Street Use & Urban Forestry Online Permitting
Please Note: Online Permitting will be unavailable from 6:30 am to approximately 12:30 pm on Friday 5/2/2014. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Online permitting is now using Kubra as our vendor to process credit card payments. When paying fees online, you will be redirected to a secure site to make your payment.
Due to a high volume of online permit applications , the current turnaround time for Street Use & Urban Forestry to review an initial application submittal is 3-5 business days.
Once your application submittal is complete, permit requests will be processed.
Permit applications for construction and utility work on arterials, in Hub areas, or in High Impact Downtown Core zones require additional review. Such projects may require the submission of a formal traffic control plan or other required documentation, and an additional 10-15 days for review.
*if you need an extension for an existing permit please email SDOTPermits@seattle.gov with your permit number in the subject line and attach your current site plan.
If you need to obtain information about your permit application request sooner you may visit Permit Services at 700 5th Ave, 23rd Floor, Seattle. Permit Services is open:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday - 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- We are no longer able to accept payments after 4:45 p.m.
- Applicants arriving after 4:30 p.m. may not receive a permit that day.
Welcome to the Seattle Department of Transportation Online Permitting Site. This site is a secure, web-based system that allows customers to apply for, check the status of, and pay for certain types of Street Use & Urban Forestry right of way permits. For more information about Street Use & Urban Forestry permits, click here.
Street Use & Urban Forestry right of way permits are required for various situations in which there is use, occupation and/or construction in Seattle's rights-of-way. There are over 60 types of these permits. Most permits require fees be paid in advance of issuance. If you have never applied for a permit before and are new to the permitting process, please visit Permit Services on the 23rd floor of 700 5th Avenue for more information. To review the current permit fee schedule, please click here.
If you are ready to apply for a permit now, click here.
What can you do within the Online Permitting site?
Apply for Street Use & Urban Forestry Permit - Submit an application online for certain types of permits (not including Major Use permits, such as excavations deeper than four feet and permanent street grading; please visit Street Use & Urban Forestry in person to apply for these). Please refer to the detailed application process.
Be sure to select the appropriate permit type: Renewing St. Use (signs, table & chairs, long term private encroachments) or Simple St. Use (construction or utility work, gardening activity, and short term uses of right-of-way).
Pay for Street Use Right-of-Way Permit - After your application has been approved you can pay for your permit online using your Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card.
Check permit status - At any point after submission of your application, you can check the status of the permit. In addition to permit applications that were submitted online, applications that were previously submitted in person at Street Use can also be reviewed online to check their status (you must have an online account setup to do so).
The diagram below illustrates the basic online permit application submittal process. Additional steps may be needed, depending on each individual situation:
If you would like to renew/extend an existing permit - you must visit Street Use & Urban Forestry Permit Services on the 23rd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower or send details of your renewal/extension request to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov including the following:
- Permit number
- Square footage
- Indicate if the space has been vacated for 10 or more days (this will need to be verified by an SDOT Street Use inspector)
- Current Site Plan
You will be contacted by email when your renewal/extension information has been received and fees are ready to be paid.
Please note: The renewal/extension is not valid, and work is not to begin, until you have been notified by SDOT that you have a valid permit and it has been paid for.