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Washington Municipal Codes, Ordinances & Administrative Decisions

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Updated Jan. 10, 2014.


This guide identifies city and county codes and administrative decisions for Seattle, King County, and cities and counties in Washington State



Codes & Ordinances

Municipal Code (SMC) from the City Clerk's Office: searchable, also includes the City Charter, ordinances, and some rules.

Other City Codes, including the Building Code, Energy Code, Mechanical Code, etc.

Administrative Decisions & Guidance Documents

City Attorney Public Opinions, currently under construction.

Department of Planning & Development (DPD) (formerly Design, Construction & Land Use Department's (DCLU)

Ethics & Elections Commission Advisory Opinions: searchable database of ethics code advisory opinions: by topic, code section, or text found in annotation.

Office of the Hearing Examiner Decisions: searchable, from 1990.

Data.Seattle: public records datasets, including building, electrical, and land use permits; crime statistics; traffic cameras; etc.


King County

Codes & Ordinances

King County Code from the Clerk of the Council: arranged by title, with an index.

King County Board of Health:

Department of Development and Environmental Services

Policies, Public Rules, and Interlocal Agreements

Administrative Decisions & Databases

Boundary Review Board Decisions: recent decisions only, arranged by file number.

Board of Ethics Advisory Opinions
: with a subject index covering opinions 1001 to 1163.

Recorder's Office Records Search
: land records, marriage licenses, surveys, liens, and other documents filed with the Recorder's Office, searchable, from 1976.

: public records datasets, including budgets, election results, food inspection reports, jail bookings, pet licensing sites, etc.


Other Washington Cities & Counties

The Municipal Research & Services Center has compiled links to other Washington city and county codes.


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