Private Utility Infrastructure in the Right-of-Way

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. Our counters remain closed until further notice. This includes both the Street Use and the Traffic and Parking permit counters at the Seattle Municipal Tower on floors 23 and 37. We are still processing permit applications. Please read the instructions below on how to apply for a permit.

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 private utility infrastructure in the right-of-way?

This permit allows permittees to site private utility infrastructure in the right-of-way. Note that all private utility infrastructure located fully or partially in the right-of-way require a public space permit.

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. Follow this guide for more detailed instructions.
Required documents:

For private utility infrastructure where construction activity is proposed:
Your Long-Term permit from Public Space Management allows your proposed structure to exist in the right-of-way. When construction activity is proposed, a Construction Use (CU) permit may be required.

A CU permit covers the temporary ROW impacts of activities related to the installation/construction of your ecncroachment(s). While this is a separate permit, we do not require a separate application and will review and issue both permits together.

If a CU permit is required, we will likely identify and notify you of additonal review documents that need to be submitted. 

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.