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Online Permitting Site Help: Applying for a Permit

Permit Type and Details

There are two types of permit applications:

  • Simple Street Use – permit that will be used one-time only for a fixed amount of time.
  • Annual Renewing Street Use – permit for right of way use that will be needed on a continual basis. This type of permit is renewed annually.

You may apply for a permit online IF you have a PIN.  To do so:

  1. Once logged in, click Start an Application.

For high volume online permit applicants, there is also a personal identification number (PIN) method. To apply for a permit online with a PIN:

  1. Select the application type from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select Work Type. Utility should be selected for any permit request to repair or connect utilities (water, sewer, gas or electricity). Other Use of Right of Way should be selected for non-utility permits.
  3. Note: A simple street use permit can either be a Utility permit or an Other Use of Right of Way. A Utility permit cannot be an annual permit.

  4. Enter a complete description of the work in the text box.

  5. (NEW) PINs have been added to OLP.  High volume users applying via this online system are required to submit application for Street Use with an Account PIN.

Click Next when finished.

Permit Site Address

Enter the address where the right of way work is being performed. If no address exists, choose the closest address and note it in the location details.

  • Enter the street Number in the Number text box.
  • Optional: Select the direction (N, E, S. W, NE, SE, NW, or SW) from the drop-down menu if the direction is before the street name in the address.
  • Enter the Street Name. Do NOT enter the suffix (AVE, ST, WAY, etc.).
  • Select the suffix (AVE, BLVD, ST, WAY, etc.) from the drop-down menu.
  • Optional: Select the direction (C, N, E, S. W, NE, SE, NW, or SW) from the drop-down menu if the direction is after the street name in the address.
  • Optional: Enter the apartment or suite number, if applicable.
  • The City and State fields are pre-filled.
  • Enter the zip code.

In the Additional Permit Location Details box, enter any additional information about the specific location of the right of way work being performed. Example: “In the alley behind the house.”

Click Next when finished.

Permit Site Location

Verify the permit address you entered.

Choose an address from the list or select Submit location as entered .

If Submit location as entered is selected, a Permit Specialist will assign your permit to a nearby address or an inspection district. You may be contacted to confirm the information you have submitted. Please include as much pertinent information as possible for this address. WARNING: Selecting this option may result in a delay in processing your permit.

Click Next when finished.

Permit Type of Use

  1. Click Add Type of Use button.
  2. A popup window will open so that the details of the permit can be specified. Use codes can be found at The contents of this window will vary depending on the type of permit being requested.

  3. Select the type of use from the drop down window.
  4. Enter the start date in “mm/dd/yyyy” format.
  5. Enter the length of time (duration) the permit will be needed in days.
  6. Enter square footage you will be occupying. Ensure the measurement provided with your application is as accurate as possible. An inspector will be verifying the measurements and any discrepancies (shortages) will be billed accordingly.

Click Save and Continue when finished.

The information you have entered will be filled in below the blue banner. Verify that the information entered is correct. Edit and Delete options will show up under Operations. Once you confirmed the information is accurate, complete the additional questions that appear.

Indicate if the work will be done on an Arterial or a non-Arterial. Check the following web site: if you need to determine if the permit is for work done on an arterial.

If the permit is for certain utility work done in right of way, indicate who will be restoring the street.

If the permit is for an annual renewing permit a first day of occupation will be required.

A job number can be added on some types of permits, but is not necessary.


Click Next to continue.

Mobility Impacts and Impacted Infrastructure

Indicate if there are any mobility and/or infrastructure impacts by checking one or more boxes. If there are mobility impacts, indicate the Time of Day by checking the appropriate box.

Check “No Impact” if applicable

Applicant, Permittee, 24-hour Contact, & Additional Contacts

  1. Use the drop-down menu to select your relationship to the permit.
  2. Select the Permittee
    • The person responsible for deposits, billings, payments, and all other Terms of this Application
    • The permittee can be the applicant, another individual, or a company
  3. Select the 24-hour contact
    • The 24-hour contact must have a mobile phone number
    • The 24-hour contact can only be an individual (not a company)

Click Next when finished.

