Parklets and Streateries Permits

Please Note:

In May 2018, we launched a new online portal to pay permit use fees and issuance fees. Since that time, we've received lots of great feedback, which we have been working to implement. Beginning July 9, you will be able to search for permits not only by permit number, but by customer/company ID, customer/company name, and permit address. You will also be able to see the review and inspection status of permits. Check out our one-page informational document with more information about these new search features.

Click here to visit our new online payment portal. If you have any questions, please contact us at SDOTPermits@seattle.gov

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: 12 weeks
  • Traffic Control Plan (TCP) reviews: 10 weeks

Click here to view our one-page informational document. 

Apply for a Parklet or Streatery Permit

About the Permit Process

To prepare for applying for your parklet or streatery, our Parklet Handbook and Streatery Supplement are both helpful resources.

Additionally, the Forms and Examples Supplement provides all the forms you’ll need to complete during the parklet and streatery process. You’ll also find examples of previously-submitted parklet applications, concept designs, and construction documents.

When submitting your parklet or streatery application, please include the exact location of the proposed installation, including the addresses of adjacent businesses and the number of parking spaces needed.

Please also provide a description of what you’re planning for the space, including your reason for hosting and the activities supported in the space (and your hours of service, if applying to host a streatery).

Your application package must also include:

  • A site plan
  • Photos of the area
  • Three letters of community support (four for a streatery)
  • Proof of contact with the local business or neighborhood association (if applicable)
  • A letter of authorization signed by the business owner, if applying for a streatery

You may submit your completed application package either via email to parklets@seattle.gov, or in person at the Street Use Permit Counter.

Parklet and streatery projects can be costly to design, permit, and construct. However, parklet hosts are often able to find outside funding sources and donated services and materials for their projects. If you’re concerned about the expense of building a parklet or streatery, we can help connect you with a number of funding resources to reduce costs. We generally recommend considering available city grants, crowdfunding websites, volunteer services, and partnerships with other organizations to get your project rolling.

Click here to view recently submitted and approved parklet and streatery applications. The downloadable Excel spreadsheet is updated every Monday and Thursday afternoon.

Public notices of these applications have been mailed to all street-level business entities, public entities, and residences within 200 feet of the proposed parklet or streatery location. A copy of the public notice has also been posted at each proposed parklet or streatery site in locations visible from the adjacent sidewalk, and it will remain posted during the two-week public comment period. The notice form includes detailed information on the proposed parklet or streatery, comment period dates, and an explanation of how the public can comment on the pending application and request a review or reconsideration of a permit decision.

Written comments concerning Street Use permit applications must be postmarked or emailed to SDOT no later than 10 business days after the first day of the public notice period.

Please submit your comments by sending a letter or email to:

Seattle Department of Transportation
Attn: Public Space Management Program
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

OR

PublicSpace@seattle.gov

Please include the permit number, your name and contact information, and the specific reason for your comment concerning an application.

After a public notice period has ended, SDOT will decide to approve, modify, or deny a Street Use permit application. Any person may request a review or reconsideration of a decision made by SDOT. This written request must be sent to the SDOT Director within 10 calendar days of the date of the SDOT decision (SMC 15.04.112). The request must identify the decision for which review or reconsideration is requested, grounds for objecting to the decision based on City standards, and the specific remedy being proposed. The Director will designate a review officer who will make a recommendation to the Director. The Director may, at his or her discretion, stay implementation of a decision pending review or reconsideration. The Director’s decision on review or reconsideration is final.

A request for review or reconsideration should be submitted to:

Director of Transportation
Seattle Department of Transportation
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3800
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

With a copy sent to:

Division Director
Street Use
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2300
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

In addition, please submit a copy of your request via email to our Public Space Management group at publicspace@seattle.gov.

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