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SDOT Street Use Franchise and Utility Permits

New Paving Restoration Rules Begin – October 1, 2015

Starting October 1, 2015, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will no longer provide paving restoration for new water service installations and retirements. Applicants will now need a Seattle Department of Transportation Street Use Permit (51M) for pavement restoration OR a Street Improvement Plan (SIP) showing restoration of water service related work, or applicable paving permits if you are working in other jurisdictions (new service and retirements of old services). For more information, please visit or contact SPU's Development Services Office at (206) 684-3333 or

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Refer to our frequently asked questions for more information on utility permits.

Street Restoration

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

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

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