Mayor Nickels Announces New Rules for Gardening in Planting Strips

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2009

Contact: Alex Fryer, (206) 684-8358 or (206) 941-5931 (cell), [email protected]


Mayor Nickels Announces New Rules for Gardening in Planting Strips

New procedures to encourage more gardening citywide


SEATTLE – Mayor Greg Nickels today announced improvements to make gardening in planting strips easier for Seattle’s residents. The new planting strip policy, issued by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), eliminates any permit requirements for gardens and ends fees previously required for hardscape improvements, such as planter boxes or pavers.


This change makes it easier to plant flowers and vegetables in the strip between the sidewalk and the street. For many gardeners, that’s prime space, said Nickels. Its one of the things that makes Seattle special, and, with planting season upon us, its time to get those green thumbs going.


Under the new rules announced today, residents no longer need to obtain a $225 permit for hardscape improvements, such as raised gardens or stepping stones. Instead, they can obtain a free online permit for these improvements and to plant a tree at:


SDOT has updated its Web site with information explaining the rules:


To ensure public safety and protect city infrastructure, they also provide guidelines for making planting strip improvements.

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