Storage Container and Residential Dumpster Permits

Please Note:

In May 2018, we launched a new online portal to pay permit use fees and issuance fees. Since that time, we've received lots of great feedback, which we have been working to implement. Beginning July 9, you will be able to search for permits not only by permit number, but by customer/company ID, customer/company name, and permit address. You will also be able to see the review and inspection status of permits. Check out our one-page informational document with more information about these new search features.

Click here to visit our new online payment portal. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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: 5 business days
  • ROW Management permit timeline without TCP: 4 weeks
  • ROW Management permit timeline with TCP: 13 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, or submitted in person at the Street Use permit counter.