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Getting a Permit

Its a great time to submit Annual Vehicle Permit applications!

Current Annual Vehicle Permits for 2016 expire on 12/31/2016. To help ensure you have your 2017 permit in place, apply now.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Email your application package to us at Specify 2017 Annual Vehicle Permit Request, in the subject line.
  2. Submit your application package in person at the Permit Services Counter.

Your application package should include both a permit application and a Certificate of Liability insurance document listing City of Seattle as additional insured.

An updated Annual Vehicle Permit Application is available at the counter and below as a PDF. Note: General Application forms from previous years will not be accepted.

To learn more about a Certificate of Liability Insurance, read Client Assistance Memo 2102. To find out if you need an Annual Vehicle Permit, or a Single Use Permit, read Client Assistance Memo 2108 or contact us at or (206) 684-5253.

We look forward to helping you prepare for next year!

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:

Annual Vehicle Permit Application 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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