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Metropolitan King County Council

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Metropolitan King County Council
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1000
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
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The King County Council was established in 1969 when County voters adopted the County Charter. Under the Charter, the Council is the policy determining body of the county and exercises its legislative authority by adopting ordinances, which have the force and effect of law, and motions, which make declarations of policy that do not have the force of law.

How to search the archive

Ordinances and motions are assigned a proposed number when they are filed with the Clerk of the Council. After adoption, ordinances and motions are assigned an enacted number. There are separate series of enacted numbers for ordinances and motions.

The archive contains PDFs of all enacted  ordinances and motions since 1969. If you would like more information about a particular piece of legislation adopted in or after January 2000, please visit, where you can search by number or text and can view the legislation, staff reports and other information.

Search by text or by enacted number

All enacted ordinances and motions have been scanned and can be searched by number or by text. For example, a search for "12345" will return both a Motion and an Ordinance that have that enacted number. A search for "comprehensive plan" will return all legislation that has the words "comprehensive plan" in the title or body of the legislation or an attachment. If you have questions or cannot find the legislation you are looking for, please contact us and someone in the Clerk's Office will be happy to assist you.

If you know the number of the motion or ordinance, you may search the archive.

Note: Use your browser's search function to locate a particular motion or ordinance.

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Looking for the complete legislative record?

Legislation, staff reports and additional information is available on our legislative database, where you can search by number or text. The database contains information for legislation from 2000 to the present.