Legislative and Related Clerk Records

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Legislation >>

The City Clerk's Office offers two tools for searching legislative records. The first contains agendas, Council minutes, and legislation introduced to Council from February 9, 2015 to the present. The second includes items passed or not passed by Council from the 1860s to February 9, 2015.

Council Bills/Ordinances

Ordinances are City legislation which have the force of law. They are called Council Bills before they are enacted, and become Ordinances if passed by the City Council and approved. The Council Bills and Ordinances index contains the full text of all legislation introduced since January 1996.
Search Council Bills/Ordinances February 9, 2015 - Present
Search Council Bills/Ordinances Prior to February 9, 2015

City Council Resolutions

Resolutions are City legislation of an advisory nature, which state policy, or which take certain actions without the force of law. The Resolution index contains the full text of all legislation introduced since January 1996.
Search Resolutions February 9, 2015 - Present
Search Resolutions Prior to February 9, 2015

Comptroller/ Clerk Files

Clerk and Comptroller Files are official filings of the City which include such items as land use case files before the City Council, appointment files, election campaign reporting files, agency rules, and reports. Selected recent documents contain full text in electronic form.
Search Comptroller/ Clerk Files February 9, 2015 - Present
Search Comptroller/ Clerk Files Prior to February 9, 2015

Combined Legislative Records Search

Combined search across legislation and related records prior to February 9, 2015. Includes indexes to Ordinances, Resolutions, Comptroller/Clerk Files, and Published City Documents.
Search Combined Legislative Records Prior to February 9, 2015

Recent Legislation

Summary lists of City of Seattle Ordinances

Legislative Process >>

Introduction and Referral
At each week's Full Council meeting, the City Council adopts the Introduction and Referral Calendar, which lists proposed Council Bills (C.B.), Resolutions (Res.), and Clerk Files (C.F.) to be introduced and referred to a committee.
City Council Agendas - 2002-present
Agendas of full City Council Meeting and Council Committees are searchable in full text.
City Council Minutes - 2002-present
Minutes of the full City Council meetings are searchable in full text. Minutes of Council Committee meetings are not included.
Budget Documents Database
City Council Budget Committee records are added to this database as they become available throughout the budget process.
City Council Committee History Database
This database contains descriptions, membership information, and dates of existence for Seattle City Council committees from 1946 to the present.
Seattle City Council General Rules and Procedures, as amended through Resolution No. 31489.
Rules governing Council procedures for quasi-judicial proceedings, as amended through Resolution No. 31375.
Citizen Initiative and Referenda Guides

Seattle Municipal Code and City Charter >>

Seattle Municipal Code
The Seattle Municipal Code is a classified compilation of the general and permanent ordinances of the City of Seattle. More on the SMC.
Seattle City Charter
The City Charter embodies the fundamental principles of the City, defines the City's powers and duties, and guarantees certain rights to the people.

Rules, Decisions, and Additional Resources >>

Consultant Contract Index
Index to consultant contracts filed with the City Clerk.
Seattle Ethics and Election Rules
Current administrative rules governing Seattle's Ethics, Elections, Voter's Pamphlet, Lobbying, and Whistleblower codes.
Seattle Hearing Examiner Decisions - 1990-present
Full text of select decisions of the Seattle Hearing Examiner are available online. Current cases are posted monthly (e.g., January decisions are posted in February, etc).
Business Tax Rules
Full text of current administrative rules implementing the Seattle business and occupation tax, SMC 5.45.
Taxicab and For-Hire Vehicles Rules
Full text of current administrative rules implementing the Seattle taxicab and for-hire vehicle regulations.
City of Seattle Public Corporation Reference
SMC Chapter 3.110 requires that public corporations file certain documents and reports with the Seattle City Clerk's Office. The following offers short-cuts to lists of such documents filed with the City Clerk, most recently filed document listed first.
Annexed Cities Reference (1890-1910)