Play Streets Permits

Play streets temporarily close neighborhood streets to vehicle traffic and open them to kids (and adults) so they can have more space for play and physical activity. You may host a play street up to three times per week, and play street duration is limited to 6 hours per day. Additionally, all play streets must be completed by 10 PM or dusk, whichever is earlier.

Recurring play street permits are now valid from the beginning of October to end of March (winter season), and the beginning of April to the end of September (summer season). You can apply any time of the year, but permits will be issued for either the winter or summer season, and applicants will need to reapply in advance of the next season if they wish to continue their play street.

Apply for a Play Street Permit

There are a few things to keep in mind before applying for a play street permit:

  • The play street should be no more than one block long
  • The street should be a non-arterial (Find your street type here.)
  • The street can’t have an active bus route
  • There must be clear visibility from each intersection
  • The play street must have neighborhood support. This means that before you apply, you’ll have to notify your neighbors that you’d like to plan a play street. To make this step easier we’ve posted a sample notification flyer that you can use, or feel free to make your own!
  • Safety for people in the street is very important to us, so we have some rules about how to barricade your street while people are playing. View our play street event set-up requirements.

Ready to apply? Download an application. You will receive notification and instructions for your permit via email once it has been approved. Please allow 30 days to obtain the permit.

Please include the following items in your application package:

  1. Application Form: Please include where you live and when you’d like to have your play street, along with what activities you’re planning for your play street.
  2. Site Map: Indicate which block you want to temporarily close and where you will be placing barricades. You can get an aerial of your street from many online mapping websites or request that one be provided to you by SDOT.
  3. Outreach method: You must contact your neighbors about your play street, whether by posting fliers, emailing neighbors, creating posts on neighborhood message boards, or having personal conversations. Please include a copy of your method in your application package.
  4. Signature sheet (optional): If you plan on hosting your play street more than once a month, we recommend that you submit a roster of support from the neighbors on your block in addition to the copy of your outreach method. While there’s no requirement to how many signatures you need on the roster, the more the better.

Submit your application package by emailing your application package to annualpermits@seattle.gov. For more information on our permit counter, please click here.

When you receive your play street permit, you will have the option to borrow two sets of signs (play street signs and street closed signs) that need to be placed at the ends of your play street. These can be picked up at the SDOT Street Use counter on the 23rd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 5th Ave, or at your local City of Seattle Customer Service Center. You must also provide barricades at both ends of your play street, spaced 5 feet apart and at least 3 feet tall. Be sure to place an adult to monitor the barricades. You may either use personal trash bins or furniture as your barricades, or you may rent them from local providers.

Additional Information

Our Play Street Handbook contains information on the program’s background, application process, ideas for play street activities, as well as other helpful things to keep in mind when planning your play street. We recommend you review this handbook before applying for a play street permit.

Still have questions after viewing the handbook? Check out our play streets FAQ.