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As of January 16, 2023, our hourly rate and permit fees were updated. For more information about these changes, view How to Estimate and Pay Fees.

Applicant Guides

How to Estimate Permit Timelines

The Targeted for date found on each permit step on the Seattle Services Portal represents the "typical" time it takes to process that step only and does not account for total time of a review cycle. For most Street Use permits, a review cycle includes multiple permit steps.  

Current permit timelines can be found on our Street Use Permitting Timelines and Updates website. Information on our permit steps and how we estimate the Targeted for dates can be found in our Understanding the Street Use Permit Process, Status, Target Dates, and Permit Timelines help article


Applicant Guides are resources for permit applicants that provide detailed information related to permitting requirements and processes. Applicant Guides should not be used as a substitute for the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) or Director's Rules. The applicant is responsible for complying with all SMC and rule requirements, whether or not it is described in an Applicant Guide. Visit our Codes, Rules & Tools page for reference links. You can access the SMC online

Street Use Applicant Guides

AG 1050: Regional Voluntary Bioretention in the Right-of-Way Projects

Learn more about regional bioretention in the right-of-way!

AG 1075: Shoreline Street End

Learn how to apply for a Shoreline Street End

AG 1080: Neighborhood Pole Banners

Learn how to apply for a Neighborhood Pole Banner

AG 1081: Intersection Painting

Learn how to showcase artwork from artists in your neighborhood ROW!

AG 1082: Sign Permits

Learn how to install and maintain signs, awnings, and graphics on buildings

AG 1083: Signal Box Artwork

Learn how to decorate your neighborhood signal boxes with artwork

AG 1084: Street Furniture

Learn how to set up seating and decor in public places

AG 1085: Sidewalk Tables and Chairs

Learn how to set out tables and chairs adjacent to their business or building.

AG 1086: Long-Term Storage Permit

Learn how to set up storage for materials in the ROW

AG 1087: Parklets

Learn how to set up a parklet in in your on-street parking spot(s)

AG 1088: Private Utility Infrastructure

Learn how to set up private utility infrastructure in the right-of-way

AG 1089A: Vending in the Authorized Stadium and Event Center Area

Learn how to vend from a cart, vehicle, or display table and/or tent in an authorized Stadium Event Vending area

AG 1089B: Vending from a Vehicle in a Curbspace

Learn about how you can vend from a vehicle in areas of curbspace.

AG 1089C: Vending on a Public Sidewalk or Plaza

Learn about how to vend from a cart or from a vehicle on a Sidewalk or Plaza

AG 1089D: Vending from a Traveling Cart or Vehicle Along an Approved Route

Learn how to apply for a permit that allows you to sell goods along a route

AG 1090: Private Structures and Uses

Learn how to set up private structures in the right-of-way

AG 1091: Retail Merchandise Displays

Learn how to set up merchandise displays in the right-of-way

AG 1092: Areaways

Learn how to activate the space below street level

AG 1093: Outdoor Dining

Learn how to install and operate dining options in the right-of-way

AG 2000: Street Improvement Permits

This guide provides detailed information about how to get a Street Improvement Permit.

AG 2001: SIP Interdepartmental Permit Coordination Process

This guide provides steps for the SIP interdepartmental coordination permit process

AG 2002: SIP Design Guidance Process

This guide provides detailed information about the SIP Design Guidance Process

AG 2003: Survey and Basemap

Learn how to employ the combined Survey and Basemap Content

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Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623
684-Road@seattle.gov

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