Utility Discount Program

‼ COVID-19:
As announced by Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle City Light (SCL) will keep services on and offer relief to utility customers during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency in Seattle. Residential and commercial customers can set up deferred payment plans if their financial stability has been jeopardized by COVID-19 by calling 206-684-3000 or or sending an email 24/7. Additionally, income-eligible residential customers can self-certify to join the Utility Discount Program (UDP) and access heavily discounted utilities by simply signing a short form that attests to their household income, rather than having to provide income documentation.

Residential customers approved for the UDP will need to renew their application with income documentation six months from their approval date. If you receive a call, email and/or postcard stating you need to contact our office to renew your application for UDP, please call 206-684-0268 to speak to a representative.

What is the Utility Discount Program?

The Utility Discount Program (UDP) offers eligible customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill. UDP is available for income-qualified residential households.

Application Process

  • Complete the UDP online enrollment form.
  • Your application will be reviewed and processed by UDP.
  • If your application meets the eligibility requirements below, your household will be enrolled in UDP.
  • Please note that the discount may take up to two billing cycles to appear on your bill.
  • Six months after approval, you will receive a call, email, and/or postcard to renew enrollment with income documentation. When this happens, please contact our office by calling 206-684-0268 to speak to a UDP representative.

If you have questions about enrolling in the program or would like assistance, please call (206) 684-0268 or email us!

2020 Eligibility Requirements

Table showing eligible 2020 gross monthly and yearly incomes for households based on size.To be eligible for the Utility Discount Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are the homeowner or renter; if a landlord pays all utilities, qualifying low-income tenants may still be eligible for utility financial help.
  • You have a Seattle City Light and/or Seattle Public Utilities bill in your name.
  • As of June 1, 2017, Social Security recipients may deduct their Medicare Part B premium payments from their total household (gross) income to qualify for the Utility Discount Program.
  • Your total household income in the one-month period prior to applying does not exceed the gross income, as shown in the table at right:
  • NOTE: Gross income is based on 70% of the state's median income. Refer to the program application for any additional eligibility requirements.