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Record No: CB 118971    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118971
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 9/8/2017
Ordinance No: Ord 125399
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending Sections 22.206.200, 22.208.020, 23.40.006, and 23.91.002 of the Seattle Municipal Code; to modify maintenance and demolition standards related to vacant buildings.
Sponsors: Rob Johnson, Debora Juarez
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Mayor's Letter, 3. Director's Report, 4. Presentation (05/16/17), 5. Central Staff Memo (06/20/17), 6. Central Staff Memo (08/01/17), 7. Central Staff Memo (08/15/17), 8. Map of Vacant Building Complaints (08/15/17), 9. Signed Ordinance 125399, 10. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending Sections 22.206.200, 22.208.020, 23.40.006, and 23.91.002 of the Seattle Municipal Code; to modify maintenance and demolition standards related to vacant buildings.
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WHEREAS, from 2013 to 2016 the City experienced a 58% increase in complaints about vacant buildings, including buildings that have been subject to unauthorized entry; and
WHEREAS, inspection of vacant buildings that are uninhabitable or have been subject to unauthorized entry can be dangerous to City Staff; and
WHEREAS, sometimes demolition of poorly maintained vacant buildings is required for the public health, safety, and welfare; and
WHEREAS, the City is experiencing a housing shortage; and
WHEREAS, the City must balance public health, safety, and welfare considerations with the need to preserve the City's housing stock; NOW THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 22.206.200 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 124167, is amended as follows:
22.206.200 Minimum standards for vacant buildings
A. Maintenance ((Standards)) standards. Every vacant building shall conform to the standards of Sections 22.206.060; 22.206.070; 22.206.080.A, 22.206.080.B, 22.206.080.C, 22.206.080.G, 22.206.080.H and 22.206.080.I; 22.206.130.I; 22.206.160.A.1, 22.206.160.A.3, 22.206.160.A.4, 22.206.160.A.5, 22.206.160.A.6, and 22.206.160.A.8, except when different standards are imposed by this section.
1. Sanitary ((Facilities.)) facilities
a. Plumbing fixtures connected to an approved water system, an approved sewage system, or an approved natural gas utility system shall be installed in accordance with applicable codes and be maintained in sound condition and good repair.
b. Plumbing fixtures connected to an approved water system, an approved sewage system, or an a...

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