Departments and Agencies

City Auditor

206-233-3801 | davidg.jones@seattle.gov | David G. Jones, City Auditor
To help the City of Seattle achieve honest, efficient management and full accountability throughout City government.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 2410
Seattle, WA 98104
City Auditor
PO Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729
City Budget Office oversees all aspect of the city's budget. The web site includes current and archived budgets, capital improvement programs, economic updates and other related information.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave
Floor 6
Seattle, WA 98124
City Budget Office
PO Box 94747
Seattle, WA 98124-4747
206-684-3000 | respond.scl@seattle.gov | Jorge Carrasco, Superintendent
Seattle City Light was created by the citizens of Seattle in 1902 to provide affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound electric power to the City of Seattle and neighboring suburbs. Owned by the community it serves, City Light is a nationally recognized leader in energy efficiency, renewable resource development, and environmental stewardship. Seattle City Light provides electric power to more than 360,000 residential, business, and industrial customers. Its service area of 131.3 square miles includes the City of Seattle, areas north of Seattle including the city of Shoreline and parts of Lake Forest Park, and areas south of Seattle including the cities of Burien, Tukwila, and SeaTac.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 3300
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle City Light
PO Box 34023
Seattle, WA 98124-4023
206-684-0444 | ContractingServices@seattle.gov | Nancy Locke, Division Director
The City of Seattle has three types of purchasing and contracting: Purchasing (goods and routine services), Construction and Public Works, Consultant Contracting. The City Purchasing & Contracting Services Division (PCSD) is centralized within the Department of Finance and Administrative Services, for goods, products, materials, supplies and routine services. PCSD administers the bid, award, execution and close-out of public works projects for City departments. PCSD also maintains the City guidelines and procedures for consultant contracting.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 4112
Seattle, WA 98104
City Purchasing
PO Box 94687
Seattle, WA 98124-4687

Customer Service Bureau

206-684-2489 | Contact Us | Fred Podesta
Established in 1965, the Customer Service Bureau’s mission is to assist customers in accessing City services and to achieve fairness, justice, and exemplary customer service throughout Seattle City government.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle City Hall
601 5th Ave
First Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Customer Service Bureau
PO Box 94726
Seattle, WA 98124-4726
206-684-8090 | oed@seattle.gov | Stephen H. Johnson, Director
The mission of the Office of Economic Development (OED) is to help create healthy businesses, thriving neighborhoods, and community organizations to contribute to a robust economy that will benefit all Seattle residents and future generations. OED's programs are designed to: attract, welcome, and retain companies in traditional and emerging industries by promoting the advantages of doing business in Seattle, and providing one-on-one assistance to businesses; strengthen neighborhood business districts and support community-based economic development across Seattle, with special emphasis on low-income communities; assist large employers and small businesses to retain and grow Seattle's base of businesses and family-wage jobs; increase apprenticeship and training opportunities to ensure that Seattle will have skilled workers capable of meeting the region's current and future work force needs; and improve customer satisfaction for businesses accessing City services.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 5752
Seattle, WA 98104
Office of Economic Development
PO Box 94708
Seattle, WA 98124-4708
206-233-5076 | snap@seattle.gov | Barb Graff, Director
The Seattle Office of Emergency Management partners with the community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Emergency Operations Center
105 5th Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
Emergency Management Operations
PO Box 34986
Seattle, WA 98124-4986

