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Getting a Permit

Coming Soon! We’re developing new tools, guides and standards to reduce potential right of way conflicts; streamline the permitting process; and mitigate impacts to surrounding neighborhoods. Building Seattle well helps us all.
To that end, on August 31, 2015 we will launch the following:

  • Channelization Sketch Map—Online tool to help create a Traffic Control Plan
  • Project Summary Correction Notice—Comprehensive early project assessment and guidance
  • Simplified Permit Applications—Connecting information across forms
  • Concept-to-completion coordination—Strategy for consistent ROW management.

To further support successful projects and thriving communities last month we launched a Construction Management Plan (CMP) template and guide that requires things like a parking plan and a pedestrian routes plan for the duration of a project.

In July we also launched online site plan templates and one-on-one pre-application appointments to address more complex projects.

Our approach is changing to help keep pace with Seattle’s growth surge and stay ahead of impacts. Look for more details August 31, 2015.

Questions?
Contact us at SDOTPermits@seattle.gov or 206.684.5253, or visit us on the 23rd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 5th Avenue.

Street Use offers more than 60 types of permits for use, occupation and/or construction in the public right of way. They fall under four main categories:

  1. Construction Use & Simple Utility Permits
  2. Public Space Permits
  3. Major Improvements Permits
  4. Urban Forestry Permits

Projects with significant impacts to the public right of way may now require a Construction Management Plan (CMP)—and we are providing a guide and template. Click here or under the Construction Use & Simple Utility Permits menu item to the left to learn about the CMP tool and new one-on-one permit pre-submittal intake appointments available for complex projects.

Below we have links to permit application forms as well as well as guidance on how to apply. Questions? Contact Street Use at SDOTPermits@seattle.gov or 206-684-5253. Thank you! 

NOTE: For information on streamlining permitting for pavement restoration contractors click here or see Client Assistance Memo 2602.

WAYS TO APPLY

There are three ways to apply for a Permit:

  1. Email PDF
  2. Permit Services Counter
  3. PIN Access Online

OPTION 1: Email PDF

Fillable PDFs guiding applicants to provide the required information are available below and on the Applications, Forms & Templates page. The PDF files begin with the required Street Use General Application and follow with the project-specific application forms.

Save your completed PDF file and attach it to an email, along with any additional required documentation (site plans, traffic control plans, etc.) and send to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.

Construction Use Permit Application Utility Permit Application
Urban Forestry Permit Application Annual Permit Application
Vending Permit Application Term Permit Application


Permit Use
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OPTION 2: Permit Services Counter

You may apply for a permit in person at the Street Use Permit Services Counter. We are located at:

700 5th Avenue
Seattle Municipal Tower

23rd Floor

Hours of Operation are: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday

10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT:

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.

PIN Access

RENEW/EXTEND A PERMIT

There are two ways to apply for a renewal or extension:

  1. Email Permit Services
  2. Permit Services Counter

*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:

  • Permit number
  • Duration
  • Square footage
  • Indicate if the space has been vacated for 10 or more days (must be verified by SDOT Street Use inspector)
  • Current Site Plan
  • Current Traffic Control Plan (if conditions have changed)
  • Start date

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:

SDOTPermits@seattle.gov

You will be contacted by email when your renewal/extension information has been received and fees are ready to be paid.

OPTION 2: Permit Services Counter

To request a permit renewal or extension in person, bring the required information to the Permit Services Counter.


PERMIT TYPES

Permits fall into four main categories, and have applications specific to those types:

Category Type
Construction Use and Simple Utility

  • Impacting Streets/Sidewalks for Construction Purposes
  • Driveways
  • Sidewalk Repairs
  • Simple Utilities
Major Improvements
Public Space Management
Urban Forestry Permits
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Removal or Replacement

Questions?

Contact Street Use at:

206-684-5253 | SDOTPermits@seattle.gov 

Thank you!

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