Non-Discrimination Policy

ADA Requirements

All Gender Restrooms

Non-Discrimination Policy

The City of Seattle (City) assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, sex, age, disability or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.L. 100.259) or due to breastfeeding in a public place, gender identity, marital status, political ideology, religion, sexual orientation, or military status or veteran status, as provided by SMC 14.04, 14.06 ad 14.10, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. The City further assures every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs activities, whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.  

Permitted special events must comply with the City's non-discrimination policy and all applicable City, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.   

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements 

The ADA requires the City of Seattle and public accommodations to provide equitable access for people with disabilities.  Event organizers are expected to make every effort to follow ADA guidelines and provide and maintain access for people with disabilities.  This may include providing a clear path of travel to and on sidewalks, curb cuts and restrooms; maintaining already-designated parking for people with disabilities, providing additional parking for people with disabilities if parking is provided; and providing accessible restrooms.  

All Gender Restrooms 

In 2015, Seattle instituted a requirement for all-gender restrooms via Seattle Municipal Code 14.07.010. The ordinance requires all single-occupant restrooms in public places in Seattle be available to people of any gender. It allows use of single occupant restrooms by any person, regardless of sex or gender identity, and prevents those restrooms from being restricted to a specific sex or gender identity. Restroom facilities are required to post appropriate signage indicating restrooms are open to all genders and cannot post signage to indicate a restroom is restricted by gender.  Special events are required to comply with this ordinance. For more information and examples of required signage, see Seattle Office for Civil Rights.  


Seattle Office for Civil Rights