Finance and Administrative Services

206-684-2489 | Fred Podesta, Director
Finance and Administrative Services provides a diverse variety of services to City departments and the public, including the Customer Service Bureau, citywide operational responsibilities for accounting, payroll, licensing, revenue collection and processing, animal services, weights and measures, treasury activities, purchasing, construction and consultant contracting, risk management, the City's financial management and personnel data systems, and management of City real estate, buildings and vehicles, as well as construction and renovation of fire stations as part of the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy Program.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 5200
Seattle, WA 98104
Department of Finance and Administrative Services
PO Box 94689
Seattle, WA 98124-4689
206-386-1400 | cindy.hutchings@seattle.gov | Gregory Dean, Fire Chief
The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) has 33 fire stations located throughout the City. SFD deploys engine companies, ladder companies, and aid and medic units to mitigate loss of life and property resulting from fires, medical emergencies, and other disasters. The Department also has units for hazardous materials responses, marine responses, and high-angle and confined-space rescues. In addition, SFD provides leadership and members to several disaster response teams: Puget Sound Urban Search and Rescue, Metropolitan Medical Response System, and wildland fire fighting. SFD's fire prevention efforts include: fire code enforcement; inspections and plan reviews of fire and life safety systems in buildings; public-education programs; regulation of hazardous materials storage and processes; and regulation of public assemblies.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Fire Department
301 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Fire Department
301 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
206-684-7999 | Contact Us | Susan Coskey, Director
The Human Resources Department provides human resource services, tools, and expert assistance to departments, policy makers, employees, and the public so that the City of Seattle's diverse work force is deployed, supported, and managed fairly to accomplish the City's business goals in a cost-effective and safe manner.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 5500
Seattle, WA 98124
Seattle Department of Human Resources
PO Box 34028
Seattle, WA 98124-4028
206-386-1001 | Contact Us | John Okamoto, Interim Director
The Human Services Department funds and operates programs and services that meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in our community - families and individuals with low incomes, children, domestic violence and sexual assault victims, homeless people, seniors, and persons with disabilities. We invest in programs that help people gain independence and success.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 5800
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Human Services Department
PO Box 34215
Seattle, WA 98124-4215
206-684-0600 | doitreceptionist@seattle.gov | Michael Mattmiller, Chief Technology Officer
The Seattle Department of Information Technology is responsible for providing technology services and policy planning for our customers, Seattle's citizens and City of Seattle departments and employees.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 2700
Seattle, WA 98104
Department of Information Technology
PO Box 94709
Seattle, WA 98124-4709
206-684-0464 | Bernie Agor Matsuno, Director
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides resources and opportunities for community members to build strong communities and improve their quality of life. With more than 180 neighborhoods in the city, we meet people where they are and play a key role in helping neighbors develop a stronger sense of place, build closer ties, and engage with their communities and city government.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Office for Education

(206) 233-5118 | EducationOffice@Seattle.gov | Holly Miller, Director
The Office for Education administers the Seattle Families and Education Levy in pursuit of three goals: All of Seattle's youth enter kindergarten prepared to succeed, achieve academically as students, and graduate from high school prepared for college or career. In addition OFE also manages multiple programs that include the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Seattle Preschool Program, and Read & Rise.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98104
Office for Education
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
206-684-7171 | arts.culture@seattle.gov | Randy Engstrom, Director
The Office of Arts & Culture promotes the value of arts and culture in, and of, communities throughout Seattle. It strives to ensure that a wide range of high-quality artistic experiences are available to everyone, encourage artist-friendly arts and cultural policy, and promote Seattle as a cultural destination. The Office is a resource for the entire City, focusing on the artist, the creative life of the community, and the next generation.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 1766
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
PO Box 94748
Seattle, WA 98124-4748

Office of Cable Communications

206-684-8498 | cableoffice@seattle.gov | Tony Perez, Director of Cable Communications
Office of Cable Communications (OCC) has overall responsibility for issues related to cable television and cable Internet service for Seattle residents.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 2700
Seattle, WA 98104
Office of Cable and Communications
PO Box 94709
Seattle, WA 98124-4709
206-684-5030 | Contact Us | Kate Becker, Director
The Office of Film and Music is devoted to promoting Seattle's film and music industries. The Seattle Film + Music Office is a streamlined resource for all of your film and music needs. We offer creative tax incentives and professional business development opportunities, making this vibrant city the perfect background for your next film or music production. Let Seattle be your stage for creating and discovering great film and music.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 5752
Seattle, WA 98104
Office of Film + Music
PO Box 94708
Seattle, WA, WA 98124-4708
206-684-0721 | Seattle.Housing@seattle.gov | Steve Walker, Director
The mission of the Office of Housing (OH) is to invest in and promote the development and preservation of affordable housing that offers the opportunity for the City to thrive. In order to accomplish this mission, OH has established four budget control levels, including the Multi-Family Production and Preservation program, Home ownership and Sustainability program, Community Development program, and the Administration and Management program.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 5700
Seattle, WA 98104
Office of Housing
PO Box 94725
Seattle, WA 98124-4725
(206) 233-3886 | OIRA@seattle.gov | Cuc Vu, Acting Director
Helping individuals and families get the access they need to government.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave
Floor 6
Seattle, WA 98124
Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
PO Box 94745
Seattle, WA 98124

