Permit Service Counters and Client Assistance Memos

Please Note:

Changes to the Street Use permitting fee schedule will be going into effect on April 1, 2018. With approval from City Council as part of the 2018 budget, we are implementing changes to our permitting fee schedule to more accurately reflect the true costs of project permitting.

For construction permits,
the permit issuance and renewal fee changes will be as follows:

  • ROWM Simple: $146 to $150
  • ROWM Complex: $305 to $313
  • Street Improvement Permits/Utility Major Permits: $146 to $4700
  • Permit modification and extension: $155 to $159

For short-term public space permits, the permit issuance fee is increasing from $146 to $175.

For long-term public space permits, the issuance fee is increasing from $146 to $224, while the annual renewal fee is increasing from $140 to $170.

Costs will be decreasing for permits for public amenities, such as street furniture and artwork. While the issuance fee for public amenities is increasing from $146 to $224 for the first year of issuance, permit holders will be allowed to renew their permits for free every year thereafter, as long as renewal is approved.

Lastly, the general rate for permit review and site inspections is increasing from $209/hour to $260/hour.

We will be hosting at least two workshops to provide further guidance and additional information through this process. Workshops will be held:

  • March 5, 10 AM - 11 AM, Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave), Floor 38, Room 3832
  • March 15, 10 AM - 11 AM, Bank of America Building (800 5th Ave), Floor 30, Room 3004

Please contact Liz Sheldon at elizabeth.sheldon@seattle.gov to RSVP.

If you have questions concerning these changes, please contact SDOTPermits@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-5253. For questions related to Public Space permits, please contact publicspace@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-5267.

Cashier Station at Street Use Permit Counter

In Addition:

Due to a high volume of permit applications and significant staff transitions, we are currently experiencing longer permit counter wait times and permit application review timelines. Please plan your trip to the permit counter and project timelines accordingly.

Permit Counter Wait Times (may vary with number of visitors)
           Construction use: 40-60 minutes
           Minor utility: 20-40 minutes

Permit Review Timelines (may vary with permit complexity)
           Arterial streets / construction hubs: 8-10 weeks
           Non-arterial streets:  6-8 weeks
           Modification requests: 4-6 weeks

(Note: Individual status inquiries may not be responded to if the permit review time has not exceeded the timelines listed above.)

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

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
    8 AM to 5 PM
  • Tuesday and Thursday 
    10:30 AM to 5 PM 

We do not accept payments after 4:30 PM. Applicants arriving after 4:30 PM may not receive a permit that day. 

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

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. If you are unable to apply online and must apply in person at our traffic permits service counter located at: 

700 5th Avenue  
Seattle Municipal Tower 
37th Floor
Directions to the Seattle Municipal Tower 

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 

You may also 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.