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Legal background

The Metropolitan King County Council established the King County Board of Health in accordance with Washington State law (RCW 70.05.035). King County Code (Chapter 2.35) creates the King County Board of Health as a federated body with a majority of elected officials.

Board composition

The Board of Health is constituted as a federated body, with 10 voting members and 1 nonvoting member. 8 of the 10 voting members are elected officials— from the Metropolitan King County Council (whose votes are weighted as two votes), 3 from the Seattle City Council, and 2 from the Suburban Cities of King County. The two remaining voting members are health professionals that are selected by the other members of the Board. These health professionals serve as citizen public health experts, assisting the Board with complex, often technical public health issues. A third health professional serves as the nonvoting member.

Board functions

The functions of the Board are to set county-wide public health policy, enact and enforce local public health regulations, and carry out other duties of local boards of health specified in state law. These duties, which are enumerated in RCW 70.05.060, include enforcing state public health statutes, preventing and controlling the spread of infectious disease, abating nuisances and establishing fee schedules for licenses, permits and other services.

Board meetings

The regular meeting time of the Board of Health is the third Thursday of each month from 1:00 pm. The meeting location is at the Metropolitan King County Council Chambers unless otherwise specified.