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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on August 18, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Washington, we recommend that you visit the state’s COVID-19 Resources website.

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Description of Program and Relief

Public Utilities Will Not Suspend Service During COVID-19 Emergency and Will Offer Deferred Payment Plans

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle City Light (SCL) will keep utility services on during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency in Seattle. This will provide immediate utility relief for customers, both residential and commercial, financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Effective immediately, all SPU and SCL customers can set up deferred payment plans if their financial stability has been jeopardized by COVID-19. Utility service will stay on as their deferred payment plans are developed and implemented.

Government or Lead Agency

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle City Light (SCL)

Dates Available

March 10, 2020, and continuing during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency in Seattle

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

SPU and SCL customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, regardless of background or immigration status, can request a deferred payment plan with the utilities.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Contact SPU and SCL by calling (206) 684-3000 or sending an email 24/7 at

List of Additional Information

Mayor’s Office Newsletter Discussing Relief:

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