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With an increase in legislation being pushed at the local level, the hospitality industry faces many challenges. The Washington Hospitality Association’s Government Affairs Team is focused on building relationships at the local level so the hospitality industry is involved in crafting legislation that has the best outcome for employees and businesses.

For more information on Seattle’s hospitality sector, visit the Seattle Restaurant Alliance page here and the Seattle Hotel Association page here.

For information about joining us as a Seattle member, click here.

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Initiative 124:
Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016. Initiative 124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees.

Is your hotel impacted? Dig into our in-depth document detailing who is impacted and how to get in compliance. The law went into effect on Dec. 6, 2016.

Secure Scheduling Ordinance:

Secure Scheduling Ordinance took effect July 1, 2017

Sweetened Beverage Tax:

Short-Term Rentals:

The Seattle City Council is working to get short-term rental legislation approved before the year’s end. The legislation seeks to protect the supply of long-term rental housing stock, level the playing field in the short-term rental market and protect the rights and safety of guests and neighborhoods. A draft of the legislation is here. If passed, the law may require operators who list rentals on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO to have a special license in addition to a business license and pay a fee. Operators may also be limited to two dwelling units in the city. The platforms themselves may be required to have a license, pay fees and provide data to the city.

City-Run Retirement:

Packaging:

Restaurant Grading System:

Service Charges:

Minimum Wage:

Paid Sick Leave:

Short-Term Rentals:

Why Local?

Contacts:

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: John Lane – johnl@wahospitality.org

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS SENIOR MANAGER: Anna Boone – annab@wahospitality.org

LOCAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: Jillian Henze – jillianh@wahospitality.org