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Getting a Permit

Starting March 31, 2016

SDOT Street Use right of way permit rates have changed for the first time in five years, moving to a project/service based model. Now a $305 base permit fee covers multiple right of way use types in a project phase, rather than $146 for each individual use.

Changes to your approved permit plan incur a $155 permit modification fee - so planning well and early saves money. And as we expand our inspector team we are instituting standard inspection schedules:

  • Every 10 days for arterials, high impact areas or urban villages
  • Every 20 days for low impact areas.

The hourly service fee is changing from $172 to $196, but now inspections will be holistic instead of for individual use types.

To learn more, see: 

Questions? Email:

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 require a Construction Management Plan (CMP). See below for helpful tools.

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


There are three ways to apply for a Permit:

  1. Email PDF
  2. Permit Services Counter
  3. Online Webform (high-volume utility permit applicants only; password protected)


Fillable PDFs guiding applicants to provide the required information are available below and on the Applications, Forms & Templates page. Note: Application forms no longer contain the Street Use General Application. General information is incorporated into each project-specific form; the Street Use General Application is no longer required.

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

Permit Application Types:

Moving Container And Residential Dumpster
Construction Use Permit Application Utility Permit Application
Urban Forestry Permit Application Annual Permit Application
Vending Permit Application Term Permit Application

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OPTION 2: Visit 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.


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


We do not accept payments after 4:30 p.m.

Applicants arriving after 4:30 p.m. may not receive a permit that day.

OPTION 3: Online Webform

High-volume utility permit applicants who have been granted a user name and password may use the Online Webform.

  • Go to the Online Webform
  • Select the "Using Your ArcGIS Account" option and log in
  • Fill out the form; click the "i" icon for in-depth instructions, or download them here
  • The form automatically submits once you've entered all required information
  • You will receive your permit number via an email from SDOT
  • Email associated site plans, traffic control plans, and other documents to; reference your permit number on all attached documents/plans and in the subject line of your email

(Note: Utility Major Permit applicants should apply at the Street Use Permit Counter.)    

Tools and Guides Available:

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


The options above are the same for renewing or extending a permit. To renew or extend a permit 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

Please note: The renewal or extension is not valid and work is not to begin until the permit is paid for and SDOT has notified you of its approval.


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


Contact Street Use at:

206-684-5253 | 

Thank you!

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