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Permits for
Non-Park Use of Parks Property

If you need or want to use park property for a non-park use, you must obtain permission from the Department of Parks and Recreation, usually in the form of a Revocable Use Permit.

“Permits for Non-Park Use of Park Property” includes any private use of park land or park open space that limits or diminishes the public’s ability to use or enjoy park land, even temporarily. This would include activities such as making repairs or changes to your property, installing or replacing utility lines, storing belongings on park property, and adding or removing landscaping.

Park lands include parks, playgrounds, viewpoints, boulevards, and other land under control of the Department of Parks and Recreation. If you are not sure, please check with the Department before proceeding. You can phone the Department’s Property Management office at 206-233-7935 or you can click on the titles to the right to read more about Revocable Use Permits.

Permits are revocable upon thirty (30) days notice or immediately upon failure of the Permittee to comply with the terms and conditions of the Permit. Unauthorized use of park property, including failure to apply for and obtain a Revocable Use Permit, is unlawful and subject to enforcement actions or other remedies as specified in Seattle Municipal Code 18.30.

 » View the Policy for Non-Park Uses of Park Property

Are you a neighbor of City park land?

City park lands include developed parks, playgrounds and trails, undeveloped greenspaces, and streets that have been designated as park boulevards. These park lands are Seattle's natural treasures and home to many native species of plants, birds and animals. To help preserve and protect these valuable areas, the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation wants to work with neighbors and others who enjoy our parks to clarify boundaries and promote the proper use of park lands. Read more on our park neighbors page.

Updated January 19, 2016
Applying for a Revocable
Non-Park Use Permit

 » Application You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.
 » Permit Fees

Please mail your completed, signed application along with a non-refundable application fee of $150 to:

Seattle Parks & Recreation
Parks Real Estate Manager
Property Management Section
800 Maynard Ave. S, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1366

Background Information
 » Non-Park Use Policy You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.
 » Design Intent for Park Boulevards and Trails

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