Parklet 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, June 1, 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.

For Check Payments

Make the check out to City of Seattle, SDOT

In a memo on the check include:  St Use, permit #, project address

Mailing Address:

SDOT, Street Use
PO Box 34996 Suite 2300
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

How do I get a permit for a parklet?

This permit allows permittees to convert a few on-street parking spots into a parklet to create an open space for the public to enjoy.

You can apply for this permit on the Seattle Services Portal. Use the button on the right to sign in!

Under "Create New" select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Long Term Use" and "Private Structures/Uses" record type.

When describing your project on the Seattle Services Portal, please include:

  • the exact location of the proposed parklet,
  • the addresses of adjacent businesses,
  • and the number of parking spots needed.

Required documents:

  • Site plan (template available here), including elevation and structure details
  • Photo, design, or conceptual image
  • Letter of authorization (if applicant is different from the owner or financially responsible party)

We may require the following documents prior to issuing the permit:

  • Certificate of insurance (refer to CAM 2102)
  • Bond
  • Historic/Landmark District Certificate of Approval (if in an historic district)

If approved, an indemnity agreement will be drafted, and you will need to record against the title of the property at King County Records prior to your permit issuance. Additional documents may be required based on the review of your application.