Summary: Small business is important to Seattle and to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI). If your business is moving into a new space or expand-ing in your current location, you are likely to need a use and building permit from SDCI. “Use” is the activity and occupation within a building or portion of building, such as retail or auto repair. Tip 102 is designed to guide small business owners through SDCI’s permit process. We strongly urge you to visit SDCI early in your planning. If at all possible, discuss your business plans with our coaching staff before you lease or buy new space. Researching your project with SDCI may uncover issues that will require special attention.

Date Revised: 07/25/2022

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