What's Happening in Your Neighborhood

Research Activity 

There are several ways you can research development activity in your neighborhood:

Find Documents

Electronic Documents
Our electronic documents are filed by permit or address, and are available from approximately 2006 to present. You can find find electronic documents related to a permit, project, or application by using our our Permit & Property Records Search tool. If you don't know the permit number or project address, you can search for it on our Shaping Seattle: Property & Building Activity map. If you don't find what you're looking for in our electronic library, you may find them in our microfilm library.

Microfilmed Documents
Our microfilmed documents provide historical permit information and are filed by address. You can contact us at (206) 233-5180 (message line only) or at sci_microfilm@seattle.gov. While we are unable to research records for our customers, we are happy to check our archives for any images we may have and will work with customers to provide those images via email. 

Building Plans
Building plans are available by request through our microfilm library. Send your request to sci_microfilm@seattle.gov. Please provide the property address and permit number.

Costs
You can order copies of documents at the following costs, plus postage if necessary:

  • $1.55 a page for paper copies of microfilmed records
  • $0.70 a page for paper copies of electronic records
  • $0.10 per page for electronic copies of microfilmed plans and permits

Contact Us

  • File a complaint: You can submit a complaint about potential violations of our housing, land use, construction, noise, and other codes. Life-threatening emergencies and / or after-hours noise complaints should be reported to 911.
  • Submit a comment: You can comment on a project during the public comment period. We publish the comment period in our Land Use Information Bulletin and on the notice of proposed land use action posted on the project site. We post all public comments, in their entirety, on our website.
  • Submit an appeal: You can submit an appeal to the Hearing Examiner for land use projects and to the State Shorelines Hearings Board for shoreline projects.
  • Find a phone number: You can find phone numbers by topic and by manager.