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Applying for a Street Use Permit? Here’s How:

Are you planning on applying for a Street Use Permit? 

There are three ways to apply for a Permit:

  1. Email PDF
  2. Permit Services Counter
  3. PIN Access Online



Street Use Permit Services is making the application process easier with fillable PDFs that clearly guide applicants to provide the required information. The PDF files also include the required Street Use General Application as well as the project-specific application forms in one convenient place.

Users fill out the forms, save the completed PDF and attach it to an email along with any additional required documentation (site plans, traffic control plans, etc.) and send to

The available PDF forms are listed below and also posted on the Client Assistance Memos & Forms page. Each PDF begins with the required Street Use General Application Form.

Construction Use Permit Application Utility Permit Application
Urban Forestry Permit Application Annual Permit Application
Vending Permit Application Term Permit Application
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OPTION 2: Permit Services Counter

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

700 5th Avenue – 23rd Floor
Seattle Municipal Tower

Hours of Operation are:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


We do not accept payments after 4:45 p.m.

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


OPTION 3: PIN Access to Apply Online

The PIN method is for customers with a history of submitting 15 to 20 correctly completed permit applications yearly. Once approved for and issued a PIN, these high volume permit applicants can use the PIN to apply for permits online. Reserving this method for high volume users is expected to significantly improve permit processing speeds for all permit applicants, reducing processing time spent on incomplete submittals. Click the link below for more on this method for high volume permit applicants.

PIN Access


There are two ways to apply for a renewal or extension:

  1. Email Permit Services
  2. Permit Services Counter

*Please note: The renewal/extension is not valid, and work is not to begin, until you have been notified by SDOT that you have a valid permit and it has been paid for.

For both options, 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


OPTION 1: Email Permit Services

To request a permit renewal or extension via email, enter the permit number in the subject line and the details in the body of the email. Send the email to the Permit Services team at:

You will be contacted by email when your renewal/extension information has been received and fees are ready to be paid

OPTION 2: Permit Services Counter

To request a permit renewal or extension in person, bring the required information to the Permit Services Counter.


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


Questions? Contact Permit Services at:

206-684-5253 |