Safe Start Permits

Get the scoop on all the permit options for outdoor spaces!

To help business owners identify opportunities to expand their operations safely, we've assembled a guide to relevant permit offerings!

What's New

What's New (July 2022)

With the temporary Safe Start permit program expected to sunset in 2023, we recently presented our proposed plans to update our existing permit types to ease the transition for permittees and to reflect the lessons we've learned over the last two years. 

We've posted information about our proposals on the following pages:

We are sharing this draft plan to get feedback from you. We also want to raise awareness about our plans as we work towards the final version of this proposal. We plan to submit our final proposal to City Council later this summer. If you have any feedback, questions, or want to learn more, please email us at You can also visit our website anytime, or view our July 19 presentation slides to the Seattle City Council.


We are now offering streamlined, free temporary permits for outdoor cafes, retail merchandise displays, food trucks, vending carts, and fitness activities that are valid through January 31, 2023! We are also offering temporary street closures to support restaurants, retail, and fitness operations. 

About Using the Curb Space

Businesses applying to use a curb space (whether paid or unpaid) will also need to apply for a Temporary No Parking Permit and rent or purchase a No Parking barricade (T-39 sign) from a barricade company. A printable No Park sign with dates will be made available to you once you apply for the Temporary No Parking Permit. Simply print it out and place it on your barricade. We recommend placing the No Parking barricades 72 hours before you plan to set up, but they must be up at least 24 hours ahead to be enforceable. It is the business' responsibility to call a tow company if a car is parked in your No Park zone.

Don't Block the Way - Location Guidelines Matter!

With more sidewalk cafés and merchandise displays popping up around town in response to the COVID-19 crisis, we recently partnered with the Disability Mobility initiative at Disability Rights Washington to show why our guidelines for sidewalk café placement matter.

Before You Begin

Please note that our Safe Start permits are temporary permits that will expire on January 31, 2023. If you are interested in our standard permits, please visit the permit pages linked below for additional information: