Find Laws and Ordinances

The City Attorney's Office generally helps City departments, the Mayor and the City Council with all types of legal documents, including proposed ordinances to change City law. In most cases, these departments and elected officials shape their own policies and proposals for new laws, with the Law Department providing technical assistance and review.

The City Clerk's Office maintains, updates and publishes the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC). Copies are found in most local public libraries and is also available on the internet at Seattle City Clerk's Online Information Services.