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Research Assistance

Looking for current legislation? Need the exact text of a City of Seattle law? Interested in the history of City policy?

The City Clerk's Online Information Resources site provides access to current legislative records as well as records documenting the history, development, and activities of the agencies and elected officials of Seattle. The guides linked to below may be helpful in getting started.

Clerk and Archives staff are also available to help you with your research.

Phone: 206-684-8344
Clerk email: clerk@seattle.gov
Archives email: archives@seattle.gov

In Person:
600 4th Avenue, Floor 3
Seattle, Washington


City Clerk Guides and Research Tools

Citizen Engagement Guide
How to participate in Seattle City Government and an overview of the legislative process.

Legislative History Research Guide

Researching City Laws (City Council Guide)

Legislative Glossary

Seattle Municipal Code Frequently Asked Questions

Historic Municipal Code Files Index

Citizens' Initiatives and Referenda Guides

Guide to the Records of the City Clerk
Describes paper and electronic records managed by the City Clerk.

Guide to City Clerk's Online Information Resources
Overview of main online Clerk and Archives databases.

Seattle Geographic Indexing Atlas
Map used for geographic indexing of Clerk and Archives records by neighborhood. Includes search on legislation and photos by neighborhood.


Municipal Archives Guides and Research Tools

Overview of Archives Guides

Annexation History Research Tool
Interactive map that details the legislative history of all annexations to Seattle from 1869 through 1975, including relevant ordinances and dates of annexation.

Local History Resources

Property research

Researching Parks Records