Sidewalk Tables and Chairs

Permit Counter Temporary Closures

To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, we closed our public-facing customer service counters on Monday, March 16, 2020. Our counters remain closed until further notice. This includes both the Street Use and the Traffic and Parking permit counters at the Seattle Municipal Tower on floors 23 and 37. We are still processing permit applications.

You can submit applications for all permit types online through the Seattle Services Portal.

Our staff will be available to provide application coaching and assist with issuing permits by phone or e-mail. Learn more about how on-street parking is being managed at this time.

How do I get a permit for tables and chairs on a sidewalk?

This permit allows businesses to set out tables and chairs on the sidewalk outside the business. These are open for use by both customers and the public. Table service may not be provided, and alcohol cannot be consumed. Tables and chairs must be removed daily and fixed improvements (e.g. a railing) may not be installed.

You can apply for this permit on the Seattle Services Portal. Use the button on the right to sign in!

Under "Create New" select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Long Term Use" and "Private Structures/Uses" record type. Follow this guide for more detailed instructions.

Required documents:

  • Site plan (template available here), including a detail of the proposed tables and chairs
  • Photo or conceptual image
  • Certificate of insurance (refer to CAM 2102)
  • Historic/Landmark District Certificate of Approval (if in an historic district)