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Getting a Permit

NEW RIGHT of WAY PERMIT RATES!
Starting March 31, 2016

SDOT Street Use right of way permit rates have changed for the first time in five years, moving to a project/service based model. Now a $305 base permit fee covers multiple right of way use types in a project phase, rather than $146 for each individual use.

Changes to your approved permit plan incur a $155 permit modification fee - so planning well and early saves money. And as we expand our inspector team we are instituting standard inspection schedules:

  • Every 10 days for arterials, high impact areas or urban villages
  • Every 20 days for low impact areas.

The hourly service fee is changing from $172 to $196, but now inspections will be holistic instead of for individual use types.

To learn more, see: 

Questions? Email: SDOTPermits@seattle.gov

Street Use offers more than 60 types of permits for use, occupation and/or construction in the public right of way. They fall under four main categories:

  1. Construction Use & Simple Utility Permits
  2. Public Space Permits
  3. Major Improvements Permits
  4. Urban Forestry Permits

Projects with significant impacts to the public right of way may require a Construction Management Plan (CMP). See below for helpful tools.

NOTE: For information on permitting for pavement restoration contractors click here or see Client Assistance Memo 2602.

WAYS TO APPLY

There are two ways to apply for a Permit:

  1. Email PDF
  2. Permit Services Counter

OPTION 1: Email PDF

Fillable PDFs guiding applicants to provide the required information are available below and on the Applications, Forms & Templates page. Note: Application forms no longer contain the Street Use General Application. General information is incorporated into each project-specific form; the Street Use General Application is no longer required.

Save your completed PDF file and attach it to an email, along with any additional required documentation (site plans, traffic control plans, etc.) and send to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.

Permit Application Types:

Moving Container And Residential Dumpster
Construction Use Permit Application Utility Permit Application
Urban Forestry Permit Application Annual Permit Application
Vending Permit Application Term Permit Application


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OPTION 2: Permit Services Counter

You may apply for a permit in person at the Street Use Permit Services Counter. We are located at:

700 5th Avenue
Seattle Municipal Tower

23rd Floor

Hours of Operation are: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday

10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT:

We do not accept payments after 4:45 p.m.

Applicants arriving after 4:30 p.m. may not receive a permit that day.



Tools and Guides Available:

Questions? Contact us at SDOTPermits@seattle.gov or 206.684.5253, or visit us on the 23rd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 5th Avenue.

RENEW/EXTEND A PERMIT

The options above are the same for renewing or extending a permit. To renew or extend a permit you need to provide the following:

  • Permit number
  • Duration
  • Square footage
  • Indicate if the space has been vacated for 10 or more days (must be verified by SDOT Street Use inspector)
  • Current Site Plan
  • Current Traffic Control Plan (if conditions have changed)
  • Start date

Please note: The renewal or extension is not valid and work is not to begin until the permit is paid for and SDOT has notified you of its approval.


PERMIT TYPES

Permits fall into four main categories, and have applications specific to those types:

Category Type
Construction Use and Simple Utility

  • Impacting Streets/Sidewalks for Construction Purposes
  • Driveways
  • Sidewalk Repairs
  • Simple Utilities
Major Improvements
Public Space Management
Urban Forestry Permits
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Removal or Replacement

Questions?

Contact Street Use at:

206-684-5253 | SDOTPermits@seattle.gov 

Thank you!

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