Public Comment

What’s happening now?

Program Update

Starting November 3, 2019, our standards and regulations related to cafés in the public place are changing! Our ordinance to update the café program (125946) was adopted by City Council and signed by Mayor Durkan on October 4, 2019. A quick summary of the program updates can be found in this fact sheet

Your invitation to comment on the proposed Director's Rule 

As a companion to the new ordinance 125946, we have updated the our Director's Rule on Cafés in the Public Place, which interprets the code in Chapter 15.16 Cafés in the Public Place. This proposed Director's Rule is a companion to the newly adopted ordinance 125946 and will supersede our Director's Rule 4-2011 Sidewalk Cafés. This proposed Director's Rule outlines the updated siting standards, design standards, application review processes, and permit considerations for cafés in the public place.

Click here to read the proposed Director's Rule for Cafés in the Public Place

The comment period concludes on October 28, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.

Questions and comments regarding the proposed rule may be directed to Ellie Smith at 206-684-9229 or via email at ellie.smith@seattle.gov.

Street Use Public Comment 

What is a public comment period?

A public comment period is a specific timeframe during which the community may submit remarks on a proposal or project that is being considered by us.  

The following Street Use proposals require a public comment period:

  • New permit applications for outdoor seating, vending, shoreline street ends, and communication cabinets
  • SDOT-designated vending zones
  • State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) threshold determinations
  • Director's Rules and other legislative actions

What proposals are currently open for public comment?

Proposals currently open for public comment are listed below:  

How do I submit comments?

To submit a comment, please include the permit number (if applicable), your name and contact information, and your specific comments. All comments must be postmarked or emailed to us before the project's public comment end date.

Send your comments by letter or email to:

Seattle Department of Transportation
Attn: Public Space Management Program
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

OR

Email: publicspace@seattle.gov

Request a Permit Decision Review

After the public comment period has ended, we will decide to approve, modify, or deny the application. Anyone may request a review or reconsideration of a permit decision that we've made. This must be sent as a written request to the  Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation within 10 calendar days of our decision date (SMC 15.04.112). The request must identify the decision for which review or reconsideration is requested, the grounds for objecting to the decision based on City standards, and the specific remedy being proposed. The Director will designate a review officer who will make a recommendation to the Director. The Director's decision on review or reconsideration is final. 

A request for review or reconsideration should be submitted to:

Director of Transportation
Seattle Department of Transportation
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3800 
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

OR 

Email: cindy.cawaling@seattle.gov

With a copy to:

Street Use Division Director
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2300
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

OR

Email: publicspace@seattle.gov