Effective October 13, 2023, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is no longer requiring long-term, renewing permits for signs that project from private property over public right-of-way. This includes blade signs, wall signs, under-canopy signs, awning graphics, etc. Please see SDOT Director’s Rule 05-2023: Signs Projecting over Public Right-of-Way for details on this change in requirements. Review the SDOT Public Space Management webpage, Signs, Awnings, and Graphics over the Right-of-Way, to better understand which permits are no longer required.
Please note that SDCI still requires a one-time permit for signs attached to private property. SDOT will still require construction permits for the installation work in public right-of-way when applicable.
This change will decrease requirements for applicants and eliminate unnecessary duplication of permit review and administration. The change affects only the SDOT long-term projecting sign permits – those permits which are typically issued to property or business owners but are often applied for by sign contractors.
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