Equal Benefits Ordinance: Seattle, Wash.

Passed on Nov. 22, 1999
Effective on  Sept. 30, 2000

Applies to:

  • City contracts that exceed $33,000;
  • Businesses’ operations within the city. However, if the actual work related to the contract is being performed in another state, the law applies. Also applies to city-owned real property outside of the city if work related to the contract is being performed there; and
  • Does not apply to subcontractors.

Exceptions & Waivers

The director of the Executive Services Department can waive compliance if:

  • Contract is responding to an emergency.
  • The contractor is a sole-source provider.
  • No compliant contractors are capable of providing goods or services that respond to the city’s requirements.
  • City is purchasing through a co-op or joint purchasing agreement bulk purchasing arrangements.
  • The EBO requirements are inconsistent with a grant or agreement with a public agency.
  • The contractor is a public entity.


The director of the Executive Services Department has the power to:

  • Prohibit the contractorfrom bidding or being rewarded a city contract for up to five years;
  • Provide contractual remedies, such as termination of contracts or liquidated damages;
  • Impose other appropriate contractual and civil remedies and sanctions; and
  • Take remedial action.


Seattle Municipal Code, Ch. 20.45


Department of Executive Administration
Contracting Services Division
700 5th Avenue, Suite 4112
P.O. Box 94687
Seattle, WA 98124-4687
Phone: 206-684-0430
Fax: 206-684-4511