Utility Discount Program

Graphic showing that you can get up to 50% off your bills

The Utility Discount Program provides bill assistance for seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income customers. If your household income is at or below 70% of the state median income, the program helps you get current and stay current on utility payments by offering a discount of about 60% on your Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on your Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) bill. This discount is only available for residential City Light and SPU customers.

If you need immediate help with a past due balance, you may be able to receive emergency assistance.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Utility Discount Program, you must meet the following:

  • 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.
  • Your total household income in the one-month period prior to applying:
Household SizeGross Monthly IncomeGross Yearly Income
1 $2,966 $35,592
2 $3,879 $46,548
3 $4,791 $57,492
4 $5,704 $68,448
5 $6,617 $79,404
6 $7,529 $90,348
7 $7,700 $92,400
8 $7,872 $94,464
9 $8,043 $96,516
10 $8,214 $98,568
Each additional $171 $2,052

Note: Gross Income is based on 70% of the state's median income.

Not directly billed for your SPU utilities?

If you are a tenant whose SPU services are paid by a Condo Home Owners Association (HOA) or landlord, but you still receive a Seattle City Light bill, then you can receive the following credits per month to your electric bill:

 WaterSewerDrainageGarbageYard Waste
Single-family $22.85 $33.43 $23.24 $19.30 $6.20
Duplex $22.85 $33.34 $11.62 $19.30 $6.20
Multi-family $12.50 $23.32 $2.49 $15.80 $6.20

All credits effective January 1, 2020 except for garbage and yard waste, which are effective April 1, 2020.

Free transfer station passes

Utility Discount Program (UDP) participants may receive free transfer station passes up to twice each year. To be eligible for this special assistance program, participants must:

  • Be enrolled in the Utility Discount Program (UDP).
  • Live at the UDP-enrolled address.
  • Be the primary account holder for Seattle City Light and/or Seattle Public Utilities accounts.

To learn more, please call the Utility Discount Program using the contact information below.

 

Application and Contact

If you meet the eligibility requirements above, fill out the Utility Discount Program application and mail it to:

Utility Discount Program
810 3rd Avenue, Suite 440
Seattle, WA 98104

If you need more information, contact the Utility Discount Program at UDP@seattle.gov or (206) 684-0268 (TTY/TDD: 206-233-2778). Our call-in hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Our walk-in hours:

  • To drop off paperwork: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • To see a staff person: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.