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Standard Specifications and Plans

Proposed 2023 Construction Standards

The City of Seattle is conducting a 60-day interdepartmental and public comment period from November 1 to December 31, 2022 for our 2023 Proposed Construction Standards (Plans and Specs).

The City’s “Plans and Specs,” as they are often called, apply whenever any public or private construction is performed in the City of Seattle’s Right of Way. These Construction Standards also serve as the primary contract documents for public works construction contracts.

Hard copies of the 2023 Edition Construction Standards are scheduled to be published at the end of February 2023.

Please download this comment spreadsheet and submit your comments to

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2020 Standard Specifications for Municipal Construction

Full version of the 2020 Standard Specifications (pdf) 

To improve functionality, section references in the 2020 Standard Specifications have been cross-referenced (linked) to the corresponding section. To navigate back in the document, press Alt+(left arrow).

2020 Standard Plans for Municipal Construction

Full version of 2020 Standard Plans (pdf)

2020 Amendments

A new set of recommended amendments to the 2020 edition of the Standard Specifications and Standard Plans was posted on 11/03/2021.

Older Amendment Information

Redline Markups (pdf) - Revisions to the 2017 edition as published in the 2020 hard copy edition. (Additional recommended revisions to the Standard Plans 2020 edition may be found under the Amendments section.)

Contact the Standards Engineer

If you have any questions, or if you would like to submit a comment for consideration, please contact the City of Seattle's Construction Standards Engineer at

Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000

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