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Many neighborhoods have successfully incorporated street furniture into their business districts. Street furniture can include: benches, water fountains, kiosks, clocks, etc. Before you decide on a location, remember to keep street furniture away from crosswalks, curb cuts, fire hydrants and loading and bus zones. There should also be a minimum 5 feet of clear passage on sidewalks to ensure pedestrian safety.
If street furniture is located on a public right-of-way such as a sidewalk, you will need to get a street use permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). SDOT will want to see a design plan with specifications such as the materials, exact site and the amount of drilling necessary. Street use permits may be renewed annually. All street furniture not owned by the City requires an indemnity agreement.
Frequently asked questions:Who has the responsibility for maintaining the furniture ?
The sponsoring group must maintain and clean all furniture that it installs. Choose materials carefully as some require less maintenance.
Does the City mandate specific designs?
No, decisions on design and materials are made by sponsoring groups, within reason.
Do we need a permit for street furniture?
Yes, street furniture requires an annual permit and insurance or indemnity agreement.
Where can we purchase such furniture?
Contact a neighborhood architect or landscaper for a list of suppliers.
Benefits and challenges of street furniture:
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