  1. Add Additional contacts if desired

  2. Indicate which contact is the Primary for the permit
    • The Primary contact is the main point of contact who can speak knowledgeably about the permit application
    • The Primary contact can only be an individual (not a company)

Click Next when finished.

Confirm the application information. If any of the information is incorrect, click the PREV button to go back to the application and make corrections. Click the FINISH button when all of the information is correct.

Company Selection

If you select either another individual or a company as the responsible party, the heading on the next page will show Company Selection. There will be contact information boxes to complete with information on the responsible party and a choice of names or companies if there are any matches to your selection. Select the match or use the text boxes to enter the individual or company information for the responsible party.

Click Next when finished.

Application Information Confirmation

  1. You will be asked to confirm the application information. Review and edit as necessary. The application is divided into sections. Click the links to the right to access the page where you need to make changes.
  2. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find an option to submit another permit similar to the one you have created. You may find this helpful if you’re submitting multiple permits of similar type.
  3. Click FINISH if all the information is accurate or click the PREV button to edit the application. Click Cancel if you want to end the permit application process.
  4. An agreement to terms dialog box will appear to confirm your agreement to the terms of the permitting process.
  5. Click OK to continue.

Application Status

The final page will provide you with a pending permit number. You may print a copy of the application from this page.

You will be contacted by email when your application has been received. If Street Use has any issues with your application, you will be contacted. Alternatively, you can contact Street Use using the contact information provided on this form.

Please note: the permit is not valid, and work is not to begin, until you have been notified by SDOT that you have a valid permit and it has been paid for.

The status of your application can be checked at any time by viewing your permit and clicking the “Check Status” hyperlink at the bottom of the page.

The Application Status page displays the status of any conditions, reviews and inspections associated with the permit.

You can also access the Formal Circulation Review Tracking page for ST MAJOR (Type 45) permits by clicking the Circulation Details hyperlink within the Application Status page.

Formal Circulation Review Tracking Page

The “Formal Circulation Review Tracking” page provides review details for the permit.

SDOT Review
The “Review Details” section displays information related to the review SDOT is performing. If no information is displayed, the plan is not currently under review with SDOT.

Outside Review
The “Plan Circulation Details” table displays information related to other departments that are performing reviews (e.g. Qwest, PSE, etc.).

If “No Circulation Party Details available” displays, it can mean one of of two things:

  • The plan will not be circulated for additional review, or
  • The plan has not yet been circulated for review


You can log on to the Online Permitting site to check the status of your permit. You will also receive an email when your permit has been reviewed and ready for payment. Payments can be made in person or online.

  1. Click the Pay Fees button at the bottom of the page.

  2. Select the method of payment.

  3. If you choose to pay in person, you will be instructed to bring your payment in the form of cash, credit card or personal check to the Seattle Department of Transportation located at:

    700 5th Ave
    23rd Floor – Street Use
    Seattle, WA 98124

    Important: Do not mail payments. Payments sent via mail will not be accepted.

  4. If you select the option to pay by credit or debit card you will be redirected to the SDOT Online Permitting Payment site. Click Continue.
  5. Complete the credit card information.
  6. Click the Insert Applicant Info button to auto-populate the credit card name and billing address with applicant’s name and address.
  7. Click Continue when all the credit card information is entered.

SDOT Online Permitting Payment – Confirmation

  1. The permit number, amount of the permit fee and credit card information will appear for final confirmation. Click Edit Payment Information to make changes, Cancel to cancel the payment or Continue to process.
  2. A payment authorization will be generated with the date and time of the payment as well as an authorization code for the transaction. Print this page for your records.
  3. Click Continue to go back to the Seattle Department of Transportation Online Permitting site and view your permit information and payment status.
  4. IMPORTANT: Your Street Use permit is not valid unless you print a copy of the permit and have it available on the job site.


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