How to Estimate and Pay Permit Fees

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Parking Permits and Related Fees

Street Use Permits and Related Fees

How to Use the Use Fee Estimator

Public Space Permits - Occupancy Fees

Public Space Vending Permits

How to Pay Your Permit Fees

Parking Permits and Related Fees

For information about parking permit fees, please visit the Parking Permits page.

Street Use Permits and Related Fees

There are several types of fees related to Street Use permits.

  • Permit Fees
  • Hourly Fees
  • Use Fees
  • Occupation Fees

Permit fees are one-time fees for the issuance or renewal of a permit.

NOTE: Depending on its complexity, an application may incur hourly fees for inspection and review for which you will be billed separately.

Use fees are what we charge permit holders for the square footage area of the right-of-way that they use short-term for non-transportation uses. Use fees are charged in addition to permit and hourly fees.

Occupation fees are what we charge permit holders for the square footage area of the right-of-way that they use long-term for non-transportation uses. Occupation fees are charged in addition to permit and hourly fees.

Both Use and Occupation fees help fund the voluntary improvement program (SMC 15.04.100) and road maintenance programs, subsidize permitting for positive uses of the right-of-way, program administration, and process improvements. Beginning this year, these fees will be adjusted annually based on the percentage change of the Average Assessed Land Value (AALV). 

Click here for the complete fee schedule.

How to Use the Use Fee Estimator

We have created this online tool to assist you with estimating your Use fees. Please note that this tool is only for Use fees and does not include any related permit fees or hourly fees that you may incur. If you are applying for a Public Space or Vending permit, see the section below on Public Space Occupancy Fees and Vending Permits

If you wish to estimate your Use fees manually, download the Street Use Methodology for Calculating Use Fees. We have also created an Excel version of the Street Use Use Fee Estimator for offline use!

Public Space Permits - Occupation Fees

Visit the Public Space Permits web page for a complete list of these permits.

We are assessing Occupation fees for many of our permits based on the impacts to high use areas like arterials and in Urban Centers and Villages. Table 1: New Occupation Fee Model (below) illustrates the model 

Table 1: Occupation Fee Model (Effective 6/10/2019)

Cost per square foot Urban Center Urban Village Neither
Arterial street $1.40 $1.35 $.90
Non-arterial street $1.20 $1.15 $.70

You can look up information about Urban Centers, Urban Villages, and street types on Streets Illustrated.

Permits with Occupation Fees

The table below shows the permitted use description and relevant Occupation fee. 

Table 2: Occupation Fee According to Permitted Use

Permitted Use Description Occupation Fee
At-grade structures See Table 1: Occupation Fee Model
Above- or below-grade structures $0.70 per square foot
Signs and advertising in the right-of-way First sign: $0; each additional sign: $75
Fixed ground sign $767 per sign
Fenced material storage and private use See Table 1: Occupation Fee Model
Merchandise display See Table 1: Occupation Fee Model
Sidewalk cafés See Table 1: Occupation Fee Model
Curb space cafés (streateries)

See Table 1: Occupation Fee Model + 

$3,176/removed paid parking space or $300/removed non-paid parking space

Non-decommissioned underground storage tanks $767 per tank
Permanent soldier piles $1,011 per pile
Structures, moorage, and overhangs in state waterways $2.18 per square foot
Active areaways $0.70 per square foot

Public Space Vending Permits

We encourage street-food and flower vending to increase public use, enjoyment, and safety of our public right-of-way. Street-food vending is a great way to encourage walking, add vitality to the street, and promote local economic development. Please visit our Vending Permits page for more information about these permit types.

Curb Space Vending 

Vending from a food vehicle parked in a curb space is permitted under a site specific vending permit. These permits are valid for a one-year duration. The Occupation fee is an annual fee based on the number of 4-hour blocks of vending time per week and the type of parking space where the vending takes place. 

Example: vending one day a week in a paid parking stall for 4-hours would have a $478 yearly Occupation fee. Vending two days a week in a paid parking stall for 4-hours each day would have a $956 yearly Occupation fee. 

Description  
Occupation fee, per 4-hour block of vending - paid parking stall $478
Occupation fee, per 4-hour block of vending - non-paid parking stall $104
Issuance Fee $181
Hourly Review and Inspection Rate - invoiced $269
Permit Duration 1 year

Stadium and Event Center, Sidewalk, and Plaza Vending (19C and 19E)

Description  
Occupation fee Rate calculated by square footage and location, see below
Issuance fee $181
Hourly Review and Inspection Rate - invoiced $269
Permit Duration 1 year

The Occupation fee for stadium and event center, sidewalk and plaza vending permits are calculated by the square footage of the vending site and by the location of vending per the table below. You can look up the street type, Urban Center, and Urban Village designations on Streets Illustrated.

Stadium and Event Center, Sidewalk, and Plaza Vending Occupation Fees, per sq. foot

Street Type Urban Center Urban Village Neither
Arterial street $1.40 $1.35 $.90
Non-arterial street $1.20 $1.15 $.70

Temporary Vending (19I)

Temporary vending permits allow vending at a private or public event and fees are charged per day.

Description  
Issuance fee $181
Hourly Review and Inspection Rate - invoiced $269
Permit Duration  Maximum 4 days in a 6-month period or 1-time per year in residential zones

Mobile Vending (19J)

Mobile food vending includes selling pre-packaged food, beverages, or flowers from a mobile unit on a route and are issued for a one-year duration. This does not apply to food vehicles selling prepared food from a curb space.

Description  
Issuance fee $181
Hourly Review and Inspection Rate - invoiced None
Permit Duration 1 year

First Amendment Permits (19B/19K)

First Amendment permits include vending for eligible First Amendment merchandise or First Amendment expressive activity. 

Description Vending Expressive Activity
Issuance Fee $0 $0
Occupation Fee $50/mo $0
Hourly Review and Inspection Rate - invoiced See below See below

Depending on the proposed First Amendment vending or expressive activity, permit applicants may be invoiced for review and inspection at an hourly rate.

How to Pay Your Permit Fees

Invoiced Fees

To pay an invoice, please mail a check to the address listed on your invoice.

Invoiced fees cannot be paid over the phone or at either the Street Use or Traffic permit counters. If your permit was issued through the Seattle Services Portal, invoiced fees can be paid online. Otherwise, please remit payment according to the instructions on the invoice.

Online Fee Payments

If your permit number is six digits long, you can pay your fees online using the Pay Permit Fees application. When doing so, you will be asked to enter your permit number, customer/company ID, customer/company name, or permit address.  

If you applied for your permit using the Seattle Services Portal, please log into the Seattle Services Portal to make your payment.

In Person Payments

You can make payment in person at either the Street Use or Traffic permit counters during normal business hours. We accept payment in cash, checks made payable to the City of Seattle, Visa, or Mastercard.

Street Use permit counter Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday, Thursday: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Traffic permit counter Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm