Lseichel, Home Buyer in North Beach/ Blue Ri...

Are there building restrictions in the North Beach area? How far above ground can you build? What designates grade?

Asked by Lseichel, North Beach/ Blue Ridge, Seattle, WA Sun Mar 28, 2010

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Architects, permit expediters, much better resources for answering this than real estate agents.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 30, 2010
The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has a grerat list of Client Assistance Memos at the link that I've sent to you. If you search the list you should be able to find the answer to your height question. Grade should be described and you need to look at the precise wording. It used to be called "Original" Grade which is open to interpretation. Where was the grade before the fill or excavation was made? It usually an average of some sort between the high and low points of the lot.
Have fun.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 30, 2010
Dan's right, these are very specific questions. You'll have different building restrictions if you're on a flat grade vs. the water view and waterfront homes on steep bank lots. Many have height restrictions, but there are also certain properties with specific building restrictions.

You should have an agent research specific properties for you if you're looking to build or expand a home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 29, 2010
These are questions which should be asked of the Seattle Building Code Office. Agents often know some of this information, but I recommend getting your facts straight from the governing authority. When you do, write down some notes including the person you spoke to, the day and time. Unfortunately two people working in the same office may have different interpretations of the rules. By having a written record, should there ever be a misunderstanding you'll have something concrete to refer back to.
I've posted a link to the Permit office. Give them a call tomorrow and see what they have to say. Good luck with your project.
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