Service of Legal Documents on the City of Seattle during COVID-19

  • Service accepted by email at MOS_Legalservice@seattle.gov
  • Service not accepted in person at the Mayor’s Office
  • Service may be accepted in person at the City Clerk’s Office (3rd Floor – Seattle City Hall) between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

In the interest of public health and safety, effective immediately, the City will accept service of legal documents by email and will not accept documents at the front desk of the Mayor’s Office. The City Clerk’s Office is currently open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. each day for in-person service, but that may change. 

Although in-person service is required by Washington State law, that requirement can be waived.  Through September 30, 2020, the City will accept service of legal documents by email only to the email address above and will consider email service to be equivalent to in-person service.  Documents received by 5 p.m. during a business day will be considered to have been received that day.  Documents received after 5 p.m. will be considered to have been received on the next business day. 

The City will provide a one-business-day grace period during this time.  For instance, if documents were required to be served on April 10, the City will consider April 11 to be timely.

The City will endeavor to confirm all email service with a responsive email.  If you have questions whether the City received your submission, please send an email to MOS_Legalservice@seattle.gov.  It is possible that oversize submissions may need to be sent by alternative means. If you require an accommodation or do not have access to a computer, please call receptionist at (206) 684-4000.