Due to rising labor costs, the Seattle Department of Transportation Street inspection and permit review rates are changing in 2017. A 2016 annual fee analysis found that adequate compensation for increasing labor costs would require an increase from $196 to $209 per service hour.
This increase also comes with some fee drops. For example, occupancy fees for installing or removing public art will go down from $146 to $138 per hour, while private temporary use of the right of way will decrease from $305 to $146 per hour.
The adjustments take effect on January 1, 2017; however, to prepare tracking systems for the change, the new $209 permit review deposit collected with applications began late December.
For more information, see the Street Use 2017 Fee Schedule Adjustments flyer.
For more details on these changes, please contact:
Street Use Operations Manager
Seattle Department of Transportation
The Street Use team works to review, issue and inspect up to 35,000 permitted right-of-way uses per year.