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16.020 - Alley Closure

Effective Date: 04/01/19

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has authority to close designated alleys during certain time periods for reasons of public safety. Department employees who encounter alleys that may be appropriate for closure under this authority should submit a request for closure through their chain of command to SDOT.

1. Employees May Request Alley Closure

Employees may request an alley closure by submitting a memorandum to the SDOT Director through the chain of command that includes the following:

- Location of the alley and time of day the criminal activity is taking place.

- Type of criminal activity occurring in the alley. Include any enforcement action that has taken place and how closing the alley will assist in decreasing criminal activity.

- A list of property owners or business owners adjoining the alley who have been contacted about the alley closure. Include their concerns or comments on the proposed closure.

2. Employees May Take Enforcement Action After SDOT Posts Alley Closure Signs

Individuals in the alley during the hours of closure are in violation of SMC 11.40.430 - Prohibited entry to no-admittance area. This is a non-traffic crime and will be handled with a Report or a physical booking.

When employees contact individuals in a closed alley, the employees will advise that the alley is closed, and give them the opportunity to leave. If the individuals remain or return to the alley during the hours of closure, they may be arrested.

Exception: The requirement to leave the alley does not apply to the following;

-  Owners and occupants of the abutting properties and their guests.

-  Agents of utilities with facilities in the alley or serving abutting properties.

-  Government employees and emergency personnel in the performance of their duties.

-  Individuals who have obtained a street use permit issued pursuant to SMC Title 15.


Adrian Diaz, Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
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