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Seattle Stormwater Code Compliance for Small Projects

This session will provide training to architects working on projects in Seattle that are too small to warrant a dedicated civil engineer on the project team.


Learning objectives of this session include:

  • Understand why the Seattle Stormwater Code exists, why it matters, and what its current and future goals are.
  • Understand the thresholds that trigger a Drainage Review during permitting at SDCI, and understand how that differs from field inspection thresholds.
  • Learn the most common compliance methods for small projects, understand how they vary by site conditions, and how to document them correctly for permit review.
  • Understand the various SDCI Director’s Rulings that impact drainage reviews and site inspections.
  • Learn about the most common issues that come up during site inspections and how architects can support their successful resolution.
  • Learn how SDCI can offer support during the design phases.


Presenters joining us from SDCI:

Eric Dripps is a Drainage Reviewer at Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections with 18 years of experience as a Civil Engineer, including 10 years with the City of Seattle. With experience both as a Design Engineer and as a public administrator, Eric has a well-rounded ability to understand requirements for City Code and how to help applicants meet those requirements.

By focusing on Engineering practices as well as communication and education with the public Eric has been able to put his B.S in Civil Engineering from University of Maryland and M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University to good use. Over the years, Eric has provided numerous educational sessions for the public, assisted in updating code documents, and worked to have better communication with and consistent reviews for applicants.  When they’re not at SDCI, Eric enjoys riding bikes, walking with his dog around the city and traveling.




Roxanne Kennedy was born and raised in rural Kansas.   She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983 at Saint Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City Kansas. After graduation she moved to Seattle on August 1st, of that year.  In 1987 Roxanne attended Heavy Equipment training at Edmonds Community College. Two years later she was hired as an equipment operator for a plat developer based out of Renton, installing infrastructure utilities for large apartment and housing complexes. During the economic downturn that company dissolved.  In 1991 she was hired as an equipment operator at Aces Four Construction, a small family-owned company installing sewer and drainage primarily for new construction in the greater Seattle Metro area. In 2013, Roxanne was hired as a Site Development Inspector at the City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Currently she is the Out Of Class (OOC) manager for the site development team.




November 8, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Price
Class Credit