Getting a Permit
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:
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!
WAYS TO APPLY
There are three ways to apply for a Permit:
OPTION 1: Email PDF
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 SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.
Permit Application Types:
You may apply for a permit in person at the Street Use Permit Services Counter. We are located at:
700 5th Avenue
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