Accessibility and Requests for Accommodations

Seattle City Hall is ADA compliant and the City is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. Please review the following information. If you have additional questions, please contact us through our accommodations form or by calling our customer support team at (206) 684-8888; TTY Relay 7-1-1.

Accommodations

Location of City Hall

Location of City Hall

Seattle's City Hall is bordered by Fifth Avenue to the East, Fourth Avenue to the West, Cherry Street to the North and James Street to the South.  Main entrances are located on Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue.  Both entrances are equipped with automatic doors.  The main lobby is located on Fifth Avenue where security is also located and available to assist as needed. See our location in Google Maps.

City Hall Floor Directory

City Hall Floor Directory

L1 - Fourth Avenue Entrance; Seattle Channel
L2 - Boards and Commissions Conference room; Anne Focke Gallery
1 -  Fifth Avenue entrance; City Hall Lobby; Customer Service Bureau; Bertha Knight Landes room; Security; Café
2 - City Council Offices; Legislative Department; Council Chambers
3 - Office of the City Clerk; Property Management; Debt Manager; Building Conference Room
4 - City Attorney's Office
5 - Office of Intergovernmental Relations
6 - City Budget Office
7 - Office of the Mayor

Main Entries to City Hall

Main Entries to City Hall (Fourth and Fifth Avenue)

Fourth Avenue Access

Entrance to City Hall on Fourth Avenue

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  • Enter the glass doors at the Northwest corner of the building (Fourth Avenue and Cherry Street).
  • The doors are directly to the right of Einstein Brothers Bagels, on Fourth Avenue.  The doors are bordered with metal barrier poles.  A metal grate is embedded in the ground directly in front of the doors. The water feature is south of the entrance. If you reach it, you have gone too far south.
  • Proceed forward and slightly to the right towards the two elevators.  Take this set of elevators up two floors to floor 1 which is City Hall's main lobby and the Fifth Avenue level.
  • Proceed forward to the bank of 4 elevators on your left.  These elevators go to floors L1 through 7.

Accessing the building from Fifth Avenue

Entrace to City Hall on Fifth Avenue

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  • From the Southeast corner of the building (James Street and Fifth Avenue), walk North, approximately one third of the way down the block on Fifth Avenue.  Turn left and enter through the glass doors leading into the main lobby of the building (floor 1).  The doors are bordered with metal barrier poles.  A metal grate is embedded in the ground directly in front of the doors.
  • Proceed diagonally right to the bank of four elevators.
  • Take the elevator to floors L1 through 7


When you face the elevators located on floor 1 of City Hall's main lobby, a security guard is stationed to the right of the elevator bank and is available to answer any questions.

City Hall Lobby with elevator bank and security guard station

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Disability Parking Access

Disability Parking Access

Entrance to the City Hall parking garage between Fifth and Fourth Streets on James Street.

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There are eight, first-come, first-served, parking spaces for use in the City Hall garage for those with a state-issued disability placard or license plates. City Hall does not offer public parking; this area is for people with disabilities only. The entrance is located on James Street.

  • Heading West on James Street, turn right into the driveway approximately one quarter of the way down James Street. The driveway is short and steep.   On the driver's side of the car, a call box is available for you to contact security and ask for admittance into the parking garage.  Press the dark gray round button on the bottom right hand corner of the call box. The gate will open for you to enter the garage after security has provided access.
  • The door entrance to City Hall can be located directly to the left of the second gate which leads to a restricted parking area.
  • Proceed to the bank of four elevators directly ahead.
  • Take elevator to floors L1 through 7. Floor 1 is the lobby floor of City Hall.

Parking Garage with entrance to the left of the gate

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Close up of the parking garage entrance into City Hall

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Elevators

Elevators

Elevator banks are located inside on the Fourth and Fifth avenue entries of City Hall. Please refer to the main entries to City Hall section on this page for detailed information.

Security/Staff Escort

Security/Staff Escort

Onsite security is available during normal business hours to assist you (7:00 AM to 6:00 PM). The security desk is located in the main lobby of City Hall (Fifth Avenue level, floor 1) directly to the right of the four elevators that lead to all City Hall floors.

The security desk in the main lobby of City Hall.

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Restrooms

Restrooms

Restrooms are accessible and available on each level of City Hall.  For assistance in locating the restrooms, please have security or the floor receptionist assist you.

Wheelchair Seating in Chambers

Wheelchair Seating in Chambers

Wheelchair accessible seating is available in Council Chambers in the first two rows. Automatic doors are available for entry into the Chambers.  The center podium is accessible for those who would like to provide public comment.

American Sign Language

American Sign Language

Availability of service providers varies, so please provide two to three weeks' notice for regularly scheduled events. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests for last minute meetings.  Requests can be made through our customer support team at (206) 684-8888; TTY Relay 7-1-1.

Translation and Interpretation

Translation and Interpretation

Availability of service providers varies, so please provide two to three weeks' notice for regularly scheduled events. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests for last minute meetings.  Requests can be made through our customer support team at (206) 684-8888; TTY Relay 7-1-1. Non-English language information can also be found on the seattle.gov website.

Commonly requested languages are listed below as examples. Please contact us for more translation and interpretation services.

Vietnamese:
Các dịch vụ thông dịch có thể hiện có cho ngôn ngữ sau đây: Tiếng Việt

Spanish:
Se pueden ofrecer servicios de interpretación para el siguiente idioma: Español

Tagalog:
May mga Serbisyo sa Pagsasalinwika na maaaring magamit para sa mga sumusunod: Tagalog

Somali:
Adeegyada Turjubaanista ayaa lagu heli karaa: Soomaali

Korean:
다음 언어 관련 번역 서비스를 이용할 수 있습니다: 한국어

Simplified Chinese:
可提供以下语言的口译服务:中文

Traditional Chinese:
可提供以下語言的口譯服務:中文

Service Animals

Service Animals

Service animals are permitted inside City Hall and must remain under control of the owner at all times. If you intend to bring a service animal to an event, please contact our customer support team at (206) 684-8888; TTY Relay 7-1-1, so that an appropriate seat can be reserved for you. Standard ADA guidelines regarding service animals are applicable.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive Listening Devices

FM assistive listening devices and neck loops are available in Council Chambers during all meetings of the City Council. Please check-in with Council staff upon arrival to request a device.  Assistive listening devices are also available at off-site Council meetings.  Please contact our customer support team at (206) 684-8888; TTY Relay 7-1-1, for additional information.

Additional Services

Additional Services

Any individual wishing to request FM assistive listening devices, printed materials, American Sign Language and translation services or other reasonable accommodations should do so as soon as possible.  Every effort will be made to accommodate each request. Please direct your requests and questions to our customer support team at (206) 684-8888; TTY Relay 7-1-1.

To view Council meetings live and streaming online, please visit the Seattle City Council website. To listen to live broadcasts of meetings via telephone please call our listen line at 206-684-8566.

Accommodations Form

Accommodations Form