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.
The City Council’s Public Assets and Native Communities (PANC) Committee has scheduled a public hearing, committee discussion, and possible vote on Friday, June 4 at 2 p.m. The proposed code update would add new sign regulations to the Land Use Code for the majority of the Seattle Center campus.
SDCI staff worked with Seattle Center staff to create proposed new sign rules that would allow Seattle Center to manage most sign approvals within its campus. This would complete the sign rules for the Center’s sign overlay district, which was created in July 2019 to address signage at Climate Pledge Arena.
The world of signs is surprisingly complex. Basically, there are two types of signs – on-premises and off-premises – and they have different functions. Seattle DCI regulates signs per the land use and building codes, and the electrical and energy codes if the signs are illuminated.
DPD is proposing to amend the Land Use Code (Title 23) to allow building identification wall signs above sixty-five feet in certain downtown zones.