Frequently Asked Questions
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Who is my councilmember? What council district do I live in?
Find your Council district and Councilmember by entering your street address into our online district look-up form
How can I leave a message for all the councilmembers?
How can I obtain a copy of ordinances or motions? How did a councilmember vote?
The King County Council’s Legisearch
system provides free access to information and unofficial copies of ordinances and motions for your convenience, including the action taken on legislation, meeting minutes, and member votes. Official copies of legislation must be obtained directly from the Clerk of the Council.
You can also watch Council and committee meetings live on King County Television
, on Comcast and Millennium Cable Channel 22 throughout King County, or view streaming video of archived meetings
How can I get a copy of a past council meeting?
King County Television (KCTV), the government access channel for the citizens of King County, can provide copies of meetings and events that air on the station. Videos are available online
or for purchase on DVD or VHS for $13.00. Payment can be made with a check or money order made out to King County Television. Copies will be mailed within 5 business days upon receipt of payment. The price includes shipping and handling.
To order copies, call 206-477-0856 or visit the online order form.
How do I get to the Council chambers and where can I park?
Here are directions to the King County Courthouse, located in the southern end of downtown near Pioneer Square, between Third and Fourth Avenues and between James and Jefferson Streets. There are a number of pay parking lots within walking distance of the King County Courthouse, as well as some limited street parking. When coming to the Courthouse, it is always a good idea to plan some extra time to find a parking place:
- Goat Hill parking garage (entrance on Jefferson Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues; street address is 415 6th Ave, Seattle, WA; call 206-652-0849 for pricing (across the street from Chinook Building). King County employees receive discounted parking here.
- Seattle Public Library parking garage (entrance on Spring Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues; street address is 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA; call 206-267-0446 for pricing
- Lots to the north and south of the parking garage.
- Metered street parking
Why not leave the car at home? A number of Metro Transit and ST Express bus routes serve the King County Courthouse area. Use Metro's regional online Trip Planner to find a convenient route and schedule.
How can I speak at a council meeting?
Please check the agenda
of the meeting you plan to attend to see if there is a public hearing on your issue. If there is, you can sign up to speak at the counter just outside Council chambers. Individuals may sign up only for themselves. This time may not be traded or pooled.
When the chair calls upon you to speak, please state your name for the record. Please limit your testimony to two minutes or whatever time the Council chair may designate, so that there is time for all to speak.
As a courtesy to others, please silence cell phones, pagers, and other electronic equipment. For safety, signs on sticks are not permitted. Signs may not be affixed to the walls or block the views of others. The Council chair may set additional guidelines at the beginning of a public hearing.
What time do council meetings start?
Council meetings are set for 1:30 p.m.
with special meetings scheduled as needed. Look up the agendas
for Council meetings or find committee agendas on our committee page
Who is the Chair and Vice Chair?
For 2013, Larry Gossett
is the Chair of the Metropolitan King County Council. Councilmember Jane Hague
, is the Vice Chair of Regional Coordination and Councilmember Julia Patterson
is Vice Chair of Policy Development and Review.
I heard King County is paying for the rights to use the likeness of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the County logo.
This has become something of an urban legend. King County does not pay any royalty or fee for the image used in our logo. The County logo is an original design that was commissioned by King County and created by the Tony Gable Design Group.
The county has a five-year plan for transitioning to the new logo at the least cost that includes using up existing supplies before ordering new ones with the logo.
Learn more about the King County logo.