SQUARE FOOTAGE GUIDE

PLEASE NOTE:  The benefit charge is a fee that is included in your property tax which is payable to King County.  It is identified as “Fire Fee” on your property tax statement.  In your property tax, you are taxed on the total living square footage, but for the benefit charge portion, you are taxed on the total square footage of ALL buildings, including garages and detached structures.

Formula for calculating the Total Square Feet:

The total square feet is the sum of the 1st Floor, 1/2 Floor, 2nd Floor, Upper Floor, Total Basement, and Attached Garage.  If you have accessory structures greater than 400 square feet, these are added into the total as well.  Some properties may have several buildings, be sure to add these all together to check the total square footage of your property.

SQUARE FOOTAGE GUIDE

Square footage is validated against the King County Assessors database.  You can find this information by opening the King County Parcel Viewer at:

www.kingcounty.gov/operations/GIS/PropResearch/ParcelViewer.aspx.

Step 1.  Once you arrive at this web site, click the “Start Parcel Viewer” button.

Step 2.  Once the parcel viewer opens, choose a search by parcel number, enter your parcel number in the window and click on the “Search” button; this will take you to the parcel viewer and a map of your property.

Step 3.  In the lower left of the parcel viewer pop-up window, click on “Property Report.”  The property report page that first opens does not display total square footage.

Step 4.  You will need to take one more step by clicking on the “Property Detail” button just right of center at the top of the page.

Step 5.  On the property detail page, you will need to scroll down to the “Building” section where you will find the square footage calculation of each floor of your building, basement, garage, mezzanine and loft.

Formula for calculating the Total Square Feet:

The total square feet is the sum of the 1st Floor, 1/2 Floor, 2nd Floor, Upper Floor, Total Basement, and Attached Garage.

If you have accessory structures greater than 400 square feet, these are added into the total as well.

Some properties may have several buildings, be sure to add these all together to check the total square footage of your property.