Childcare Ordinance - What & Why

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What's Happening Now? 

September 2020 Childcare Near You Ordinance Goes into Effect

On August 21, 2020, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed Ordinance 126131. The Childcare Near You legislation provides greater flexibility to establish new child care centers in nearly all zones in the city including neighborhood residential zones. This ordinance became effective as of September 20, 2020.

Project Benefits

  • Allows child care businesses to be started in nearly all places in Seattle, including neighborhood residential zones
  • Reduces the time and costs of permitting a new child care business in Seattle
  • Encourages more new child care centers to be located in Seattle neighborhoods, closer to where people live
  • Encourages more opportunities for affordable child care, ranging from home-based care to larger centers

The End Result

The City has adjusted the Land Use Code to make new child care businesses easier to open. This can help address a 16,000-space shortage in child care services for Seattle's children.