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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:

VIEW the Public Guide to the Office of the Hearing Examiner.

- The Public Guide is a easy to read document that explains the appeal process and how to participate in it.

VIEW the Rules of Practice and Procedures.

- The Rules of Practice and Procedures provide the rules for handling your appeal with the Office of Hearing Examiner.

VIEW the Hearing Examiner Rules for Discrimination Cases

- The Hearing Examiner Rules for Discrimination Cases provide the rules for handling your complaint 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.

Other FAQ's

How do I file an appeal online?

You can file your appeal online by visiting the Hearing Examiner’s website at  To access the e-File system, select CLICK FOR THE HEARING EXAMINER E-FILE SYSTEM.

Whom do I contact if want to order a CD recording of my hearing so that I can listen to the proceedings?

We would be happy to make copies of CDs 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.

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 or email address?

You can look up contact information by visiting the online directory at

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


Viewing some of these documents may require Adobe Acrobat. To get a free copy click on the link above and follow the directions.

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