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Fees & Payments

Filing Fees

Hearing Examiner filing fees are normally $85. Please see below for case-type exceptions.  

Effective July 18, 2012, filing fees for hearings before the City Hearing Examiner are as follows:

SMC 3.02.125 Hearing Examiner Filing Fees

As provided in S.M.C. 3.02.125, filing fees are non-refundable unless otherwise provided in the Code. Fee waivers are available upon request by filling out a waiver form. Appeals that seek a fee waiver must be filed in person or by mail. The City Hearing Examiner may waive a fee if a person is able to demonstrate financial hardship.


The Office of Hearing Examiner accepts cash, checks, money orders, and debit and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only) as payment for filing fees and citation penalties.

Credit and debit card payments are accepted by telephone and in-person, or you can mail a check/money order to the Office of Hearing Examiner. Cash is accepted in person and should never be mailed.

Street Address:

City of Seattle
Office of Hearing Examiner
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4000
40th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 684-0521
Fax: (206) 684-0536
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Mailing Address:

PO Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729

If you cannot pay the filing fee, then you are required to complete a form requesting a waiver of the filing fee and include documentation showing that the fee will cause financial hardship. Appeals that seek a fee waiver must be filed in person or by mail.

Hearing Examiner

Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 4000, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA, 98124
Phone: (206) 684-0521
Fax: (206) 684-0536
Contact Us
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Office of Hearing Examiner is a separate and independent office of the City created by the Seattle Municipal Code. The Office is charged with conducting fair and impartial administrative hearings, when authorized by the Code, to review the actions of various City departments.