Surveillance Technologies

About the Ordinance

The City of Seattle Surveillance Ordinance 125376 took effect on September 1, 2017 and is designed to provide greater transparency to City Council and the public when the City acquires technology that meets the City's definition of surveillance.

For more information on the Surveillance Ordinance click here.

Technologies Currently Under Review

The public comment period for Group 1 surveillance technologies is now closed. Any additional comments should be sent to your City Councilmembers directly.

The public comment period for Group 2 surveillance technologies will open in February 2019. 


Surveillance Impact Reports (SIRs)

The complete Surveillance Impact Report drafts are linked and available below:

SPD: Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) (Patrol)

ALPR Policy Appendix

One Page Summary

SPD: Parking Enforcement (including ALPR)

Parking Enforcement Policy Appendix

One Page Summary

SDOT: Closed Circuit Television "Traffic Cameras"

One Page Summary

SDOT: License Plate Readers (LPR)

One Page Summary
SFD: Emergency Scene Cameras One Page Summary
SFD: Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Cameras One Page Summary

Master List of Surveillance Technologies

Submitted to Seattle City Council on 11/30/2017, the Master List of Surveillance Technologies provided an overview of all technologies in current use at the City that meet the ordinance definition of surveillance. The order of review has been updated since this publication. A Revised Master List with corrections was submitted to Seattle City Council on 10/1/2018.

Below are the CTO quarterly technology determination reports, which are submitted to Council 30 days after the end of each quarter. 


Group 1 Materials

Meeting 1 Video: Seattle Police Department Meeting 1, 3. & 4 Slides
Meeting 2 Video: SDOT & SFD Meeting 2 & 5 Slides
City of Seattle Surveillance Ordinance Video
SPD Group 1 Technologies Video
SFD Group 1 Technologies Video

Translations of Group 1 Flyers

English
(Korean) 한국어 -감시 자료
(Mandarin- Simplified) 简化字中文
(Cantonese - traditional) 繁體中文 
(Somali) Somali 
(Tagalog) Tagalog 
(Vietnamese) Tiếng Việt 
(Spanish) Español