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Getting a Permit

Street Use Right-of-Way Management Counter Wait Times and Permit Timelines Update

Due to a high volume of permit applications and significant staff transitions, we are experiencing longer permit counter wait times and review timelines. Please plan your trip to the permit counter and project timelines accordingly.

Permit Counter Wait Times (may vary depending on the number of counter 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.)

We appreciate your patience as we hire and train additional reviewers over the next couple of months.

Permitting Process Improvements Implemented September 5

Our SDOT Street Use team is implementing many permitting process improvements and enhanced applicant guidance information September 5, 2017. The following collection of changes and improvements work to make the permitting process clear and easy to understand:

  • Updated Client Assistance Memos for:
    • Utility Major Permitting (CAM 2600)
    • ROW Management Permitting (CAM 2109)
    • ROW Management Site Plan Requirements (CAM 2116)
  • Process change updates that reduce touch points along the permit path
  • Clearer guidance on when utility work triggers a Major review
  • Clarification on the process for pole work in the curb radius
  • Updated utility permit applications
  • New permit modification application
  • Clarity on when you're required to have a ROW Management Design Guidance meeting (formerly called Preliminary ROW Assessment Meetings or PRAMs)
  • Invoiced review/inspection fees - no more deposits/prepayment

To learn more about these customer service enhancements, open this PDF file of a presentation reviewing the new approach.

NOTE: Another recent change that improves efficiency REQUIRES ACTION - All Utility Permit inquiries and materials go to:

Street Use offers more than 60 types of permits for use, occupation and/or construction in the public right of way. They fall under four main categories:

  1. Construction Use & Simple Utility Permits
  2. Public Space Permits
  3. Major Improvements Permits
  4. Urban Forestry Permits

Projects with significant impacts to the public right of way may require a Construction Management Plan (CMP). See below for helpful tools.

NOTE: For information on permitting for pavement restoration contractors click here or see Client Assistance Memo 2602.


There are three ways to apply for a Permit:

  1. Email PDF
  2. Permit Services Counter
  3. Online Webform (high-volume utility permit applicants only; password protected)


Fillable PDFs guiding applicants to provide the required information are available below and on the Applications, Forms & Templates page.

Save your completed PDF file and attach it to an email, along with any additional required documentation (site plans, traffic control plans, etc.) and send to:

Permit Application Types:

Annual Vehicle Permit Application Moving Container And Residential Dumpster
Construction Use Permit Application
Construction Use Permit Modification Application
Utility Permit Application Utility Permit Modification Application
Urban Forestry Permit Application Annual Permit Application
Vending Permit Application Term Permit Application

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OPTION 2: Visit Permit Services Counter

You may apply for a permit in person at the Street Use Permit Services Counter. We are located at:

700 5th Avenue
Seattle Municipal Tower

23rd Floor

Hours of Operation are: 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

8 AM to 5PM

Tuesday and Thursday

10:30 AM to 5 PM


We do not accept payments after 4:30 PM

Applicants arriving after 4:30 PM may not receive a permit that day.

OPTION 3: Online Webform

High-volume utility permit applicants who have been granted a user name and password may use the Online Webform.

  • Go to the Online Webform
  • Select the "Using Your ArcGIS Account" option and log in
  • Fill out the form; click the "i" icon for in-depth instructions, or download them here
  • The form automatically submits once you've entered all required information
  • You will receive your permit number via an email from SDOT
  • Email associated site plans, traffic control plans, and other documents to; reference your permit number on all attached documents/plans and in the subject line of your email

(Note: Utility Major Permit applicants should apply at the Street Use Permit Counter.)    

Tools and Guides Available:

Questions? Contact us at or 206.684.5253, or visit us on the 23rd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 5th Avenue.


The options above are the same for renewing or extending a permit. To renew or extend a permit you need to provide the following:

  • Permit number
  • Duration
  • Square footage
  • Indicate if the space has been vacated for 10 or more days (must be verified by SDOT Street Use inspector)
  • Current Site Plan
  • Current Traffic Control Plan (if conditions have changed)
  • Start date

Please note: The renewal or extension is not valid and work is not to begin until the permit is paid for and SDOT has notified you of its approval.


Permits fall into four main categories, and have applications specific to those types:

Category Type
Construction Use and Simple Utility

  • Impacting Streets/Sidewalks for Construction Purposes
  • Driveways
  • Sidewalk Repairs
  • Simple Utilities
Major Improvements
Public Space Management
Urban Forestry Permits
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Removal or Replacement


Contact Street Use at:

206-684-5253 | 

Thank you!

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