Office of Intergovernmental Relations

206-684-0213 | Contact Us | Nick Harper, Director
The Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) promotes the interests of the City of Seattle with local, regional, state, federal and international governments.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave
5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98124
Office of Intergovernmental Relations
PO Box 94746
Seattle, WA 98124-4746
(206) 615-0817 | Jill Simmons, Director
We collaborate with City agencies, business groups, nonprofit organizations, and other partners to protect and enhance Seattle's distinctive environmental quality and livability.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 2748
Seattle, WA 98104
Office of Sustainability & Environment
PO Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729
206-684-8344 | clerk@seattle.gov | Monica Martinez Simmons, City Clerk
The Office of the City Clerk maintains the City's official records, provides support for the City Council, and manages the City's historical records through the Seattle Municipal Archives. The Clerk's Office provides information services to the public and to City staff. The Office of the City Clerk is a part of the City of Seattle Legislative Department.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave
3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Office of the City Clerk
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA 98124-4728

Office of the Waterfront

Jared Smith, Program Director
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave
5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Office of the Waterfront
PO Box 94746
Seattle, WA 98124-4746
206-684-8600 | Contact Us | Diane M. Sugimura, Director
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) develops, administers and enforces standards for land use, design, construction and housing within the Seattle city limits. DPD is also responsible for long-range planning, including Seattle's Comprehensive Plan and related projects-transportation improvements, neighborhood business revitalization, downtown and waterfront planning, and more.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98124
Department of Planning and Development
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Retirement Office

206-386-1293 | retirecity@seattle.gov | Kenneth J. Nakatsu, Interim Executive Director
The City of Seattle Employees' Retirement Office has two major functions: administration of retirement benefits and management of the assets of the Retirement Fund. Employee and employer contributions as well as investment earnings provide funding for the System. The provisions of the plan are set forth in Chapter 4.36 of the Seattle Municipal Code. The plan is a "defined benefit plan," which means an employee's salary, years of service, and age at the time of retirement are used to determine the amount of retirement benefits. Retirees are given a choice of several payment options. The Retirement Office is led by a seven-member Board of Administration, and an Executive Director appointed by the Board.
Office location:
Pacific Building
720 3rd Ave
9th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
206-386-7387 (PETS) | robin.klunder@seattle.gov | Don Jordan, Director
Seattle Animal Shelter is committed to saving the lives of animals through adoption, foster care, spay and neuter programs, law enforcement and community outreach.
Office location:
Seattle Animal Shelter
2061 15th Ave W
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206-684-7200 | sc.customerservice@seattle.gov | Robert Nellams, Director
Seattle Center is a valued civic asset with community roots that reach back in time to native tribes and pioneers. Today, more than 10 million people visit the 74-acre campus each year. 78 percent of Seattle residents visit Seattle Center an average of 9 times a year. They attend one of the 5,400 free public performances, retreat in the 22 acres of landscaped gardens and fountains, or visit 1 of the 21 cultural, educational and sports organizations that call Seattle Center home.
Office location:
Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
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The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) develops, maintains, and operates a transportation system that promotes the mobility of people and goods, and enhances the quality of life, environment, and economy of Seattle. In June 2002, SDOT was created by combining transportation planning from the former Strategic Planning Office with the former Seattle Transportation Department to bring a more comprehensive approach to transportation service delivery. A major element of SDOT's creation was the establishment of the Policy, Planning, and Major Projects division, which is charged with transportation system planning and providing increased control and influence over major projects under construction in Seattle.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 3900
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Department of Transportation
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

