Seattle City Essential Resources

Seattle Essentials

City of Seattle website

Everything you need to know about living in Seattle. Chock full of useful resources, including information about the City of Seattle government, city budget updates, city services and more.

Voter registration

Register to vote in Washington and learn more about Seattle elections and upcoming deadlines.

Vehicle registration and license

Everything you need to drive safely in Seattle, including vehicle and title registration, tips for buying or selling your vehicle, license plates and more.

Seattle electricity

Start service, manage your account and learn about Seattle’s environmental programs. Seattle City Lights provides the most low-cost electric service in the urban U.S.

Seattle water and utilities

Start service, make payments online and manage your water usage. You can also find utility rates and verify appropriate ways to get rid of waste in this comprehensive website.

The Better Business Bureau, Seattle

Find businesses you can trust in Seattle. Search the BBB Accredited Business Directory to see reviews, ratings and complaints from customers like you.

Seattle Police Department

Learn about the men and women protecting your community. Stay updated on crime reports in your neighborhood, and get the information you need to keep your family safe.

Washington Department of Transportation

Get updates on road conditions, schedules and inclement weather. The WSDOT website also offers plenty of information on transportation legislation, upcoming projects and development agreements.

Seattle Parks and Recreation

Learn about Seattle’s parks, check park rules and ordinances, and sign up for Seattle Parks and Recreation Connection (SPARC) classes, including yoga, dancing, martial arts, swimming, environmental education and more.

Seattle Schools

Your child’s education is important. Use this tool to help you research public and private schools in Seattle.