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Permit Services Online: Pay Permit Fees or Check Status

SDOT is updating permit processing to reduce wait times for all. Now customers can apply for permits using fillable PDF permit applications.

To pay permit fees (to issue a new permit*), view permits, or apply online with a PIN, customers may use Permit Services Online. A PIN is not required for paying for or checking the status of permits.

*Billed permit fees cannot be paid online. At this time, Permit Services Online can only accept payments prior to permit issuance.  This is due to separate accounting programs for each payment type – prior and invoiced – that do not interface.

To improve this less than ideal situation, we are identifying new permitting software for purchase by the end of 2014 to install, test and implement in 2015-2016. We thank you for your patience dealing with the temporary inconvenience!

Questions? Contact Accounting at:

206-684-5058 |

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Street Use & Urban Forestry Permit Services Online site is a secure, web-based system that allows customers to check permit status and pay permit fees. Permits cannot be renewed or extended using Permit Services Online. Visit Getting a Permit for more information.


If you would like to pay online, you may need to create a new account. When setting up a new account to pay for an existing permit, it is imperative that you use the exact name (first and last) to set up your online account that was used when you submitted your initial Street Use application. You must also enter an exact match of your contact ID (provided by Street Use staff at the Permit Services Counter) or one of the following:

  • Your email address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Street address and state
  • The first letter of your first name and the first character of your address

If these entries do not match, you will not be able to create an account linked to your existing permit. After you have entered and submitted your account information, you may select from a list of matches that the system provides. If you do not see your record, click the Previous button and retry your entry.


Once your permit application is approved, you can pay for your permit on Permit Services Online. Please note, online payments can only be accepted prior to permit issuance. Invoiced fees for permit renewals or existing permits can only be paid in person or by mailing in your payment.

To pay fees for a new permit, sign in to your account and follow the prompts to enter your Visa® or MasterCard® information.

After you sign in the option to pay fees becomes available, with the following message:

You may also pay fees for your new permit by visiting us at the Permit Services Counter, or mailing a check to:

  • Permit Services Counter
    SDOT Street Use & Urban Forestry
    P.O. Box 34996
    Seattle, WA 98124-4996

To pay fees for an existing permit (invoiced fees):

The Permit Services Counter can accept cash; Visa® or MasterCard®; or a check made out to SDOT or Seattle Department of Transportation.
NOTE: Permit fees cannot be paid over the phone or via email for security reasons.


To check the status of your permit sign in to your Permit Services Online account and follow the prompts. If you need help creating an account, visit the Permit Services Online help page.

Once you have signed into your account, the option to check status becomes available.

You may also check the status of your permit by:


Contact Street Use & Urban Forestry at:

206-684-5253 |
206-684-TREE (8733) |

Thank you!

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