Shuttle Bus Zone Permits

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.

A shuttle bus is a vehicle that carries 11 or more passengers on a fixed, predetermined route, separate from charter or sightseeing buses. As an example, an employer may have a large number of employees at two different job sites within Seattle, and may wish to provide a shuttle service so that employees do not have to use their cars to move from one to the other.

A shuttle bus zone is designated with a specific sign and white paint on the curb. No vehicles other than permitted shuttle buses can park, stop, or load in this zone.

Organizations interested in shuttle bus zone designations and permits may contact the SDOT Permit Counter at 206-684-5086. The permit application requires information regarding the proposed route, frequency, business license, and vehicle registration. The permit is valid for one calendar year. One permit is required for each vehicle intended to be used as a shuttle. The permit decal must be permanently affixed to the windshield of the vehicle. Permits are $300 each per year ($150 if issued after July 1).

How to get a Shuttle Bus Zone Permit

Apply online, or

In person at the traffic permit counter
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue, 37th Floor Seattle, WA 98104-5043
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, except holidays

How much does it cost?

$300.00 (Annual)
$150.00 (after July 1)