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Parking
Managing Parking
Public Safety
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Alley & Security Lighting
Crime Prevention
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STOP SIGNS AND SPEED REDUCTION
TRAFFIC SIGNALS
MARKED CROSSWALKS
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City Parks
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Street Vendors
Additional Information
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Business Dists., Merchants Assns., Chambers of Commerce
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SERVICES TO BUSINESSES

This matrix lists various free services available to businesses from the City of Seattle ’s various departments. Services may change; please check with the individual department to confirm availability.

 

Services Available

Department/
Contact

Application Process

Requirements/Criteria

Arts Resource Network

On-line resource for businesses interested in developing an arts project or cultural event for their district

Web site

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs


Kathy Hsieh
(206) 733-9926
kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov

N/A

N/A

Job Web-board

Post or look for jobs in the arts or cultural sector;
Calls for Artists Web-board: post a call for artists for your banner, signage, brochure design, etc. project

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs


Kathy Hsieh
(206) 733-9926
kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov

N/A

Click to Register

Public Art Road -Map

Online educational guide for neighborhood groups that wish to create or place public works of visual art in their district.

View the map

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs


Ruri Yampolsky
(206) 684-7309
ruri.yampolsky@seattle.gov

N/A

N/A

Neighborhood & Community Arts Program

Connect with your local neighborhood arts council or stewardship group to develop arts & cultural projects to enhance your business district.

Funding is available for producing recurring festival or events that promote arts participation, build community relations and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods using arts & culture.

 

 

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs


Michelle Blackmon
(206) 733-9576
michelle.blackmon@seattle.gov

N/A

N/A

Free email discussion lists

(or listservs) for holding community discussions online or to send out broadcast messages. For more information

Department of
Information Technology


Derrick Hall
(206) 233-5061
derrick.hall@seattle.gov

Requests are accepted year round.
Contact Derrick Hall

Must be a neighborhood or community group located in Seattle .

Free web hosting on the City of Seattle ’s website (Seattle.gov).
For more information

Department of
Information Technology

Bruce Blood
(206) 386-1758
bruce.blood@seattle.gov

Requests are accepted year round.
Contact Bruce Blood.

Must be a neighborhood or community group located in Seattle .

Does not support separate domain names or email addresses for your group.

Free posters of the Seattle.gov website and onsite workshops tailored to your community on how to navigate and use the information on the site.

Department of
Information Technology


Delia Burke
(206) 233-2751
delia.burke@seattle.gov

Requests are accepted year round.
Contact Delia Burke.

Information available to all. The poster emphasizes web links to services of particular interest to underserved communities.

Free high speed Internet connections, including installation, troubleshooting and support.

 

Department of
Information Technology


Derrick Hall
(206) 233-5061
derrick.hall@seattle.gov

Applications are accepted year round. Click foor more information and to download an application

Must be a non-profit or governmental organization that provides technology access or training for community use. Must be located in the City of Seattle within the Comcast service area.

Curb Ramps

 

Seattle Department
of Transportation


Trung Pham
(206) 684-5377
trung.pham@seattle.gov

Call the department to learn the current availability and to request installation.

Location must be in the public right-of-way.

Employee Commute Trip Assistance
(Small Business Access Package)

Seattle Department
of Transportation

Large employers (100+ employees) contact King County Metro at (206) 263-3444
employer.program@metrokc.gov

Assistance in understanding the available choices for employees to come to work, but leave their car at home, and reduce the demand for parking spaces in the district.

Varies:

Large employers (100+ employees) click here

Smaller employers
click here

Tree Pruning & Tree Pit Maintenance

Seattle Department
of Transportation

Nolan Rundquist
(206) 684-TREE
nolan.rundquist@seattle.gov

Call the department to learn the current availability and to request services.

Tree must be in the public right-of-way.

Parking – General Assistance

Seattle Department
of Transportation

Randy Wiger
(206) 684-8186
randy.wiger@seattle.gov

Call the department to learn the current availability and to request assistance.

Available to business districts and neighborhoods within Urban Village boundaries.

Visit the SDOT Parking Tools Page

Parking – On-Street
(for Customers)

Seattle Department
of Transportation

For installing paid parking,
contact Nora Chin
(206) 684-5381
nora.chin@seattle.gov

For installing parking time limits,
contact Ken Wong
(206) 684-5104
ken.wong@seattle.gov

For questions about pay stations,
contact Meghan Shepard
(206) 684-4208
meghan.shepard@seattle.gov

Contact the department to learn of opportunities for paid parking or parking time limits.

A department review for installing paid parking or parking time limits uses several criteria, such as length of stay and total usage.

Parking - Enforcement

For enforcement, call the non-emergency police number at 206-625-5011.

To discuss area-wide or ongoing enforcement needs, abandoned cars,
and parking rules and regulations, please contact the Parking Enforcement
Supervisors at 206-386-9012.

To report abandoned vehicles, please call the Abandoned Vehicle line at
206-684-8763 or use the online form at:

https://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/police/forms/Abandoned_Vehicles.htm

Free City surplus computers

Human Services Department

Charleen Perras
206-684-0124
charleen.perras@seattle.gov

 

Requests are accepted year round.

Click for application

 

Must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, human service agency or school.