Clear Alleys Program
Why was the program created?
The City of Seattle’s Clear Alleys Program (CAP) is aimed at:
- Creating cleaner, safer business districts
- Reducing the incidence of uncivil behaviors and illegal activities in alleys
- Increasing the attractiveness of alleys for pedestrian use
- Allowing better alley access for business services (deliveries) and possible expansion of commercial activity
How was it created?
SPU Director’s Rule SW-406.1 "Temporary Container and Bag Placement and Removal at Curbs and Public Alleys" (pdf) clarifies the City of Seattle’s authority in managing the use of public right-of-ways concerning the storage of all containers used for any purpose. A specific section of the rule describes the Clear Alleys Program and Designated Business Districts where the prepaid bag service for garbage and recycling should be used by those customers who do not have storage space for their own containers. Those service areas apply to parts of Belltown, Downtown, Pioneer Square, the International District, and Columbia. Within those Designated Business District areas there can be no permanent storage of containers in the public right-of-way.
How does CAP work?
In the Columbia City Designated Business District (see map of service area) containers not stored off the right-of-way will be removed June 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Customers without storage space for containers will need to use prepaid bags offered through the City contractor and private recyclers for their garbage and recycling as of July 1, 2014.
Read the CAP Frequently Asked Questions learn more about the program in general.
The following documents apply to the general program launched in 2009 and do NOT include the addition of the International District in 2013 or the proposed addition of Columbia City in 2014. The translated PDFs will be available soon.
Cambodian – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ
Chinese – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ
Korean – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ
Spanish – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ
Tagalong – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ
Thai – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ
Vietnamese – Director’s Rule | Summary of rule | Cover Letter | FAQ