NEWS & BLOG

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  • Month-to-Month Unemployment Figures Improve

    Posted on Sep 24, 2020 in:
    • Builder's Bulletin
    The Washington unemployment rate for August showed some improvement on a monthly basis, moving to 8.5%, compared to 10.2% the previous month. The Seattle/Bellevue/Everett unemployment rate fell from 8.2% in July to 7.4% in August. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate in Snohomish County was 3.0%, and 2.7% in King County. The August 2020 Monthly Employment Report marks the sixth month since the impacts of COVID-19 started showing up in the local labor market.
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  • Redmond Amends Building and Fire Codes

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • RBC
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Amendments to the City’s Building Code Ordinance and Fire Code Ordinance align with current State standards. In addition, the City amended fees to provide for fire permits associated with the adoption of the 2018 Redmond Fire Code.
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  • Pre-Approved DADU Plans Are Now Available on ADUniverse

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • SBC
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    This new website features pre-approved backyard cottage designs, a step-by-step guide to the ADU process, and data on the feasibility of building a DADU on your lot. By using a pre-approved design, homeowners can expect to get their permit in two to six weeks and save about $1,500 in permit fees.
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  • Kenmore Adopts Changes to ADU Regulations

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    • Building Codes
    • RBC
    Highlights of the proposal include six-month owner-occupancy requirement, no minimum lot sizes, and no parking requirement.
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  • Bothell Extends Permit and Development Application Timelines

    Posted on Sep 18, 2020 in:
    • DBIC
    • Permitting
    • Advocacy
    • Industry Issues
    The existing extension measure was set to expire October 7. Permits must have been received before January 1, 2020, to be eligible for the extension.
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