How do I create an account?
To create a new account, go to the Seattle Services Portal and click on Register for an Account in the upper right corner. Read How to Create a New Account or watch the How to Create a Seattle Services Portal Account video for step-by-step instructions. If you’re having trouble, some common mistakes are:
- Entering an incorrect or invalid address. Check your address for typos.
- Entering an incorrect or invalid phone number. The phone number should start with the country code in the first box. It defaults to (+1) for the U.S. You then enter the area code and phone number in the box below.
- Trying to create an account for somebody that already has one. If your contact information is already in the system, you will be given the option to use that account.
Once you’ve created an account, you need to activate it before you can use it. You will receive an email from the Seattle Services Portal. Follow the instructions in the email to activate the account. If you don’t see an email soon after you create your account, check your junk folders.
How do I schedule an SDCI application intake appointment?
SDCI is usually booked about 16-18 weeks into the future for intake appointments. To schedule an appointment, you need to select a potential date from the calendar and wait for the Confirm Date button to appear. Once that button appears, you will be able to pick the date and schedule the appointment. Since the calendar shows all dates that have appointments – whether booked or available – we highly recommend that you start looking for dates well in the future.
Tip: Submit your completed application early to be eligible for an earlier appointment in case of a cancellation. Once you submit your application, we’ll add your project to the express lane. This means your application will likely be taken in well ahead of your scheduled appointment. We can usually take in your application within 2-3 weeks after you upload your complete application.
How can somebody else take action on my SDCI project?
If you need somebody, such as a coworker, contractor, permit runner, architect, etc., to be able to take action on an application in your account, you can add them as a contact to that application. You must do this when you first create the application. The new contact will need to create an account. Once that person has an account and is added as a contact, that person will have full rights to manage the application, including the ability to upload corrections and make revisions. The new contact will be able to see your application under My Records. Read our article on How to Add Contacts to Your Application.
You need to add these contacts to your permit application every time you apply. If you work frequently with the same people, it’s best to add those contacts to your account. Then, each time you apply, you can quickly select the appropriate contact from your account and add it to your application. See How to Add Additional Contacts to Your Account for instructions.
Can I submit my SDCI construction or land use application without a PAR report?
We allow customers to schedule intake appointments before they have a PAR (preliminary assessment report). However, you must submit the PAR with your application. If you don’t, we will reject your application, adding additional time to your permit process.
How do I apply for Early Design Guidance?
If you need help on applying for Early Design Guidance, please read How to Submit Your EDG Application for step-by-step instructions.
Can somebody else pay my fees?
Currently, the fee payment step for preliminary applications prevents submission until the inspection fee is paid. We’re working to revise the steps in that process to allow submission and place the project in a “waiting for fee payment” status so that it will be available for anyone to pay them. In the meantime, you can have another party pay your SDCI fees by calling the cashiers. For new projects where you want your client to be able to pay fees at any step, you can add them as a contact when you’re creating the preliminary application (see How to Add Contacts to Your Application).
How do I add/merge/remove contacts on an existing application or permit?
Customers can only add contacts to their application when they are creating their preliminary application. You cannot merge contacts or remove contacts from an application or permit. If you need to manage contacts on an existing application or permit, you need to email SCI_ASC_support@seattle.gov.
How do I print my receipt?
If you want a receipt for your fee payment, print it as soon as you have submitted your payment. Once you submit your payment, you will receive a Thank You screen with a Print Receipt button. If you don’t print the receipt then, you will not be able to get a receipt later. Your record will, however, show that you don’t owe fees after you have paid them. We are working to add the ability to regenerate the receipt from the Portal.
How do I find my project/record status?
You can find status information using the “Find Existing” function on the Portal homepage. Select the correct permit type from the list and enter the record number. You’ll see a link for Status under Record Info. For more detailed instructions on how to find a status, read How to Find the Status of a Record or Find the Status of an Inspection.
What does my status mean?
In general, an hourglass symbol means a task is in progress and a green checkmark means a task is complete. To understand what your status means, see What Does My Permit Status Mean, What Does My Trade License & Annual Equipment Status Mean?, or What Does My Complaint Status Mean?