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Public Resource Center

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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 following approvals at the PRC without an appointment:

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.

Hours

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

Microfilm & Electronic Document Library

Many documents are available in our electronic library, including:

  • Soils (geotechnical) reports
  • Permits issued since October 2003
  • Inspection results and special inspection results for construction-related permits dating back to 2007
  • Approved land use plans dating back to May 2007
  • Plans submitted with Land Use Applications dating back to January 2011
  • Other documents submitted with land use applications dating back to January 2012
  • Application materials submitted as part of the DPD Electronic Plan Review process, such as site plans and forms

Documents from the 1890s to the present are also available in our onsite Microfilm Library. In addition to the documents listed above, you can access plans for construction, electrical, mechanical, and land use permits. For single-family residences, plans are only available for permits issued after 1974. Plans are available approximately 4 weeks after the permit is issued; the permit itself is usually available 1 week after we issue it.

We do not research properties or permits for our customers at the microfilm library.

How to View Records or Get Copies

Contact us at dpd_microfilm@seattle.gov or leave a message at (206) 233-5180 with the address you want records for before coming to our office. We will let you know if we have any documents available for that address.

Publications Outlet

The Publication Outlet provides paper copies of DPD's publications. Paper versions of our publications and codes are available for a fee plus postage, if applicable. To order, email the PRC or call us at (206) 684-8467 (message line only). You may also mail your request, along with a check payable to the City of Seattle, to:

DPD Public Resource Center
700 Fifth Ave, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Our codes pages provide online access to most codes enforced by DPD.

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 to get an email alert when we post the Land Use Information Bulletin.
  • Our blog, BuildingConnections, keeps you up-to-date on Seattle planning, design, construction, and land use issues, and legislation in process.

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