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There are several different types of permits for use of King County property that can be granted by Real Estate Services. If you're not sure what type you need, please contact us at RES.Permits@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-9401.

Types of Permits

A general Special Use Permit (SUP) is a permit for the use of King County property in which the County has an ownership interest. Submit your SUP request in the form of a letter, in addition to a completed application form.

There may be fees required for processing, administration, land use, inspection, and plan review associated with your SUP request. In addition, there may be a requirement to add King County as an additional insured on your insurance policy and/or bonding requirements to reduce King County exposure to liability and damage.

Your SUP application letter should include the following information:

  • Applicant's name, address, and phone number
  • How you propose to use County property
  • Plans showing the location of the proposed use
  • The proposed method of installation and construction
  • Define, if required, the proposed method of operation and maintenance
  • Define all the required permits necessary to perform the work or installation
  • Proposed duration of the use
  • The total cost associated with work or activities of the proposed work

Mail your letter of application and application form to:

Real Estate Services
500 Fourth Ave., Suite 830
Mailstop ADM-ES-0830
Seattle, WA 98104

You may also email your letter and application to RES.Permits@kingcounty.gov or fax it to 206-296-0196. If you have questions about the application process, please call us at 206-477-9401.

Gatherings such as block parties, festivals, parades, and other types of events require an Event Special Use Permit (SUP). Apply for an Event SUP in the form of a letter.

Your request letter must include the following information:

  • Applicant's name, address, and phone number
  • Purpose of the proposed event
  • Date and time of the event
  • One copy of a map showing the location of the proposed use
  • Certificate of insurance naming King County as an additional insured (if applicable)

Submit your request for an Event SUP at least sixty (60) days prior to the event.

Mail your Event SUP request letter to:

Real Estate Services
500 Fourth Ave., Suite 830
Mailstop ADM-ES-0830
Seattle, WA 98104

You may also email your request to RES.Permits@kingcounty.gov or fax it to 206-296-0196. If you have questions, please call us at 206-477-9401.

A Utility Use Permit allows public and private utilities to use property owned in whole or in part by King County.

Submit your request for a Utility Use Permit in the form of a letter. There may be fees required for the processing, administration, land use, inspection, and plan review associated with the permit request. In addition, there may be a requirement to add King County as an additional insured on your insurance policy and bonding requirement to reduce King County exposure to liability and damage.

Your request letter must include the following information:

  • Applicant's name, address, and phone number
  • Your proposed purpose
  • Plans depicting the location of the proposed use
  • The proposed method of installation, construction, and maintenance
  • Define all required permits necessary to perform the work or installation
  • Proposed duration of use
  • The total cost associated with the use proposed

Mail your letter of application to:

Real Estate Services
500 Fourth Ave., Suite 830
Mailstop ADM-ES-0830
Seattle, WA 98104

You may also email your request letter to RES.Permits@kingcounty.gov or fax it to 206-296-0196. For questions about applying for a Utility Use Permit, please call us at 206-477-9401.

Fees

Permit Type Fee
Pole Lines (power, telephone, every six poles) $200
Water (installing mains) $200
Sewer (installing mains) $200
Cable or Conduit $200
Gas or Oil (installing mains) $200
Immediate response permit request (additional fee) $120
Maintenance permits (any number of connections) $200
Franchise Application or Renewal $2,500
Special Use Permit (new or renewal)
- one-time or annual land use fee may apply
- also applicable: reimbursement of additional processing costs, surveys, appraisals, etc.
$500
Public or Private Utilities not in ROW, but on County property $500
Easement on County property (if allowed by custodial agency)
- one-time or annual land use fee may apply
- also applicable: reimbursement of additional processing costs, surveys, appraisals, etc.
$3,000
Permit Type Fee
Separate support structure solely for antenna and equipment cabinet
- also applicable: DPER review, DOT/Roads review, plus CPI increases for each additional year
- $5,000 annual land use fee
$500
On existing pole or replacement pole, antenna, and equipment cabinet
- also applicable: DPER review, DOT/Roads review, plus CPI increases for each additional year
- $3,000 annual land use fee
$500
On existing pole or replacement pole, antenna OR equipment cabinet (NOT both)
- also applicable: DPER review, DOT/Roads review, plus CPI increases for each additional year
- $2,000 annual land use fee
$500

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