Play Streets Permits

Please Note:

Changes to the Street Use permitting fee schedule will be going into effect on April 1, 2018. With approval from City Council as part of the 2018 budget, we are implementing changes to our permitting fee schedule to more accurately reflect the true costs of project permitting.

For construction permits,
the permit issuance and renewal fee changes will be as follows:

  • ROWM Simple: $146 to $150
  • ROWM Complex: $305 to $313
  • Street Improvement Permits/Utility Major Permits: $146 to $4700
  • Permit modification and extension: $155 to $159

For short-term public space permits, the permit issuance fee is increasing from $146 to $175.

For long-term public space permits, the issuance fee is increasing from $146 to $224, while the annual renewal fee is increasing from $140 to $170.

Costs will be decreasing for permits for public amenities, such as street furniture and artwork. While the issuance fee for public amenities is increasing from $146 to $224 for the first year of issuance, permit holders will be allowed to renew their permits for free every year thereafter, as long as renewal is approved.

Lastly, the general rate for permit review and site inspections is increasing from $209/hour to $260/hour.

We will be hosting at least two workshops to provide further guidance and additional information through this process. Workshops will be held:

  • March 5, 10 AM - 11 AM, Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave), Floor 38, Room 3832
  • March 15, 10 AM - 11 AM, Bank of America Building (800 5th Ave), Floor 30, Room 3004

Please contact Liz Sheldon at to RSVP.

If you have questions concerning these changes, please contact or call (206) 684-5253. For questions related to Public Space permits, please contact or call (206) 684-5267.

Cashier Station at Street Use Permit Counter

Take a look at our new Street Use cashiering station! The new station is set to open at the beginning of April 2018. Questions? Email

In Addition:

Due to a high volume of permit applications and significant staff transitions, we are currently experiencing longer permit counter wait times and permit application review timelines. Please plan your trip to the permit counter and project timelines accordingly.

Permit Counter Wait Times (may vary with number of visitors)
           Construction use: 40-60 minutes
           Minor utility: 20-40 minutes

Permit Review Timelines (may vary with permit complexity)
           Arterial streets / construction hubs: 8-10 weeks
           Non-arterial streets:  6-8 weeks
           Modification requests: 4-6 weeks

(Note: Individual status inquiries may not be responded to if the permit review time has not exceeded the timelines listed above.)

Play streets open neighborhood streets to kids (and adults) for more space for play and physical activity. You may host a play street up to three times per week, and play street duration is limited to 6 hours per day. Additionally, all play streets must be completed by 10 PM or dusk, whichever is earlier.

Recurring play street permits are now valid from the beginning of October to end of March (winter season), and the beginning of April to the end of September (summer season). You can apply any time of the year, but permits will be issued for either the winter or summer season, and applicants will need to reapply in advance of the next season if they wish to continue their play street.

Apply for a Play Street Permit

There are a few things to keep in mind before applying for a play street permit:

  • You must submit your application at least 30 days before your first event
  • The play street should be no more than one block long
  • The street should be a non-arterial (Find your street type here.)
  • The street can’t have an active bus route
  • The play street must have neighborhood support. This means that before you apply, you’ll have to notify your neighbors that you’d like to plan a play street. To make this step easier we’ve posted a sample notification flyer that you can use, or feel free to make your own!
  • Safety for people in the street is very important to us, so we have some rules about how to barricade your street while people are playing. View our play street event set-up requirements.

Ready to apply? Download an application. You will receive notification and instructions for your permit via email once it has been approved. Please allow 30 days to obtain the permit.

Please include the following items in your application package:

  1. Application Form: Please include where you live and when you’d like to have your play street, along with what activities you’re planning for your play street.
  2. Site Map: Indicate which block you want to temporarily close and where you will be placing barricades. You can get an aerial of your street from many online mapping websites or request that one be provided to you by SDOT.
  3. Outreach method: You must contact your neighbors about your play street, whether by posting fliers, emailing neighbors, creating posts on neighborhood message boards, or having personal conversations. Please include a copy of your method in your application package.
  4. Signature sheet (optional): If you plan on hosting your play street more than once a month, we recommend that you submit a roster of support from the neighbors on your block in addition to the copy of your outreach method. While there’s no requirement to how many signatures you need on the roster, the more the better.

Submit your application package by emailing your application package to For more information on our permit counter, please click here.

When you receive your play street permit, you will have the option to borrow two sets of signs (play street signs and street closed signs) that need to be placed at the ends of your play street. These can be picked up at the SDOT Street Use counter on the 23rd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 5th Ave, or at your local City of Seattle Customer Service Center. You must also provide barricades at both ends of your play street, spaced 5 feet apart and at least 3 feet tall. Be sure to place an adult to monitor the barricades. You may either use personal trash bins or furniture as your barricades, or you may rent them from local providers.

Additional Information

Our Play Street Handbook contains information on the program’s background, application process, ideas for play street activities, as well as other helpful things to keep in mind when planning your play street. We recommend you review this handbook before applying for a play street permit.

Still have questions after viewing the handbook? Check out our play streets FAQ.