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Clear Alleys Program

Clear Alleys Expansion

SPU is proposing to revise its Director’s Rule for “Temporary Container and Bag Placement at Curbs and Public Alleys.”

Comment period ended March 19, 2014.

Why was the program created?

The City of Seattle’s Clear Alleys Program (CAP) is aimed at:

  • Creating cleaner, safer business districts
  • Reducing the incidence of uncivil behaviors and illegal activities in alleys
  • Increasing the attractiveness of alleys for pedestrian use
  • Allowing better alley access for business services (deliveries) and possible expansion of commercial activity

How was it created?

An SPU Director’s Rule clarifies the City of Seattle’s authority in managing the use of public right-of-ways concerning the storage of all containers used for any purpose. A specific section of the rule describes the Clear Alleys Program and Designated Business Districts where the prepaid bag service for garbage and recycling should be used by those customers who do not have storage space for their own containers. Those service areas apply to parts of Belltown, Downtown, Pioneer Square and the International District. Within those Designated Business District areas there can be no permanent storage of containers in the public right-of-way. The International District Designated Business District is having service phased in 2013-2014.

How does CAP work?

The Columbia City Designated Business District is currently being proposed for inclusion as a CAP area – see sidebar on SPU Rulemaking. Containers not stored off the right-of-way will be removed June 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 within this new Designated Business District. Customers without storage space for containers will need to use prepaid bags offered through the City contractor and private recyclers for their garbage and recycling as of July 1, 2014.

Read the CAP Frequently Asked Questions learn more about the program in general.

Translated documents

The following documents apply to the general program launched in 2009 and do NOT include the addition of the International District in 2013 or the proposed addition of Columbia City in 2014. The translated PDFs will be updated with this information once the current rulemaking is complete.

Cambodian – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ

Chinese – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ

Korean – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ

Spanish – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ

Tagalong – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ

Thai – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ

Vietnamese – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ

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