Storage Container and Residential Dumpster 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 elizabeth.sheldon@seattle.gov to RSVP.

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

Cashier Station at Street Use Permit Counter

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.)

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.