Car Share Permits

Permit Counter Temporary Closures

To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, we closed our public-facing customer service counters on Monday, March 16. We expect to reopen our counters Monday morning, May 4, but will continue to evaluate this timeline as the outbreak evolves. This includes both the Street Use and the Traffic and Parking permit counters at the Seattle Municipal Tower on floors 23 and 37.

For construction use in the right-of-way and street improvement permits, please e-mail your completed application to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.

For major utility permits, please e-mail your completed application to SDOTUtilPermits@Seattle.gov and be sure to use the subject line: Permit#_ProjAddress – UMP New Application / Modification Application

For all other permits, please apply online through the Seattle Services Portal.

Our staff will be available to provide application coaching and assist with issuing permits by phone.

Street Use Permit Counter: 206-684-5253

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Traffic and Parking Permit Counter: 206-684-5086

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Car Sharing is a practice where people become members in an organization that owns a variety of cars, which members can then use under the terms of their membership. Car share permits are only available to approved companies.

In Seattle, there are two types of Car Share Programs:

  1. Free Floating Car Share

    Allows permitted vehicles to park at any legal paid parking space in the City without paying at a pay station, to park without regard to time limits in on-street time-limited spaces, and to park in any restricted parking zone (RPZ) without regard to time limits in the zone which members use through a reservation system.

    How to get a Free Floating Car Share Permit

    Apply for a Permit, or

    In person at the traffic permit counter
    Seattle Municipal Tower
    700 5th Avenue, 37th Floor Seattle, WA 98104-5043
    Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, except holidays

    How much does it cost?

    $1230 (annual)

  2. Designated Space Car Share

    Allows vehicles to park in designated on street or private parking areas which members use through a reservation system

    How to get a Designated Space Car Share Permit

    Apply for a Permit, or

    In person at the traffic permit counter
    Seattle Municipal Tower
    700 5th Avenue, 37th Floor Seattle, WA 98104-5043
    Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, except holidays

    How much does it cost?

    $300 (unpaid parking space, annual)
    $3000 (paid parking space, annual)