Housing & Building Maintenance

See also: Buildings Unfit for Human HabitationVacant Building Standards

What Is It?

Our Housing and Building Maintenance Code applies to all buildings in the City of Seattle. It contains minimum standards for structural integrity, heat, ventilation, electrical equipment, fire safety including exit requirements, and security for housing units. Our code also contains duties of owners and tenants, the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance, and standards for vacant building maintenance.

Our ordinance requires that you:

  • Meet minimum maintenance standards for rental properties
  • Protect vacant buildings from unauthorized entry and weather
  • Follow rules regarding residential tenancies
  • Repair or demolish a building that has been declared unsafe to live in (called “unfit for human habitation” in the code)

What It Isn’t

This ordinance does not cover:

Read the Code

Read the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) section on housing and building maintenance, SMC 22.200 - 22.208.

Proposed Changes

None at this time.

Construction and Inspections

Nathan Torgelson, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019
Phone: (206) 684-8600
Phone Alt: Violation Complaint Line: (206) 615-0808
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SDCI issues land use, construction, and trade permits, conducts construction and housing-related inspections, ensures compliance with our codes, and regulates rental rules. SDCI is committed to an antiracist workplace and to addressing racism through our work in the community.