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Projects in Seattle that involve new or changed uses of property, construction or alteration of a building usually require a permit from Seattle's Department of Construction and Inspections. In this section of EveryBlock, we publish building permits recently issued by the department, so you can find out about major building projects near you.

Here, you'll find information about projects that range from simple electrical rewiring to complex matters involving city reviews of commercial and multifamily developments. Each report includes the location of the project, the date the permit was issued, a description, a permit number and information about the permit category and permit type. Both the permit category and permit type describe what type of work is being permitted.

The data comes from the Daily Permits Issuance page of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. The department updates its information each day, as do we, at EveryBlock.

Repairs or alterations that cost $4,000 or less in a six-month period, and alterations that don't include the removal, reduction, alteration or relocation of any load-bearing support, usually don't require permits. For more information about types of projects that are exempt, the department has a list of frequently asked questions.

Permitting steps vary for each type of project, but the department outlines the process.

Permitting fees are collected at the time of application and are based on the application type and other factors. The Department of Construction and Inspections's Fee Page provides more information and a fee calculator.


  • Source Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
  • Updated Daily