Inspections

Please Note:

Based on information provided by WSDOT, on January 11, 2019, State Route 99 through downtown Seattle will be closing for approximately three weeks to realign SR 99 into the new tunnel. During the closure, both the viaduct and the tunnel will be closed. Drivers should expect up to six weeks of region-wide congestion. 

To minimize transportation impacts, construction and curbspace vending will be restricted on critical streets from January 4 - February 15, 2019. Please see the Restrictions During Viaduct Closure map showing streets where right-of-way closures will not be permitted.

If work has been scheduled during the restriction period, we will contact you prior to the closure of the viaduct. Your permit may be revoked with at least 30 calendar days' notice, per SMC 15.04.070. Any revoked permits will be re-issued after the closure with no additional costs.

Please see our informational one-page document for more information. 

In Addition:

The City of Seattle is still experiencing a high volume of construction applications for both private and public projects. Traffic Control Plan (TCP) reviews have extended beyond typical timelines, which is directly impacting timelines for Right-of-Way (ROW) Management permits. This is a temporary impact, improving as more resources become available and processes are streamlined.

Right now, the below timelines can be expected. These timelines may vary based on the complexity of the project.

  • ROW Management permit intake and screening timeline: 4 business days
  • ROW Management permit timeline without TCP: 4 weeks
  • ROW Management permit timeline with TCP: 14 weeks
  • Traffic Control Plan (TCP) reviews: 11 weeks

Street Use Inspections

What's New

We updated our Inspections District map! Click here to view our updated map.

What We Do

Street Use inspectors are responsible for enforcing the right-of-way rules and regulations of the City of Seattle, including the permit conditions. This is to ensure that all construction, safety, and accessibility requirements of the permit are met as approved. All inspections are billed at an hourly rate.

Inspectors both proactively inspect project sites and respond to inquiries from the traveling public. Simple projects and right-of-way uses (such as moving containers and dumpsters) are only inspected if a problem warrants it, while more complex projects fall into a routine inspection schedule.

The inspection schedule for complex projects is as follows:

  1. Initial inspection: To ensure traffic-control and stormwater best management practices are set up correctly, and to review the project at the very start.
  2. Periodic site inspections: To ensure that all work is staying in compliance with the terms of the permit. The periodic inspection schedule varies in association with the possible impacts to the transportation network and surrounding land use.
    • Every 10 days for arterials, high-impact areas, or urban villages
    • Every 20 days for low-impact areas
  3. Final inspection: To ensure that the street and sidewalk are clear, and that all infrastructure is properly repaired.
  4. Acceptance inspection: To ensure that any restoration is functioning and without defect.

Program Goals

The Street Use inspections team seeks to:

  • Ensure that work permitted for the right of way is done in accordance with the terms of issued permits
  • Identify unpermitted work taking place in the right of way and take action to either halt the work or bring it under permit

Inspection Districts and Assigned Inspectors

The Inspection Districts map shows the various inspection districts within Seattle, along with the name of the inspector assigned to each district. In addition to assigned district inspectors that primarily focus on use of the right of way, we also have street improvement inspectors who inspect new infrastructure being built in the right of way. These inspectors work closely with the district inspectors, but are assigned on a project-by- project basis.

Street Use Inspectors
North & West Central Supervisor: Jon Skinner
206-684-5277
North Construction District
Team Lead Benito Gonzalez
206-684-5944
North

Sandra Petersen
206-615-0897

Crown Hill

Jerome Santos
206-775-4397

Greenlake Jamey Vanater
206-445-3342
Northeast Dawn Steele
206-549-1367
Ballard Kirk Calkins
206-255-6838
North Lake Union Bill Miller
206-549-1331
West Central Construction District
Team Lead Danny Young
206-233-3849
Magnolia / Queen Anne Horton Young
206-316-7304
South Lake Union Kyle Abrahamson
206-472-3899
Belltown Kepueli Moimoi
206-455-4816
Downtown Damon Siguenza
206-379-2227
East Central & South Supervisor: David Ryles
206-684-8565
East Central Construction District
Team Lead Ted Malveaux
206-681-6967
University Daniel Conn
206-305-6971
West Capitol Hill Bryan Harris
206-473-1854
Central Capitol Hill Jessica Crosetto
206-445-8774
East Capitol Hill Salim Mayberry
206-615-1256
Rainier David Soule
206-669-7350
South Construction District
Team Lead Dennis Stewart
206-386-9881
West Seattle Michael Minor
206-445-9578
Delridge Garrick Hopkins
206-379-3655
Duwamish Lorin Rafferty
206-450-0789
South Seattle Allison Holtz
206-485-5273
Street Improvements / Major Projects Supervisor: William Bou
206-684-9250
Kenyon Johnson
206-375-4477
Mike McCandlish
206-786-9037
Kevin Miller
206-255-8847
Tim Stegner
206-396-5955
Jack Holliday
206-681-6804
Shoring / Excavation
Mike Houlihan
206-310-3453

For general questions about Street Use inspections, please call the Street Use permit counter at 206-684-5253.

So You Want To...

All inspections are billed at an hourly rate and will be based on the time spent on the project site. The current hourly inspection rate is listed on the Street Use permit fee schedule.

Please note that working in the right of way without a permit covering all needed uses of public space may result in issuance of warnings, citations (with monetary penalties), and/ or stop-work orders.

If you would like to report a concern or request an inspection of construction activity in the right of way, please use the City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau (CSB) service request form, or contact a CSB representative at 206-684-ROAD.

To notify SDOT of a time sensitive safety-related issue please call our 24-hour dispatch office at 206-386-1218

If you would like to learn more about City of Seattle right-of-way codes and rules you may want to start with the following links:

Additional information and tools to help you plan specific types of projects in the right of way can be found on our permit templates and checklists page.