We issue permits for projects & activities that impact Seattle’s streets & sidewalks.
Our Street Use Division is responsible for managing the private use of our public right of way. We do this by issuing permits for projects and activities that impact Seattle’s streets and sidewalks. To help keep our shared spaces accessible and in good repair, permits are required for any work in, or occupation of, the public right of way.
A public space permit is a type of permit that enables individuals, organizations, and businesses to enhance neighborhoods and strengthen communities by enlivening public spaces in ways that encourage social activity, help local businesses thrive, and create safer, more attractive streets.
It’s important to us that you consistently receive excellent customer service.
Since we work with diverse permit applicants on many different projects, it’s important to us that you consistently receive excellent customer service whether you want to garden in the planting strip or need a street improvement permit.
Help us achieve this level of service by taking our survey.
To help us achieve this, we need your help! If you’ve applied for a permit from the Street Use Division within the last 12 months, we’ve created a short survey to learn about your experience with the Street Use permitting process so we can better serve you.
Take the survey. (Use the button in the top right of the survey to select your language of choice.) or fill out a paper copy at the Street Use permit counter.
Our goal with this survey is to understand how our customer guides and resources, policies, staff knowledge, and inspections have shaped your experience with the Street Use permitting process. The survey will take 5 minutes or less to complete and your answers are completely anonymous.