Permit Service Counters and Client Assistance Memos

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 closed our public-facing customer service counters on Monday, March 16. We expect to reopen our counters Monday morning, May 4, 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.

We are here to meet your permitting needs through two permit service counters, both located in the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 5th Ave in downtown Seattle. Please see below for information on the services offered at each counter, as well as directions and hours of operation. Then, visit the appropriate counter to submit your application or speak with a permit specialist about any questions or concerns you may have regarding the application process. Depending on the nature and complexity of your project, permit coaching services may also be available.

Permit Counters

Street Use Permit Counter

The Street Use permit counter hours are:


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

Location:

700 5th Avenue, Floor 23  
Seattle Municipal Tower 
Seattle, WA 98124

Directions to the Seattle Municipal Tower may be found here

Types of Permits: 

Contact:

You may contact the Street Use permit service counter by calling 206-684-5253 or by emailing SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.

Traffic Permits Counter

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 

Location:

700 5th Avenue, Floor 37  
Seattle Municipal Tower 
Seattle, WA 98124

Directions to the Seattle Municipal Tower may be found here

Types of Permits:

The Traffic and Parking permit counter issues the following types of permits:

  • Truck Permits (annual and short-term)
  • Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) 
  • Carpool 

You can apply for truck and carpool permits online here. You may also apply in person at our traffic permits service counter. 

Contact:

You may contact the traffic permits counter by calling 206-684-5086 or by emailing rpzinfo@seattle.gov for RPZ related questions and trafficpermitsinfo@seattle.gov for any truck-permit related question.

Client Assistance Memos

Client assistance memos (CAMs) are designed to provide accessible, easy-to-understand information on the processes and requirements associated with permitting and completing projects with the Seattle Department of Transportation. View all Client Assistance Memos in our SDOT Document Library.