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Record No: CB 119407    Version: Council Bill No: CB 119407
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 11/19/2018
Ordinance No: Ord 125727
Title: AN ORDINANCE related to monitoring and inspecting vacant buildings for compliance with the requirements of the Housing and Building Maintenance Code; amending Sections 22.206.200 and 22.208.090 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Sally Bagshaw
Attachments: 1. Mayor's Letter on Returning Bill Unsigned
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed Ordinance 125727, 3. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE related to monitoring and inspecting vacant buildings for compliance with the requirements of the Housing and Building Maintenance Code; amending Sections 22.206.200 and 22.208.090 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, on September 5, 2017, the City Council ("Council") passed Ordinance 125399, which amended standards for maintaining and securing vacant buildings and provided the Director of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) with additional authority to abate and demolish hazardous and nuisance vacant buildings; and
WHEREAS, Ordinance 125399 also requested that SDCI develop options and alternatives to enhance the City's existing Vacant Building Monitoring Program; and
WHEREAS, on September 5, 2018, those options were presented to the Council's Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee; and
WHEREAS, in 2017 SDCI opened 434 complaint cases related to the maintenance and security of vacant buildings; and
WHEREAS, nuisance and hazard problems associated with poorly maintained vacant buildings can be partially addressed by increased monitoring, inspections, and enforcement; and
WHEREAS, through Council Bill 119386, the Council is considering a change in fees for more frequent inspections and monitoring of vacant buildings; 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 125399, is amended as follows:
22.206.200 Minimum standards for vacant buildings
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F. Inspection and monitoring of vacant buildings
1. When the Director has reason to believe that a building is vacant, the Director may inspect the building and the premises. If the Director identifies a violation of the minimum standards for vacant buildings, a notice of violation may be issued pursuant to Section 22.206.220. Thereafter the premises shall be ...

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