Our Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) requires street or alley improvements for some types of projects. Improvements required depend on the location of your property and the size of your project, and can be one of the following:
How do I find out if my project needs improvements?
You can find out whether you will need improvements early on in your project planning at your application intake appointment or project review, or through:
We charge hourly review fees for your street improvement exception request. You pay a $500 deposit on the review fee when you submit your request. We may charge you additional hours depending on how long the review takes.
The review of your exception request can take from a few weeks to several months. The amount of time depends on the materials you provide in your application and the complexity of the request. Make sure your initial application for the exception is as complete as possible to avoid delays.
Drop off your application materials and fees in person or mail them to us at the Applicant Services Center. Apply as early as possible to decrease chances of the request delaying your permitting process. You can apply for a street or alley improvement exception:
We will review your application materials to determine if you meet the Land Use Code exceptions. We will also consult with an analyst from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to make our decision. We will send you a correction letter if we need changes or additional documentation. Once we make a decision, we will notify you and document the decision in our records so it is available to everybody associated with your project.
We may deny some or all of your exception request as a result of our review. If that happens, you will need to provide the necessary improvements and include that information in your project plans. Street and alley improvements require additional review and permits from SDOT.