Storage Container and Residential Dumpster Permits

Please Note:

We are replacing our current online portal for paying Street Use permit fees with a new Pay Permit Fees application. Click here to access the new online Pay Permit Fees application.

All permit applicants may use this new portal to pay permit use fees and issuance fees. PLEASE NOTE: Invoiced charges are not in the portal; please mail in all invoice payments to the address on the invoice. 

If you have any questions regarding this change, please email SDOTPermits@seattle.gov

In Addition:

The City of Seattle is still 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 Right-of-Way (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 permit intake and screening timeline: 5 business days
  • ROW Management permit timeline without TCP: 4 weeks
  • ROW Management permit timeline with TCP: 11 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 signTemporary 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. However, if you are in a restricted parking zone or an unregulated parking area, you do not need to reserve a Temporary No Parking Zone.

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.