATION

(($16.60)) $17.05

1/4 x base fee

30 TO 50 AMP CHG STATION

(($34.75)) $35.70

1/4 x base fee

60 TO 125 AMP CHG STATION

1/2 x base fee

1/2 x base fee

150 TO 225 AMP CHG STATION

3/4 x base fee

1 x base fee

250 TO 400 AMP CHG STATION

Requires plan review.

Requires plan review.

OVER 450 AMP CHG STATION

Requires plan review.

Requires plan review.

13. Selective Coordination Study Review - SDCI hourly rate, 1 hour minimum

Footnotes to Table D-15 for 22.900D.150 ((:)) 1Feeders will be charged only for (a) subpanels, (b) distribution panels, and (c) branch circuits of 60 amperes or over. 2The residential light outlet fee includes the luminaire. 3For furnaces where service exceeds 25 amperes, provided an additional feeder fee shall not be charged. For furnaces where service is 25 amperes or less, the furnace fee shall not apply provided a feeder fee is charged. 4Outdoor area lighting (parking lots, streets, etc.). The floodlight fee is charged per luminaire. 5The transformer fee includes the primary feeder and one secondary feeder up to and including the first panelboard or disconnect. Additional secondary panelboards or disconnecting means are charged at the appropriate feeder rate. 6Low-voltage systems include, but are not limited to, systems listed in Chapter 7 of the Seattle Electrical Code. Exempt: Residential wireless security systems. 7Communication systems include, but are not limited to, systems listed in Article 770 and Chapter 8 of the Seattle Electrical Code.

 

Section 11. Section 22.900D.160 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125184, is amended as follows:

22.900D.160 Sign, awning, and canopy permit fees

A.                     Permanent signs. For permanent signs, a permit fee of (($139)) $142.80 shall be charged for the first 32 square feet or less of the total display area of the sign plus an additional charge for each 10 square feet or fraction thereof of total display area in excess of 32 square feet as shown in Table D-16 for 22.900D.160. Adding any on-premises business sign with over 5 square feet of area to an existing structure requires a permit.

Table D-16 for 22.900D.160-Permanent Sign fees

Permanent Sign Size

Marginal Rate for Additional Charge

Applied Fee

0 to 32 sq. ft.

 

(($139)) $142.80 for the first 32 sq. ft. or fraction thereof

32 to 100 sq. ft.

(($22.60)) $23.25

(($139)) $142.80 for the first 32 sq. ft. plus (($22.60)) $23.25 per additional 10 sq. ft. or fraction thereof

100 to 150 sq. ft.

(($24.94)) $25.65

(($297.20)) $305.55 for the first 100 sq. ft. plus (($24.94)) $25.65 per additional 10 sq. ft. or fraction thereof

150 to 200 sq. ft.

(($24.94)) $25.65

(($421.90)) $433.80 for the first 150 sq. ft. plus (($24.94)) $25.65