Frequently Asked Questions (General)
People often ask questions related to the appeal process, and in almost every case your question will be answered in one of the following documents. If these documents fail to address your concerns or questions please contact us directly so that we may assist you. To view these documents please click on the links below:
- The Public Guide is a easy to read document that explains the appeal process and how to participate in it.
- The Rules of Practice and Procedures provide the rules for handling your appeal with the Office of Hearing Examiner.
VIEW the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) and in field called "Code Section Number" type in "Hearing Examiner" and click the submit query button.
- The SMC includes important information about what the Hearing Examiner is allowed to do and/or required to do.
Whom do I contact if want to order a tape or CD recording (all hearings prior to 10/2006 are on tape) of my hearing so that I can listen to the proceedings?
- We would be happy to make copies of CDs or tapes for you. This may take between 24 and 48 hours for CDs and tapes that are housed here in our offices, but for CDs and tapes that are being held in archives it can take between 1 and 2 weeks to complete. The CDs and tapes are $3.00 and payment is required in advance of copying.
How do I listen to tapes or CDs of the proceedings?
- All tapes are formatted to play in a standard cassette tape player. If you have a CD - please click here to find instructions for downloading the free audio player.
How do I order official transcripts of the proceedings?
- Directions for ordering transcripts can be found on our Transcripts page.
What if I have a general complaint, but it does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Hearing Examiner?
- You can contact the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489, and they will assist you in resolving your complaint.
If I need to contact someone in the City involved in my appeal how do I find their phone number?
- You can look up contact information by visiting the online directory at http://www.seattle.gov/directory/.
Can I read a review of the Hearing Examiner's business for the year?
- This information is in our annual report and can be found by visiting http://www.seattle.gov/examiner/annualrep.htm.
Viewing some of these documents may require Adobe Acrobat. To get a free copy click on the link above and follow the directions.