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What You Need to Apply for a Permit

To apply for a Street Use permit, you'll need to know and gather pertinent project-related information.  The more clarity provided the more efficient the review process. If you've never applied for a Street use permit before, feel free to contact us with questions, with an email or a visit to our Permit Services Counter. Our techs can coach you through the required elements and help determine what additional documentation your specific project calls for.

Visit for a list of the many ways to contact our team.

Required Information

Information you must have to begin a Street Use permit application includes the following. See below for more details.

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Permit Type
  3. Use Code
  4. Permit Description
  5. Type of Work
  6. Permit Site Address
  7. Permit Location Details
  8. Square Footage of Right of Way Used
  9. Billing Information
  10. Street Type
  1. Applicant Information: The information about the individual who is submitting the application.

  2. Permit Type: Either a Simple street use (issued for the temporary use of a right of way during construction) or an Annual street use (issued for long-term use of a right of way).

  3. Use Code: A code that defines how you will use the right of way. More information is in the Right of Way Improvement Manual.

  4. Permit Description: Any information that is needed for your permit that specifically pertains to the use code for which you are applying. Accuracy helps to ensure timely processing, so please ask the Permit Services team if you are unsure on how to answer.

  5. Type of Work: Either Utility or Other Use of a right of way. Utility should be selected for any permit request to repair or connect utilities (water, sewer, gas or electricity) and Other Use should be selected for non-utility permits.

  6. Permit Site Address: The street address, city, state and zip code of where the work in the right of way will be performed. If there is no address, choose the closest address and make a notation in the location details of the exact location.

  7. Permit Location Details: The information about the specific location of the right of way work being performed (e.g. "In the alley behind the house.").

  8. Square Footage of Right of Way Used (some permits): The measured square footage of occupation during the use of the right of way area. Please make sure that the measurements you provide with your application are as accurate as possible. An inspector will be verifying the measurements and any discrepancies (shortages) will be billed accordingly.

  9. Billing Information: The information about the party responsible for the payment of any future permit charges or annual invoices (e.g. the charges for a sign permit, the owner of the business utilizing the permit, etc.). This includes your relationship to the permit and who is responsible for billing.

  10. Street Type: Indicates whether the work is on an arterial or a non-arterial. Since the cost of the permit depends on street type, it is important that this information be accurate. The work location may be different than the permit site address. For example, if your site address is on an arterial but the location of work is around the corner on a non-arterial then your street type will be non-arterial.

If your work location is in an intersection of an arterial and non-arterial, then your street type is arterial. If your work area goes around the corner, where one portion is on an arterial and another is on a non-arterial, you will need two permits. Please refer to these maps for help determining street type. If you are uncertain about the correct designation, please contact Street Use before applying for your permit.

Additional Documentation

Additional Documentation: Depending on the use code, certain permits may require additional documentation be submitted. Whether or not this documentation is needed can be determined by reviewing the individual use code descriptions. Additional documents that may be required are:

  1. Traffic Control Plan: If your permitted work is on an arterial street, in a designated Construction Hub, or in the High Impact Downtown Core, submit a traffic control plan that includes your permit number (if known) and site address. The plan should be emailed to This plan is not needed if your work is being done on a non-arterial street. Visit the Right of Way Improvement Manual onlinefor more information about the Traffic Control Plan.
  2. Proof of Insurance: Please obtain property damage liability insurance in the amount of $1 million with the City listed as an additional insured endorsement and provide it to Street Use either via fax or in person. For more information about this insurance, see Client Assistance Memo (CAM 2102).

  3. Personal/Private Use: If your proposed project includes construction of a permanent structure in the public right of way for your own personal or for private use, you will be required to sign an acknowledgement confirming that you understand that your permit application may not be approved. Use this link to review the form. Examples of this type of encroachment include, but are not limited to these types of projects: walls; decks/patios; rockeries and fences.

    If there is a restriction listed for the permit you are applying for and you have a question regarding the restriction, please contact Street Use at (206) 684-5253.

  4. Indemnity Agreement: Once your permit is received and reviewed, Street Use will prepare an Indemnity Agreement, if it is applicable to your permit, and notify you that it has been prepared. At that time, you can pick up the agreement in person or request that Street Use mail it to you. Please note that after receiving it, you will need to have the document notarized, file it with King County Records and subsequently provide the original document with a King County recording number to Street Use in person. A $150 fee will be charged by Street Use for this service. There may be an additional fee when filing with King County.

More detailed information about the Street Use permitting process is available at the Right of Way Improvements Manual web site.

In the process of applying for a permit, you will be asked to agree to both the City privacy policy* and a statement indemnifying the City**.

* - All information submitted to the City of Seattle in this transaction is considered to be public information, with the exception of credit card information that you may provide to pay fees.

** - By accepting this permit, the permit owner agrees to forever hold and save the City of Seattle free and harmless from any and all claims, actions or damages of every kind and description, including reasonable attorney fees and necessary litigation expenses incurred by the City, which may accrue to or be suffered by, any person by reason of permit owner's use or occupation of the public rights-of-way. The permit is temporary and subject to revocation by the Director of Transportation.

After You Have Applied

After you have submitted your application, a Street Use permit specialist will contact you by phone or e-mail within two business days to update you on your permit application status.

Standard permits are typically issued in two to five business days but may require more time if information is missing. Some of the information submitted may require follow-up work by a Street Use permit specialist to determine if a Traffic Control Plan is needed or a field review is required.

In areas where there are arterials, designated Construction Hubs or within the High Impact Downtown Core, permit review and approval may take 10 to 15 business days.If the type of permit you are applying for requires a Traffic Control Plan, proof of insurance or an Indemnity Agreement, please allow additional time for your permit to be issued.

You may be asked to clarify information that you submitted with your application or to provide additional information and documentation. If additional information is requested by Street Use, this may extend the permit approval process another 10 days.

Questions? Contact Permit Services at: 206-684-5253 |
206-684-TREE (8733)

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