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Street Use Permits: Gardening in Planting Strips

Many Seattle residents are interested in planting vegetables and other plants in the planting strip immediately abutting their properties. Plants in planting strips vary greatly in their potential to provide optimum pedestrian and environmental benefits. SDOT encourages the installation of low shrubs, perennial or groundcover plantings that provide a superior degree of separation between the sidewalk and street area. It is important that property owners know the required height and setback requirements for installing vegetation and hardscape elements, like pavers and raised planting boxes, in their planting strip in order to provide adequate sight and access clearances for the public and utilities. These standards and other information can be found in the following two Client Assistance Memos (CAM):

  • Gardening in Planting Strips - CAM 2305
  • Planting Strip Paving and Tree Planting Rules - CAM 2304
More information regarding the SDOT Master Tree list and Street Tree Planting Procedures can be found on the Urban Forestry webpage

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