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The King County Council was established in 1969 when County voters adopted the County Charter. Under the Charter, the Council is the policy determining body of the county and exercises its legislative authority by adopting ordinances, which have the force and effect of law, and motions, which make declarations of policy that do not have the force of law.

How to search the archive

Ordinances and motions are assigned a proposed number when they are filed with the Clerk of the Council. After adoption, ordinances and motions are assigned an enacted number. There are separate series of enacted numbers for ordinances and motions.

The archive contains PDFs of all enacted  ordinances and motions since 1969. If you would like more information about a particular piece of legislation adopted in or after January 2000, please visit the Legislative Search page, where you can search by number or text and can view the legislation, staff reports and other information.

Search by text or by enacted number

All enacted ordinances and motions have been scanned and can be searched by number. For example, a search for "12345" will return both a Motion and an Ordinance that have that enacted number. If you have questions or cannot find the legislation you are looking for, please contact us and someone in the Clerk's Office will be happy to assist you.

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