Street and Sidewalk Activities

What is allowed under this permit?

With a street and sidewalk activity permit, your communities or organizations can enliven streets, alleys, or plazas with a variety of activities. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Farmers markets (see below)
  • Street murals and intersection painting (see below)
  • Sidewalk sales outside a business
  • Temporary food or flower vending from a truck
  • Weddings or parties
  • Community or neighborhood events
  • Art walks

You can neither sell alcohol nor cannabis with this permit.

Please note: this permit is intended for medium-scale events. Events with more than 500 people at one time or more than 99 people in an enclosed space, e.g. a fenced-off kids' play area, require a Special Event Permit.

Ready to apply?

You can apply for a permit through the Seattle Services Portal. Use the button on the right to get started! 

Under Create New select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Short Term Use" and "Street/Sidewalk Activities" record type. 

When applying for this permit, you will need:

  • Site plan (click the thumbnail to download a blank template)
  • Certificate of Insurance (see CAM 2102)

Click to download a blank template!

Depending upon your proposal, you may need to submit additional information such as neighbor notification, a street closure plan, or traffic control plan. 

Farmers Markets

The Office of Economic Development (OED) administers the farmers market program for the City. An organization must meet the definition of a farmers market in order to qualify for this type of Street Use permit.

If your organization qualifies, OED will contact all necessary City departments in order to streamline the permitting process for the applicant. Farmers markets may only occur on non-arterial streets and are discouraged on Metro bus routes. 

How to apply

Organizers are required to apply for a permit through the Seattle Services Portal to authorize the temporary closure and use of streets and sidewalks. Use the button on the right to get started. 

Under Create New select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Short Term Use" and "Temporary Activation" record type. 

Required documents

  • Site plan (click the thumbnail to download a blank template)
  • Proof of neighbor notification
  • Certificate of insurance and endorsements (CAM 2102)
  • Access affidavit (at the request of the permit reviewer)

Blank Site Plan template 11x17

Street Murals and Intersection Painting

To apply for a permit to paint an intersection in your neighborhood, you should first talk to all your neighbors within one block of the intersection. 

Street murals are completely community-driven, community-designed projects. Funding for these projects is available through the Seattle Department of Neighborhood's Neighborhood Matching Fund Program.

Ready to apply?

You can apply for a permit on using the Seattle Services Portal. Use the button on the right to get started! 

Under Create New select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Short Term Use" and "Temporary Activation" record type.

You will need: 

  • Proof of neighborhood support
  • a full-color image of proposed design with dimensions
  • a completed site plan/traffic control plan

Site Plan/Traffic Control Plan - Intersection - Blank