Storage Container and Residential Dumpster Permits

Please Note:

Based on information provided by WSDOT, on January 11, 2019, State Route 99 through downtown Seattle will be closing for approximately three weeks to realign SR 99 into the new tunnel. During the closure, both the viaduct and the tunnel will be closed. Drivers should expect up to six weeks of region-wide congestion. 

To minimize transportation impacts, construction and curbspace vending will be restricted on critical streets from January 4 - February 15, 2019. Please see the Restrictions During Viaduct Closure map showing streets where right-of-way closures will not be permitted.

If work has been scheduled during the restriction period, we will contact you prior to the closure of the viaduct. Your permit may be revoked with at least 30 calendar days' notice, per SMC 15.04.070. Any revoked permits will be re-issued after the closure with no additional costs.

Please see our informational one-page document for more information. 

In Addition:

The City of Seattle is still experiencing a high volume of construction applications for both private and public projects. Traffic Control Plan (TCP) reviews have extended beyond typical timelines, which is directly impacting timelines for Right-of-Way (ROW) Management permits. This is a temporary impact, improving as more resources become available and processes are streamlined.

Right now, the below timelines can be expected. These timelines may vary based on the complexity of the project.

  • ROW Management permit intake and screening timeline: 4 business days
  • ROW Management permit timeline without TCP: 4 weeks
  • ROW Management permit timeline with TCP: 11 weeks
  • Traffic Control Plan (TCP) reviews: 8 weeks

What permit(s) do I need to stage storage containers or portable dumpsters in the right of way?

When residential dumpsters or storage containers are placed in the public right of way, a permit is required before delivery and placement.  Be sure to discuss this with any third party involved in arranging for a dumpster or container. You will need a completed permit application as well as a site plan to apply for your permit. Your container must be in a legal parking space, either paid or unpaid, in front of your property. Be sure to consult with your container company to confirm the space needed for delivery.

Please note that Street Use permits are not needed for moving trucks. However, if your moving truck will be in a restricted parking area, you may need to establish a Temporary No Parking Zone and/or obtain a hooded-meter truck permit through the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Traffic Permits Counter. If you have a trailer and hitch parked in the ROW, it must be attached to a vehicle.

For more information on parking permits, please visit our Parking Permits page.

Learn more about Temporary No Parking Zones for storage containers

Temporary No Parking Zones restrict regular parking and provide curb space for your container or dumpster. Temporary No Parking Zones are necessary if you will be officially reserving a parking space for your container in an on-street paid parking area (there may be additional Lost Revenue charges for the paid parking area).  

To learn more about Temporary No Parking permits, please visit our Temporary No Parking permits page.

Apply for a storage container or residential dumpster permit

The following documents are required to obtain a storage container or residential dumpster permit:

Your completed permit application package may be emailed to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov, or submitted in person at the Street Use permit counter.