The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Street Use division requires long-term, annually renewing, Public Space Management (PSM) permits for private encroachments in the public right-of-way. These include retaining walls, balconies, bay windows, stairs, and other privately-owned structures. The PSM permit provides the long-term tracking and record of ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the allowed encroachment. Soldier piles are also considered a private encroachment in the right-of-way and SDOT may review these as part of a Street Use construction permit or SDCI shoring review.
The Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Development Review Program has been providing comprehensive early design guidance over the last year. Our goal is to better integrate private development and the city’s right-of-way priorities. We want to improve service through consistent direction, a single SDOT contact throughout the Master Use Permit (MUP) process, and relevant, up-to-date information on SDOT rules, plans, and policies.