Permit Service Counters and Client Assistance Memos

Please Note:

The City of Seattle is still in a period of experiencing a high volume of construction applications for both private and public projects. Right now, Traffic Control Plan (TCP) reviews have extended beyond typical timelines, which is directly impacting timelines for ROW Management permits. This is a temporary impact as we work internally to align resources and streamline processes. For now, the below timelines can be expected. These timelines may vary based on the complexity of the project.

ROW Management initial or modification/extension applications w/no TCP: 4 weeks

ROW Management initial or modification/extension w/TCP: 10 weeks

In Addition:

We are adding a new dedicated cashiering station at our Street Use permit counter! The new station is scheduled to open by June 2018. Check out our one-page fact sheet here!

Questions? Email

Cashier Station at Street Use Permit Counter

We are here to meet your permitting needs through two permit service counters, both located in the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 5th Ave in downtown Seattle. Please see below for information on the services offered at each counter, as well as directions and hours of operation. Then, visit the appropriate counter to submit your application or speak with a permit specialist about any questions or concerns you may have regarding the application process. Depending on the nature and complexity of your project, permit coaching services may also be available.

Permit Counters

Street Use Permit Counter

What's New:

We are adding a dedicated cashiering station at our Street Use permit counter! The cashiering station is scheduled to open by June 2018. Check out our one-page fact sheet here!

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 
    8 AM to 5 PM
  • Tuesday and Thursday 
    10:30 AM to 5 PM 

We do not accept payments after 4:30 PM. Applicants arriving after 4:30 PM may not receive a permit that day. 


700 5th Avenue, Floor 23  
Seattle Municipal Tower 
Seattle, WA 98124

Directions to the Seattle Municipal Tower may be found here

Types of Permits: 


You may contact the Street Use permit service counter by calling 206-684-5253 or by emailing

Traffic Permits Counter

The Traffic and Parking permit counter issues the following types of permits:

  • Truck Permits (annual and short- term)
  • Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) 
  • Carpool 

You can apply for truck and carpool permits online here. If you are unable to apply online and must apply in person at our traffic permits service counter located at: 

700 5th Avenue  
Seattle Municipal Tower 
37th Floor
Directions to the Seattle Municipal Tower 

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 

You may also contact the traffic permits counter by calling 206-684-5086 or by emailing for RPZ related questions and for any truck-permit related question.

Client Assistance Memos

Client assistance memos (CAMs) are designed to provide accessible, easy-to-understand information on the processes and requirements associated with permitting and completing projects with the Seattle Department of Transportation. View all Client Assistance Memos in our SDOT Document Library.