Street Use Online Permitting
Detailed Application Process
Once you are ready to apply for your permit, you can begin the application process by clicking here. The application process will consist of the following steps:
- Signing into your account (or setting one up if you haven't already done so)
- Indicating the Application Type
- Indicating the Permit Type
- Providing information about the right-of-way area pertinent to the permit
- Providing the permit site address
- Providing permit location details
- Providing details about the work for the permit being requested (square footage, use code type and arterial/non-arterial information)
- Providing billing information for the responsible party
- Confirming the application information
- Submitting the application
At any time after submission, you may log in to your account and check the status of the permit application. A permit specialist from Street Use may contact you to clarify information already submitted or to request additional information.
If you're applying for certain use codes, a field report will be needed. A field report is a proposed description and scope of work that the applicant should create. A copy of the required form is available here. Please review the descriptions of use codes available in Client Assistance Memo (CAM) 2100 to determine if the use code you're applying for requires a field report.
Please fax (206-470-6988) or email a detailed plan for the work to Street Use with your application. A detailed plan is a scaled drawing that shows the proposed work in the right-of-way area. It can be drawn in 1 to 10 or 1 to 20 scale (1 inch equals 10 feet or 1 inch equals 20 feet). Be sure to include your permit application number and permit location on your fax or e-mail. To print out the Online Permitting fax cover sheet, click here.
When submitting information or documents to SDOT via email or fax, please include your permit number and site address on all correspondence.
If, after you've submitted your application, you would like to modify the information on the application or completely withdraw it, please email SDOT at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standard permits are typically issued within two business days but may require more time if information is missing. You will be notified by email when your permit has been approved. After your permit has been approved, you will be able to log in to your account and pay for the permit and all associated fees online using a debit or credit card. Your debit or credit card will be charged at the time of payment. If you choose not to pay online, you can pay in person at the Street Use counter. If you are asked to pay for a deposit, the payment will be placed into an account with the Seattle Department of Transportation to cover anticipated Street Use service and labor charges (e.g., for inspections). This deposit amount does not cover permit fees.
Once your permit is paid for, you will be able to access and print the actual permit by logging onto your account. You must print your permit and save a copy for your records. A copy of the permit must also be available on the job site. A list of permit fees can be viewed here.
Depending on the use code, certain permits may require additional documentation to be submitted. Whether or not this documentation is needed can be determined by reviewing the individual use code descriptions. The various additional documents that may be requested are:
Traffic Control Plan - If your permitted work is on an arterial street, please submit a traffic control plan to Traffic and include the permit number and site address. The plan can also be emailed to email@example.com. This plan is not needed if your work is being done on a non-arterial street. For more information about the Traffic Control Plan, please click here.
Proof of Insurance - Please obtain property damage liability insurance in the amount of $1 million with the city listed as an additional insured endorsement and provide it to Street Use either via fax or in person. For more information about this insurance, please click here.
Indemnity Agreement - Once your permit is received and reviewed, Street Use will prepare an Indemnity Agreement (if it is applicable to your permit) and notify you that it has been prepared. At that time, you can pick up the agreement in person or request Street Use to mail it to you. Please note that after receiving it, you will need to have the document notarized, file it with King County Records and subsequently provide the original document with a King County recording number to Street Use in person. A $150 fee will be charged by Street Use for this service. There may be an additional fee when filing with King County.