Policies and Director's Rules

Director's Rules

Director's Rules are administrative rules adopted according to the Administrative Code (Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 3.02). Public notice of all Seattle IT Director's Rules is published in the City's official newspaper, currently the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, prior to adoption. Please contact Seattle IT if you have questions or requests concerning Director's Rules.

Note: Rules promulgated prior to April 6, 2016 refer to Seattle IT's predecessor department, the Department of Information Technology (DoIT). These rules are still in effect and are administered by Seattle IT.

DoIT Director's Rule 2015-01. The purpose of this Rule is to document the procedures to be followed in determining whether franchised cable operators are satisfying the Service to low-income households requirement of SMC 21.60.170. The Rule provides the procedures that the Department of Information Technology's Office of Cable Communications ("OCC") will follow when reviewing cable operators' semiannual service reports, and the basis on which OCC will determine whether the cable operator is in compliance with the code requirement. This Rule applies to both incumbent and new cable operators, although we note that new cable operators shall have up to two years to ensure that at all times their service area satisfies the low-income provisions established under SMC 21.60.170. Incumbent operators will be subject to the requirement upon renewal of their existing cable franchise.


Seattle IT develops, promulgates, and implements City-wide policies and standards governing the acquisition, management, and disposition of information technology resources; and that govern the management, maintenance and operation of City information technology resources in accordance with SMC 3.23.030. Policies list below affect how City departments interact with the public using web-based technologies.

Americans with Disabilities Act. Provides notice of how the City provides people with disabilities an equal opportunity to access City services, programs and activities.

Web presentation and accessibility standards. Provide a consistent user experience by defining a set of design principles and link to supporting standards, best practices and background material.

City-wide website resolution and implementing policy. City Council resolution establishing Seattle.Gov as the City's public website.

Website linking policy. Describes how the City links to third-party websites.

Blogging policy. Rules for how department use blogging services.

Social media use policy. Rules for how departments use social media services, including Twitter and Facebook.

Privacy statement. Documents the City's commitments to protects individual privacy as they provide data and interact with the City.