King County Hearing Examiner
Inspiring public confidence in King County government through accessible process, impartial consideration, and reasoned decisions, the King County Hearing Examiner is appointed by the Metropolitan King County Council. We are committed public servants holding fair hearings on governmental actions involving King County and the public.
Visit the Hearings Guide to learn more about the Office of the Hearing Examiner.
The Hearing Examiner bases decisions on adopted King County codes and policies, state statutes, regulations, and appellate court decisions. To participate effectively in a hearing, it often helps to become familiar with the laws and policies that govern the decision-making process. The listed sources are among many that may affect examiner proceedings.
These rules are intended to eliminate delays through the use of active case management and the more efficient use of hearing time; reduce costs to participants in the hearing process; and facilitate adherence to time limits established by law and ordinance.
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Case Digest is a collection of previous recommendations and decisions subsequent to January 1, 1996, issued by the King County Hearing Examiner. Case Digest was created by the Hearing Examiner's Office to help citizens locate information related to topics and issues discussed in past cases as an aid in preparing for upcoming cases which will be heard by the Hearing Examiner.
Public Records Requests
If you want a broad array of Examiner documents, or if you want documents Council members and staff may have, you must file a Public Records Act (PRA) request with the Council’s PRA officer, and must pay any applicable PRA fees. Visit the Council's PRA page for more information.
However, if what you need is more limited, like “the filings in the examiner’s Laszlo case,” or “a recording of last week’s Ugarte hearing,” or “the preliminary plat map from Lund Ridge,” you do not need to make a PRA request. The Examiner’s Office can typically make these available quicker, and at no charge.
Feel free to call the Examiner’s Office at 206-477-0860 or email email@example.com to discuss your options.