Street Use Permits for Special Activities
Street Fairs, Farmers Markets and Sidewalk Sales
These and other activities add charm and enliven our neighborhoods, but what would happen in an emergency if a street were closed? Getting a Street Use permit for special activities makes sure departments like police and fire know about the street closure and authorizes the temporary use of public right-of-way.
If your proposed activity requires police attendance and will have at least 50 people in attendance, a Special Event permit may be required.
SDOT issues Street Use permits for any activity that temporarily closes a street or sidewalk except for those including escorted processions, parades, or any activity in which Police Department personnel are required. This type of activity would be classified as a Special Event
Special Activities are mid-size events that temporarily close a non-arterial street and are open to the general public. Special Activities are larger than Neighborhood Block Parties, which close residential streets and are only for people living along that particular block. Families and close friends may also be invited.
During the Special Activity, “STREET CLOSED” signs and barricades are required. These signs must meet SDOT requirements and be supplied by the group or person applying for the Street Use permit. For specific details, visit the Seattle Traffic Control Manual web page and scroll down to Chapter VIII Detours and Street Closures, or click here to learn how to properly set up barricades. Neighborhood Block Party closure signs are not acceptable for Special Activity closures.
Heavy items that cannot be moved must not be erected in the street area during the activity and a street cannot be closed that is on a bus route.
Fill out the application to apply for a Special Activity Street Use Permit. (This application includes both the Street Use General Application, which all applicants must fill out, and the Annual Permit Application, which is specific to your project.) When completing the form - under ‘Work Description’ check the box for ‘Street Barricading, Special Activities (3A)’ and include the following information:
Your application must be received at least 21 days before your event.
FEESThe fee for a Special Activity permit is $146.00 plus a $86.00 inspection fee for a total of $232.00 per event. DO NOT send in payment with your application. Fees are collected at the time the permit is issued and can be made with a credit card or a check payable to the City of Seattle.
To submit your application:
The Street Use Permit Counter is located on the 23rd Floor of Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue. The counter's operating hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Thursday opens at 10:30 am effective February 2010. If you have questions, AnnualPermits@Seattle.gov or call: (206) 684-5267
FARMERS MARKET PERMITS
The Office of Economic Development (OED) administers the Farmers Market program for the City. An organization must meet the definition of a Farmers Market in order to qualify for this type of Street Use permit.
If your organization qualifies, OED will convene all necessary City departments in order to streamline the permitting process for the applicant. Similar to other Special Activity permits, Farmers Markets may only occur on non-arterial streets and is discouraged on Metro bus routes.
For information about Farmers Markets, contact Chris Swenson with the Office of Economic Development at 206-733-9245 or email@example.com for more assistance.