Public Resource Center

Our Public Resource Center (PRC) provides one location to access publications, information on permits under review, and historical records. You can also apply for the approvals through the Seattle Services Portal.

We also issue land use permits and process corrected land use paper plans and platting actions.

We have free wireless internet for access to our materials and services, including permit tracking. You can also access that information from one of our self-serve computers.

Location & Hours

The PRC is located on the 20th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., in downtown Seattle.


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Microfilm, Permit & Property Records

Permit records from 1894 to 2004 are available in our public Microfilm Library (see PRC location and hours above). Records from 2005 to present are in our online Permit and Property Records library or the Seattle Services Portal. These records include:

  • Permits
  • Plans (available in person or by email request only)
  • Soils and other technical reports
  • Land use files

Copies may be ordered in paper or electronically (preferred). Please see our current Fee Subtitle for costs. We are not able to research records for our customers, but we are happy to check our archives prior to your visit. The library can be contacted anytime at (206) 233-5180 (message only) or at for questions or requests.

Publications Outlet

Many of our publications are available for free on our Tools & Resources page. Our codes pages provide online access to most codes enforced by SDCI.

Paper copies of our publications and codes are available for the cost of postage and printing (if applicable). 

To order, send an email to or call us at (206) 386-9780. You may also mail your request, along with a check payable to the City of Seattle, to:

SDCI Cashier Station
700 Fifth Ave, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34234
Seattle, WA 98124-1234

Subscription Services

  • Our Land Use Information Bulletin provides twice-weekly notice of land use applications, decisions, and other land use actions. Subscribe to our listserv--in the upper right of this page--to get an email alert when we post the latest public notices.
  • Our blog, Building Connections, keeps you up-to-date on Seattle planning, design, construction, and land use issues, and on legislation in process.