Seattle Municipal Court

206-684-8709 | Contact Us | C. Kimi Kondo, Presiding Judge
The Municipal Court, established in accordance with State law, is the Judicial department of the City. Seattle voters elect seven judges and those judges then appoint judicial officers called Magistrates. The Court is authorized by the State of Washington and the Seattle Municipal Code to hear and decide both criminal and civil matters.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Justice Center
600 5th Avenue
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Seattle Justice Center
PO BOX 34987
Seattle, WA 98124-4987
206-684-4500 | Contact Us | Patricia Lally, Director
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) works to ensure that everyone in Seattle has equal access to housing, employment, public accommodations, and contracting. SOCR investigates and enforces City, State, and Federal anti-discrimination laws, and provides public policy recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and other City departments. The Office develops and implements policies and programs promoting fairness, equity, and diversity. It also administers the Title VI program of the 1964 Federal Civil Rights Act, and Title II of the federal ADA Act.
Office location:
Central Building
810 3rd Avenue
Suite 750
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206-684-4075 | Contact Us | Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent
Seattle Parks and Recreation works with all citizens to be good stewards of the environment, and to provide safe, welcoming opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community. Seattle Parks and Recreation manages 400 parks and open areas in its approximately 6,200-acre park system. This includes 224 parks, 185 athletic fields, 112 neighborhood play areas, 9 swimming beaches, 18 fishing piers, 4 golf courses, and 22 miles of boulevards. Other Parks and Recreation facilities include 151 outdoor tennis courts, 24 community centers, 8 indoor and 2 outdoor swimming pools, 27 wading pools, a nationally recognized Rose Garden, the Seattle Aquarium, and more. The Woodland Park Zoological Society operates the Zoo with City financial support.
Office location:
Seattle Park Headquarters
100 Dexter Ave N
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206-625-5011 | Contact Us | Kathleen O'Toole, Chief of Police
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) prevents crime, enforces laws, and supports quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional, and dependable police services. SPD operates within a framework that divides the city into five geographical areas called "precincts". These precincts define east, west, north, south, and southwest patrol areas, with a police station in each.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Justice Center
600 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Police Department
PO Box 34986
Seattle, WA 98124-4986
206-386-4636 | Contact Us | Marcellus Turner, City Librarian
The Seattle Public Library, founded in 1891, includes the Central Library, 24 neighborhood libraries, mobile services, and the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library. The Library is governed by a five-member citizens' board of trustees, which is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Board members serve five-year terms and meet monthly.
Office location:
Seattle Central Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
206-684-3000 | Contact Us | Ray Hoffman, Director
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility. The Water Utility provides more than 1.3 million customers in King County with a reliable water supply; the Drainage and Wastewater Utility collects and disposes of sewage and storm water; and the Solid Waste Utility collects and disposes of recycling, yard waste, and residential and commercial garbage. All three utilities strive to operate in a cost-effective, innovative and environmentally responsible manner. SPU also houses the Engineering Services line of business, which serves both City departments and outside agencies, providing efficient, customer-oriented engineering services that assist clients with replacing, improving, and expanding facilities with the least possible disruption to the community.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Public Utilities
PO Box 34018
Seattle, WA 98124-4018

Special Events Office

206-233-3948 | Chris.Swenson@seattle.gov | Christopher Swenson, Program Manager
The City of Seattle plays a strong role in helping event planners bring people together safely and successfully in both city-wide and neighborhood events. The Seattle Special Events Office processes applications for review by the Special Events Committee and the City's Film and Special Event Permit Specialist serves as your primary contact with the Seattle Special Events Committee.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 5752
Seattle, WA 98104
Special Events Office
PO Box 94708
Seattle, WA 98124-4708