Legislation, Rules, Records & Resources

The Office of the City Clerk keeps the Legislative documents for the City of Seattle, in addition to overseeing the Seattle Municipal Archive. We have a searchable online database that contains extensive information and documentation.

Legislation


Council Bills/ Ordinances
- 1869-present
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.

City Council Resolutions - 1890-present
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.

Comptroller/ Clerk Files - 1895-present
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.

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

Recent LegislationSummary lists of City of Seattle Ordinances


Legislative Process Documents


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
City Council Budget Committee records are added to this database as they become available throughout the budget process.

City Council Committee History
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. 31391.

Rules governing Council procedures for quasi-judicial proceedings, as amended through Resolution No. 31375.

Citizen Initiative and Referenda Guides


The Seattle Municipal Code & 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.