SDOT Street Use Franchise and Utility Permits
About the Franchise and Utility Permit Section
Utility Permit Publications
Refer to our frequently asked questions for more information on utility permits.
NEW Information effective September 1, 2015
SPU has elected to hire a contractor, rather than continue to use SDOT Street Maintenance crews, to complete the restoration work for new water taps. This will allow SPU to continue to provide some level of predictability for restoration costs prior to the start of work.
More than 4,000 openings are made in Seattle's streets every year, for example to connect or repair water, sewer, gas or other underground utilities. An approvedStreet Use permit is required prior to working in the right-of-way. The permit requires that the right of way be restored in accordance with City of Seattle Standard Plans and Specifications, and in accordance with the Pavement Opening and Restoration Rule (PORR). The permit-holder is responsible for the performance of the pavement restoration for the life of the pavement.
If you are getting a new utility service connection, you may need to arrange for pavement restoration. See Client Assistance Memo 2601 to learn more. There are approved paving restoration vendors in the area registered with the Seattle Department of Transportation. See the current list below. This list does not represent City of Seattle endorsement, rather it is meant to assist those new to the process. In addition, you may also use a contractor from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development Registered Side Sewer Contractor list.
- Kohary Builders LLC
- Seattle Street and Sidewalk
- AA Asphalt
If you are a contractor interested in registering as a pavement registration contractor, see Client Assistance Memo 2602 to learn more.
Street Use Utility Permits
Street Use issues permits to individuals, corporations or associations to construct, maintain and operate railroad or streetcar tracks; pipes; ducts; utility tunnels; vaults; maintenance holes; poles; fixtures; wires; or any other appurtenants on, under or over streets, alleys or public places in Seattle. These installations include in part: gas mains and services; electrical manholes and conduits; telecommunication manholes and conduits; steam mains and services; water mains and services; utility poles; underground fuel storage tanks; and aerial CATV and telecommunications cables.
The applicant must submit an application and plan detailing the proposed utility to Street Use. The application and plan will be reviewed and any corrections noted before a permit will be issued.
Utility Permit Publications
Utility Permit Application (includes Street Use General Application)
Utility Major Intake Transmittal Form
Utility and Pavement Restoration Plan Checklist
Impact of Utility Cuts on Performance of Seattle Streets (PDF format): Final Report (including Appendix A, Literature Review) | Appendix C, Utility Cut Surveys | Appendix D, Deflection Test Data, Part One | Appendix D, Deflection Test Data, Part Two | Appendix D, Deflection Test Data, Part Three
Standards for Plans for Street Use Utility Permits
Standards for Above Ground Cabinets – Director Rule SDOT 2-2009