Downtown Traffic Control Zone 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.

Downtown Traffic Control Zone Permits

The Downtown Traffic Control Zone Permit allows vehicles 30 feet or longer to operate within the Downtown Traffic Control Zone Monday – Friday, 9AM – 3PM. No permit is required to operate from 7PM – 6AM. Curfews are in effect Monday through Friday from 6AM – 9AM and from 3PM – 7PM.

An oversized vehicle and load permit and/or a Validation Number are required within this zone from 7PM – 6AM. Oversized vehicles and loads shall not operate in this zone from 6AM – 7PM.

How to get a Downtown Traffic Control Zone Permit

Apply online, or

In person at the traffic permit counter
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue, 37th Floor Seattle, WA 98104-5043
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, except holidays

How much does it cost?

$24.00 (Single Trip)
$90 (10-Day)
$180 (30-day)

10 Day and 30 Day permits are granted on a review basis only and must be related to construction.