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We offer several guides that summarize the hearing examiner process for applications and appeals. They are meant to help laypersons and carry no legal weight. We have a general guide as well as more specific guides available for code enforcement, for-hire drivers, and animal enforcement appeals. These guides are located on the side menu. We invite questions. Contact us at (206) 477-0860 or by email at hearingexaminer@kingcounty.gov

The Hearings Guides are also available to download:
General Guide
Land Use Code Enforcement Guide
Animal Services Enforcement Guide
For-Hire Driver's License Enforcement Guide

You can also send us an email to request a hardcopy version of any Hearings Guide.

Source Materials

The hearing examiner bases decisions on adopted King County codes and policies, state statutes, regulations, and appellate court decisions. To participate effectively in a hearing, it often helps to become familiar with the laws and policies that govern the decision-making process.

King County Agencies 

These King County agencies are frequently the responsible county agency for proposals or appeals considered by the hearing examiner:

Department of Permitting and Environmental Review
General (206) 296-6600
Code Enforcement (206) 296-6680

Department of Executive Services - Regional Animal Services of King County
(206) 296-7387

Department of Executive Services - Licensing Section (For-Hire Transportation)
(206) 263-1982

Public Health - Environmental Health Division
(206) 477-8050

Department of Natural Resources and Parks - Current Use Taxation Programs
(206) 477-4643

Department of Transportation - Road Services Division 
(206) 296-6590

For contact information for any county agency or personnel, call King County Information at (206) 291-0100 or 1-800-325-6165 or check www.kingcounty.gov.

 

The Hearing Examiner bases decisions on adopted King County codes and policies and state statutes, regulations and case law (precedential decisions of the appellate courts). To participate effectively in a hearing, it often helps to become familiar with the laws and policies that govern the decision-making process. The listed sources are among many that may affect examiner proceedings.
The Hearing Examiner bases decisions on adopted King County codes and policies and state statutes, regulations and case law (precedential decisions of the appellate courts). To participate effectively in a hearing, it often helps to become familiar with the laws and policies that govern the decision-making process. The listed sources are among many that may affect examiner proceedings.