Municipal Code & City Charter

Seattle Municipal Code

The Seattle Municipal Code, often referred to as the SMC, is a classified compilation of the general and permanent ordinances of the City of Seattle.

The current SMC is published on the website of our codifier, the Municipal Code Corporation, and is also available in print (updated quarterly) in the City Clerk's Office. Printed copies can also be found at some branches of the Seattle Public Library, or can be  ordered from the Municipal Code Corporation.

Historic (that is, no longer active) versions of the SMC are also available online and at our office.

Seattle City Charter

The City Charter, adopted by the City's voters as prescribed by the Washington State Constitution, embodies the fundamental principles of the City, defines the City's powers and duties, and guarantees certain rights to the people. In addition to the current Charter, published by the Municipal Code Corporation and linked above, four historic versions of the Charter have been posted by the Seattle Municipal Archives.