Initiatives, Referenda, & Charter Amendments Guides

Filing an Initiative, Referendum, or proposed Charter Amendment

The following guides are provided for information only. The Office of the City Clerk is available to assist with procedural questions related to filing petitions. We do not, and cannot, advise on the overall petition process. Petition coordinators and any persons seeking legal advice should consult with a private attorney.


Revised September 2016


Revised September 2016


Revised September 2016

Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to the City Clerk: clerk@seattle.gov, 206‑684‑8344.

Finding Recently-filed Initiatives, Referenda, and Charter Amendments

After they are filed with the City Clerk’s Office, initiatives, referenda and proposed Charter amendments are added to a series of documents called City Clerk Files. You can search the online City Clerk Files database to see initiatives, referenda, and related records filed with the City Clerk.

Explore the History of Citizen Initiatives, Referenda & Charter Amendments

See the Seattle Municipal Archives history of ballot initiatives for a comprehensive history of citizen initiatives, from the year 1910 up through the most recent initiative measures.

See the Archives’ “Quick Information” on the Seattle City Charter for a brief history of Seattle’s City Charter.