Permits

Permit Counter Temporary Closures

To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, we will close our public-facing customer service counters starting Monday, March 16. We expect to reopen our counters Monday morning, April 13, but will continue to evaluate this timeline as the outbreak evolves. This includes both the Street Use and the Traffic and Parking permit counters at the Seattle Municipal Tower on floors 23 and 37.

For construction use in the right-of-way and street improvement permits, please e-mail your completed application to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.

For major utility permits, please e-mail your completed application to SDOTUtilPermits@Seattle.gov and be sure to use the subject line: Permit#_ProjAddress – UMP New Application / Modification Application

For all other permits, please apply online through the Seattle Services Portal.

Our staff will be available to provide application coaching and assist with issuing permits by phone.

Street Use Permit Counter: 206-684-5253

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Traffic and Parking Permit Counter: 206-684-5086

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parking and Traffic Permits

We issue permits for oversized and/or overweight vehicles to use Seattle streets in addition to issuing on-street parking permits.

Construction Use, Major Development, Street Improvement, and Utility Work in the Right-of-Way Permits

We issue a number of different types of permits for activities that impact mobility on Seattle's sidewalks and streets.

Retail and Food Service-related permits

We issue permits for food trucks, sidewalk merchandise displays, sidewalk cafés, and other uses of the right-of-way that can enhance a business.

Neighborhood and Community Permits

We encourage using Seattle's streets and sidewalks to make our communities and neighborhoods vibrant. 

Planning, Review, and Inspections Services

Our teams coordinate and inspect activities in the right-of-way and collaborate with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections to streamline the permitting process.

Permitting Tools and Resources

To help you with the permitting process, we've created a number of tools and other resources.