Street Use Online Permitting
Due to a high volume of on-line permit applications and low staffing levels, the current turnaround time for Street Use to perform an initial review for on line permit requests is 5 business days
This does not include additional time that may be necessary to review traffic control plans, site plans, or other required documentation.
*if you need an extension for an existing permit please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your permit number in the subject line
If you need your permit sooner you must visit the Street Use Counter at 700 5th Ave, 23rd Floor, Seattle. The Street Use Counter is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Thursday from 10:30 am to 5 pm
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
Right-of-Way Permits. The applications submitted through this site are
processed by the Street Use section. For more information about Street
Use and Street Use Right-of-Way permits, click here.
Street Use 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 to be paid in advance of issuance. If you have never
applied for a Street Use Right-of-Way Permit before and are new to the
permitting process, please visit the Street Use office at the 23rd
floor of 700 5th Avenue for more information. To review the current fee
schedule for Street Use Right-of-Way Permits, please click here.
Note: New required form - If your proposed
project includes construction of a permanent structure in the public
right-of-way for your own personal or for private use, you will be
required to sign an acknowledgement confirming that you understand that
your permit application may not be approved. Use this link to review
the form. Examples of this type of encroachment include, but are not
limited to these types of projects: walls; decks/patios; rockeries and
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 Right-of-Way 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 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, short term uses of
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
The diagram below illustrates the basic online permit application
process. Additional steps may be needed, depending on each individual
If you would like to renew/extend an existing permit - you must contact Street Use at the Permitting Counter or send the 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)
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.