King County essential services continue to operate with some modifications

King County employees are continuing to deliver essential services, but several buildings will close to public walk-in access until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Employees who are not telecommuting or on leave via a prior arrangement are expected to report for work as normal. Healthy first responders and medical personnel should continue to report to work. Supervisors, managers, and leaders will provide additional information to their employees as needed.

The affected facilities are:

  • King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., Seattle
    • King County Sheriff’s Office registry on second floor will remain open. Access is through doors on the north (James Street) side of the building.
  • Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle
  • King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle
    • Metro Lost and Found Office and Pass Sales Office will both be closed to in-person customers. Call 206-553-3000 or visit for assistance with these two services.
  • Elections, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton

If you must enter a King County building, employees will need to use their badges to access these facilities.

We are grateful to the flexibility and creativity of employees in providing alternative methods for continuing to serve the public, including online (listing of online services at, as well as by phone, email, or regular mail. Secure dropboxes will be available outside select buildings so that residents can deposit documents or payments as needed. These items will be collected and processed by county staff as normal.

Note: This guidance applies to Executive Branch employees. Employees in separately elected agencies will receive guidance from their leaders.

For a list of King County services and events that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, visit For the most up-to-date information on the outbreak, see