Thursday, May 23, 2013

How To Access the Permit and Property Records for Seattle Development Projects

If you are curious about a project and want to review the documents filed with the city so far, go to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) search page. On that page you have two choices for searches.

On the left, you can enter the Master Use Project number, which you will find listed on the Notice of Proposed Land Use Action sign posted on the project site. The project number for the Alki 11, for example, is 3014675. The second search option is to enter the address of the project.

When you bring up the project records, you will be able to view: documents submitted by the developer, including architectural plans, an environmental check list, comments submitted by the public during the comment period, correction notices from DPD planners, and more. There can be up to three days lag time from when a document is received by the city and when it is posted on the site, but eventually it is all there for the public to review.

If you want to find out if a permit has been issued or if complaints have been filed, go to the DPD's Permit and Complaint Status page. You will have the same search options.

When you bring up those records, you will find out: the name of the developer, when the permit was applied for, what the zoning is, legal description of property, description of project, related building permits, etc.

Between the two searches, you should be able to get a good idea of where things stand. We have a right to know this information and knowledge is power!