Sidewalk Merchandise Displays

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, 2020. Our counters remain closed until further notice. This includes both the Street Use and the Traffic and Parking permit counters at the Seattle Municipal Tower on floors 23 and 37. We are still processing permit applications.

You can submit applications for all permit types online through the Seattle Services Portal.

Our staff will be available to provide application coaching and assist with issuing permits by phone or e-mail.

How do I get a permit for displaying merchandise on the sidewalk?

This permit allows business owners to display merchandise on the sidewalk in front of their building.

You can apply for this permit on the Seattle Services Portal. Use the button on the right to sign in!

Under "Create New" select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Long Term Use" and "Merchandise Display" record type. Follow this guide for more detailed instructions.

Displays in the furniture zone, or displays with dimensions wider than the store front, may be permitted as long as an adequate pedestrian zone is maintained. A pedestrian zone wider than 5' may be required depending on the terms of the merchandise display.

Required documents: