Sidewalk Tables and Chairs

How do I get a permit for tables and chairs on a sidewalk?

This permit allows businesses to set out tables and chairs on the sidewalk outside the business. These are open for use by both customers and the public. Table service may not be provided, and alcohol cannot be consumed. Tables and chairs must be removed daily and fixed improvements (e.g. a railing) may not be installed.

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 "Private Structures/Uses" record type. Follow this guide for more detailed instructions.

Required documents:

  • Site plan (template available here), including a detail of the proposed tables and chairs
  • Photo or conceptual image
  • Certificate of insurance (refer to CAM 2102)
  • Historic/Landmark District Certificate of Approval (if in an historic district)