Director's Rules & Ordinances

Draft Transportation Management Program Director's Rule

SDOT and SDCI have published a draft Joint Director's Rule for Transportation Management Programs ("TMP"), as SDCI 05-2021 / SDOT 01-2021. The Director's Rule establishes the responsibilities of property owners, applicants, and proponents of projects (the "Applicant/Responsible Party") subject to the Land Use Code or State Environmental Policy Act ("SEPA") requirements to develop a TMP. This Rule also identifies the ordinance authority and establishes the content, procedures, compliance, and reporting requirements of TMPs. The Rule is an update of the existing Joint Director's Rule for TMPs (DPD 27-2015 / SDOT 09-2015) and will supersede the existing rule once adopted.
  • This Joint Director's Rule clarifies the applicability and related authority of when a particular development proposal is subject to a TMP, either through SEPA review or Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) requirements.
  • This Joint Director's Rule updates the transportation mode share definition of a Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) trip to include any Transportation Network Company (TNC) vehicle or taxicab trip with one professional driver and one passenger, in addition to traditional SOV trips made in personally-owned vehicles.
  • This Joint Director's Rule updates various TMP program elements, some of which are required for all TMPs, and others of which may be recommended. A significant update in this Joint Director's Rule is a separate elements table, with accompanying narrative, for primarily residential projects. Additionally, some new suggested TMP program elements have been introduced that reflect trends in urban mobility over the last 5 years since the previous Director's Rule update, while others have been consolidated or deleted to better reflect the current state of the practice.
  • This Joint Director's Rule includes edits to the existing Rule to clarify processes and roles/responsibilities in the process of developing, implementing, and monitoring a TMP.


The draft rule(s) are located on the SDCI website. You can also obtain the rule(s) from the Public Resource Center, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI), Suite 2000, 700 Fifth Avenue, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, Washington 98124-4019. SDOT has determined that this update will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. As a result, SDOT has issued a Determination of Non-significance (DNS) on February 11, 2021. The decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist. Public comments on the DNS and checklist will be accepted until 5:00 pm, March 4 2021, and the appeal deadline is March 11, 2021. Please see the DNS for more information on providing comments and submitting appeals.
Comments on Joint Director's Rule may be submitted through March 4, 2021 to either:
City of Seattle, SDCI
Attn: Gordon Clowers
700 Fifth Ave, Suite 3800
P.O. Box 94788
Seattle, WA 98124-7088
City of Seattle, SDOT
Attn: Ben Rosenblatt
700 Fifth Ave, Suite 3800
PO Box 34966
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

Director’s Rules are administrative rules adopted according to the Administrative Code (Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 3.02). Public notice of all SDOT Director’s Rules is published in the City’s official newspaper, currently the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, prior to adoption.

Please contact the SDOT Director’s Office at (206) 684-5000 if you have questions or requests concerning SDOT Director’s Rules, including:

  • Requests for signed copies of active rules;
  • Requests for copies of inactive rules (rules that have been superseded or rescinded);
  • Requests to receive public notices of proposed rules. Any person may make a written request to receive an email alert or printed notice by mail when new rules are proposed. These requests may be renewed annually.
Active Director’s Rules
SDOT 02-2020

Design Standards for Small Wireless Facilities on Poles in the Public Place

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SDOT 02-2019

Cafes in the Public Place

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SDOT 04-2017 Streets Illustrated: Seattle's Right-of-Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 01-2017 Right-of-Way Opening and Restoration Rule View Rule
SDOT 01-2016 Free-floating car share permit program View Rule
SDOT 12-2015 Shoreline Street Ends View Rule
SDOT 11-2015 Right of Way Improvements Manual, Chapter 4 and two sections of Chapter 2, sections 2.11 and 2.12. View Rule
SDOT 10-2015 Pedestrian Mobility Around Work Zones View Rule
SDOT 09-2015 Transportation Management Programs View Rule
SDOT 08-2015 Standards for Issuance or Denial of Street Use Permits for First Amendment Activities View Rule
SDOT 05-2015 U District Alley Activation Street Concept Plan – Appendix N to Right of Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 06-2015 U District Green Streets Concept Plan – Appendix O to the Right of Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 02-2015 Pontius Street Concept Plan- Appendix P to the Right of Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 03-2015 First Hill Public Realm Action Plan – Appendix Q to the Right of Way Improvements Manual. View Rule
SDOT 03-2014 Street Tree Manual View Rule
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SDOT 02-2014 Street and Sidewalk Use, Newsstands View Rule
SDOT 01-2014 Existing At-Grade Telecommunication Cabinet Upgrade Standards and Procedures View Rule
SDOT 05-2013 South Lake Union Street Concept Plans – Appendix I to Right-of-Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 04-2013 Roosevelt Neighborhood Streetscape Concept Plan – Appendix J to Right-of-Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 03-2013 Thomas Green Street Concept Plan – Appendix K to Right-of-Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 02-2013 Denny Way Streetscape Concept Plan – Appendix L to Right-of-Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 06-2013 10th & 11th Avenue Street Concept Plan – Appendix M to Right-of-Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 01-2013 Westlake and 7th Streetscape Concept Plan – Appendix H to Right of Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 6-2012 Design guidelines for vending carts and food vehicles permitted by the Seattle Department of Transportation Street Use Division View Rule
SDOT 4-2012 West Seattle Triangle Streetscape Concept Plan – Appendix G to Right of Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 1-2018  City of Seattle Traffic Control Manual for In-Street Work View Rule
SDOT 1-2019 Designation of Festival Streets and activities allowed under a Street Use Festival Street View Rule
SDOT 1-2012 Installation, Closure, or Removal of Underground Storage Tanks (UST) located in the Public Place View Rule
SDOT 4-2011 Sidewalk Cafés View Rule
SDOT 3-2011 Street and Stadium Vending View Rule
SDOT 5-2010 Repeals SDOT Director’s Rule 04-01, Installation Criteria & Procedures for Responding to Requests for Safety Improvements regarding: Marked Pedestrian Crosswalks; General Traffic Control Signals; Pedestrian Traffic Signals; Pedestrian Traffic Signals for the Disabled or Senior Citizens; and Pedestrian Traffic Signals to Accommodate School Crossings. View Rule
SDOT 4-2010 Maynard Avenue South and South Lane Street Streetscape Concept Plan – Appendix F to Right-of-Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 2-2010 Petitions for the Adoption, Amendment, or Repeal of SDOT Director's Rules View Rule
SDOT 1-2010 Private Electrical Devices Located in the Right-of-Way View Rule
SDOT 8-2009 Public Information View Rule
SDOT 7-2009 Queen Anne Ave North Streetscape Concept Plan – Appendix E to Right-of-Way Improvements Manual View Rule
SDOT 5-2009 Street and Sidewalk Pavement Opening and Restoration View Rule
SDOT 4-2009 Restricted Parking Zones (RPZs) View Rule
MDAR 09-01 Farmers Markets Permitting Process-2009 Pilot Program View Rule
SDOT 03-08 Pike & Pine Streetscape Conceptual Design – Appendix D to Right of Way Improvements Manual View Rule
MDAR 08-01 Operating Hours for City Properties; Unauthorized Camping on City Properties; Enforcement Procedures; and Removal of Unauthorized Property View Rule
SDOT 2-07 Green Streets: Design Guidelines and Review Process View Rule
SDOT 1-07 Review of Visual Artworks View Rule
SDOT 2-06 Skybridge Permits View Rule
SDOT 3-05 Terry Avenue North Street Design Guidelines – Appendix C to Street Improvement Manual View Rule
SDOT 2-05 The Right-of-Way Improvements Manual, Chapters 3 and 4 View Rule
SDOT 11-2003 Seattle Design Guidelines for Link Light Rail, Beacon Hill Station View Rule
SDOT 2002-4 Street Element Excerpt from the Ballard Municipal Center Master Plan – Appendix to Street Improvement Manual View Rule
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SDOT 03-2002 SDOT Rules of Conduct View Rule
SDOT 02-02 Posting of temporary signs on City owned utility poles, lampposts and traffic signposts in planting strips. Definitions, objectives regulations. View Rule
SeaTran 2-2001 Seattle Design Guidelines for Link Light Rail, Southeast Seattle Stations View Rule
SeaTran 01-1 SeaTran Review Process for Sign Kiosks Proposed in the Right-of-Way View Rule
SeaTran 20-2000 Seattle Design Guidelines for Link Light Rail, Royal Brougham and Lander Stations View Rule
SED 95-1 Standards for Issuance or Denial of Street Use Permits View Rule
SED 94-2 First Amendment Vending of Merchandise View Rule
SED 93-6 Alley Closures View Rule