Priority Pickup Zones

We are no longer deploying temporary easel signs for food priority pickup zones. SDOT has installed new permanent 5 minute Load/Unload zones at over 120 locations where there was insufficent existing loading options along a block. Additionally, we have extended the hours of over 110 existing load zones to better accomodate typical hours of restaurants from 6pm to 10pm. 

We are working to ensure businesses across the city have load zones to make pickup and drop-off of food and retail goods easier. If you think your business or block needs additional loading you may contact us at 206-684-ROAD or Please provide your business name, address and contact information.

A black and yellow sign reading 5 minute load and unload over a red and white sign of a car being towed. Bottom sign is blue with white text reading food pick up priority with a white icon of a knife, fork, and spoon.


In March 2020, we launched a temporary Food PickUp Priority Zone Program to provide curbside access to customers and food delivery vehicles. Through this initiative, food and retail businesses have requested load zones near their businesses to support customer access and addresses the overall growth of food delivery and other curbside pickup demand. We installed three-minute temporary Food Priority Pickup Zones at over 630 locations.


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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