Storage Container and Residential Dumpster Permits

When are these permits required?

When residential dumpsters or storage containers are placed in public right of way, a permit is required-before delivery and placement.  Be sure to discuss this point with any third party involved in arranging for a dumpster or container. You will need a completed permit application as well as a site plan to apply for the permit. Your container must be in a legal parking space, either paid or unpaid, in front of your property. Be sure to consult with your container company to confirm the space needed for delivery.

Please note that Street Use permits are not needed for moving trucks. However, if your moving truck will be in a restricted parking area, you may need to establish a temporary no parking zone and/or obtain a hooded-meter truck permit through the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Traffic Permits Counter. If you have a trailer and hitch parked in the ROW, it must be attached to a vehicle.
For more information on parking permits, please visit our Parking Permits page.

Learn more about temporary no-parking zones for storage containers

temporary no parking signTemporary No Parking Zones restrict regular parking and provide curb space for your container or dumpster. Temporary No Parking Zones are necessary if you will be officially reserving a parking space for your container in an on-street paid parking area. However, if you are in a restricted parking zone or an unregulated parking area, you do not need to reserve a Temporary No Parking Zone.

To learn more about temporary no-parking permits, please visit our Temporary No Parking Permits page.

Apply for a storage container or residential dumpster permit

The following documents are required to obtain a storage container or residential dumpster permit:

Your completed permit application package may be emailed to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov, or submitted in person at the Street Use permit counter on the 23rd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 5th Ave. Our counter hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, and Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 AM – 5 PM. Please note, we do not accept payments at the permit counter after 4:30 PM.