Public Resource Center

Our Public Resource Center (PRC) provides one location to access publications, information on permits, applications, and historical records. You should also apply for approvals through the Seattle Services Portal.

We also issue land use permits, and process corrected land use applications.

Location & Hours

The Public Resource Center is located on the 20th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., in downtown Seattle. We are currently closed to in-person services. See our SDCI Service Updates in Response to COVID-19 for online options.

Hours

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

Microfilm, Permit & Property Records

Permit records from 1894 to 2004 are available in our public Microfilm Library (see PRC location and hours above). Records from 2005 to present are in our online Permit and Property Records library or the Seattle Services Portal. These records include:

  • Permits
  • Plans (available in person or by email request only)
  • Soils and other technical reports
  • Land use files

Copies may be ordered in paper or electronically (preferred). Please see our current Fee Subtitle for costs. We are not able to research records for our customers, but we are happy to check our archives prior to your visit. The library can be contacted anytime at (206) 233-5180 (message only) or at sci_microfilm@seattle.gov for questions or requests.

Publications Outlet

Many of our publications are available for free on our Tools & Resources page. Our codes pages provide online access to most codes enforced by SDCI.

Print copies are available for sale through the Seattle Services Portal. See our pricelist and our ordering instructions.

To order, send an email to sciaccounting@seattle.gov or call us at (206) 386-9780. You may also mail your request, along with a check payable to the City of Seattle, to:

SDCI Cashier Station
700 Fifth Ave, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34234
Seattle, WA 98124-1234

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—in the upper right of this page—to get an email alert when we post the latest public notices.
  • Our blog, Building Connections, keeps you up-to-date on Seattle planning, design, construction, and land use issues, and on legislation in process.