Getting a Permit
Street Use offers more than 60 types of permits for use, occupation and/or construction in the right of way. We issue permits for temporary uses of the right of way, such as crossing the sidewalk with heavy equipment during construction or hosting a block party, and for longer-term private uses of the right of way, such as planting trees or posting signs. See below for more information on Permit Types.
WAYS TO APPLY
There are three ways to apply for a Permit:
OPTION 1: Email PDF
Street Use Permit Services is making the application process easier with fillable PDFs that clearly guide applicants to provide the required information. The PDF files also include the required Street Use General Application as well as the project-specific application forms in one convenient place.
Users fill out the forms, save the completed PDF and attach it to an email along with any additional required documentation (site plans, traffic control plans, etc.) and send to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.
The available PDF forms are listed below and also posted on the Client Assistance Memos & Forms page. Each PDF begins with the required Street Use General Application Form.
You may apply for a permit in person at the Street Use Permit Services Counter. We are located at
700 5th Avenue
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We do not accept payments after 4:45 p.m.
Applicants arriving after 4:30 p.m. may not receive a permit that day.
OPTION 3: PIN Access to Apply Online
The PIN method is for customers with a history of submitting 15 to 20 correctly completed permit applications yearly. Once approved for and issued a PIN, these high volume permit applicants can use the PIN to apply for permits online. Reserving this method for high volume users is expected to significantly improve permit processing speeds for all permit applicants, reducing processing time spent on incomplete submittals. Click the link below for more on this method for high volume permit applicants.
RENEW/EXTEND A PERMIT
There are two ways to apply for a renewal or extension:
*Please note: The renewal/extension is not valid, and work is not to begin, until you have been notified by SDOT that you have a valid permit and it has been paid for.
For both options, you need to provide the following:
OPTION 1: Email Permit Services
To request a permit renewal or extension via email, enter the permit number in the subject line and the details in the body of the email. Send the email to the Permit Services team at:
To request a permit renewal or extension in person, bring the required information to the Permit Services Counter.
Permits fall into four main categories, and have applications specific to those types:
Contact Street Use at:
206-684-5253 | SDOTPermits@seattle.gov