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What You Will Need to Apply for a Permit

The first step in applying for a permit is to create a user account. Once created, this account will allow you to apply for, check the status of and pay for permits. The information that you will need to provide to create an account includes:

  • Preferred user name and password
  • Email address
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Mailing address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Daytime phone number

The time required to create your account will be only a few minutes and your account will be activated instantaneously. You may use this account again, if all the information remains the same. Once an account has been created, you will be able to apply for your permit. Some of the information that you will be asked to provide is:

  • Permit type - either a Simple street use (issued for the temporary use of a right-of-way during construction) or an Annual street use (issued for long-term use of a right-of-way).
  • Use code - a code that defines how you will use the right-of-way.
  • Permit Description -any information that is needed for your permit that specifically pertains to the use code for which you are applying. Please review the "Information Needed in Permit Description" field in the use code that applies to your permit. It is imperative that all pertinent information is accurately entered in the Permit Description field. Doing so will allow Street Use staff to evaluate your permit application and help to ensure timely processing.
  • Type of work - either Utility or Other Use of a right-of-way. Utility should be selected for any permit request to repair or connect utilities (water, sewer, gas or electricity) and Other Use should be selected for non-utility permits.
  • Permit site address - the street address, city, state and zip code of where the work in the right-of-way will be performed. If there is no address, choose the closest address and make a notation in the location details of the exact location.
  • Permit location details -the information about the specific location of the right-of- way work being performed (e.g. "In the alley behind the house.").
  • Square footage of right-of- way area being used (some permits) - tthe measured square footage of occupation during the use of the right-of-way area. Please make sure that the measurements you provide with your application are as accurate as possible. An inspector will be verifying the measurements and any discrepancies (shortages) will be billed accordingly.
  • Applicant information - the information about the individual who is submitting the application.
  • Billing information - the information about the party responsible for the payment of any future permit charges or annual invoices (e.g. the charges for a sign permit, the owner of the business utilizing the permit, etc). This includes your relationship to the permit and who is responsible for billing.
  • Street type - - indicates whether the work is on an arterial or a non-arterial. Since the cost of the permit depends on street type, it is important that this information be accurate. The work location may be different than the permit site address. For example, if your site address is on an arterial but the location of work is around the corner on a non-arterial then your street type will be non-arterial. If your work location is in an intersection of an arterial and non-arterial, then your street type is arterial. If your work area goes around the corner, where one portion is on an arterial and another is on a non-arterial, you will need two permits. Please refer to these maps for help determining street type. If you are uncertain about the correct designation, please contact Street Use before applying for your permit.

In the process of applying for a permit, you will be asked to agree to both the City privacy policy* and a statement indemnifying the City**.

* - All information submitted to the City of Seattle in this transaction is considered to be public information, with the exception of credit card information that you may provide to pay fees.

** - By accepting this permit, the permit owner agrees to forever hold and save the City of Seattle free and harmless from any and all claims, actions or damages of every kind and description, including reasonable attorney fees and necessary litigation expenses incurred by the City, which may accrue to or be suffered by, any person by reason of permit owner's use or occupation of the public rights-of-way. The permit is temporary and subject to revocation by the Director of Transportation.

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