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Street Utility Coordination
Utility Coordination is focused on improving the coordination of street and utility work in the rights-of-way. Maps and reports are available.

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Street Use is a division of the Seattle Department of Transportation. To provide for the health, safety and well being of its travelers, and to ensure the integrity of its streets and the appropriate use of the rights-of-way, the City of Seattle strives to keep its rights-of-way in a state of good repair and free from unnecessary encumbrances. Street Use endeavors to accomplish these goals by managing activities and construction occurring in the rights-of-way through issuing of permits, inspection, project coordination, public outreach, utility record keeping and plan review.

A Street Use permit is required for any work or occupation in the public rights-of-way. Typical of this work is construction by private contractors, public agencies, vending, block parties, etc. Construction can include but is not limited to sewer, storm, or water extensions or repairs, franchise utility work, driveway, sidewalk, curb and gutter, structures, landscaping, trees, street lighting, paving or any other excavation or pertinent installation in the right-of-way.

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All permits issued by Street Use are subject to inspection. Inspections are required to ensure that all conditions of the permit have been met and that the public's safety, mobility and interests are preserved. Street Use inspectors also respond to and investigate citizen inquiries about unsafe conditions or construction activity in the rights- of-way.

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Other Permits Not Issued By Street Use
Side Sewers and Storm Connections: Property owners construct and repair their own side sewers and drainage pipes, under the regulations of the Side Sewer Code. Construction and repair of side sewers within a public street area must be performed by a registered Side Sewer Contractor. All sewer and storm work on public and private property require a permit and inspection. The city keeps detailed records of these connections. These records are made possible by permit and inspection and protect public health and safety.

For more information, visit the DPD Side Sewer web site, or call the DPD Drainage & Sewer Review Desk, (206) 684-5362.

Traffic and Residential Parking Zones

Over-legal Vehicles and Loads

Commercial Vehicle Load Zones

Restaurant Success – Permitting Checklist

Film Permits

For a complete list of permits and licenses on the City of Seattle web site click here.

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