Salt Lake City

Transportation

Transportation Division | 801-535-6630 | transportation@slcgov.com | 349 South 200 East, Suite 150 | Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Transportation Permits

Transportation Permits

Residential Parking Permits

Certain areas within the city, like hospitals and universities,  attract non-residents to seek parking in residential areas. This can place undue hardship on area residents and property owners by contributing to excess noise, air pollution, litter, traffic hazards, congestion, and a shortage of available on-street parking spaces. Preventing all day, non-resident vehicle parking in a qualifying area can help to address these problems.

For more information about this program, and to apply or renew your residential parking permit, visit this page.

Dumpsters and Moving Containers

Do you need a dumpster or moving container curbside? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Traffic Control Permit is required to place a moving container or dumpster on the shoulder of the road and a fee will be charged for the length of the permit.
  • Every moving container or dumpster must have four lighted Type 1 barricades, one for each corner (SLC does not provide).
  • A container or dumpster may also require a Parking Permit if there is restricted parking – i.e. parking meter, 2 hour parking signs, residential parking areas, etc. (additional fees may be required if this is the case).

Apply here for a traffic control or parking meter permit.

Download instructions for applying for a traffic control permit here and applying for a parking meter permit here.

Download a list of barricade contractors here

For any questions, please call 801-535-6630.

Green Vehicle Parking Permits

Vehicles that qualify as SmartWay Elite under the most current year EPA SmartWay Elite criteria are eligible for a special parking permit that allows free parking for up to two hours at Salt Lake City parking meters. If your vehicle qualifies, please bring the following items to the Transportation Division office at 349 South 200 East, Suite 150 during regular business hours:

  1. Registration
  2. Driver’s license
  3. Qualifying Green Vehicle
  4. Proof of Utah residency if your vehicle registration is from a state other than Utah (lease, rental agreement, deed or two utility bills)

Click here for more information on this program.

Traffic Control Permits

A traffic control permit is required any time you are working in the public right of way, encroaching into it (in the park strip or on the property side of the sidewalk), staging vehicles or equipment for longer than 48 hours (SLC Code 12.56.520), or encroaching into any parking, shoulder, travel lane, bike lane, alley, or pedestrian path. Staging anything in the public right of way that does not have rubber tires requires a traffic control permit. A public way permit is also required with a traffic control permit. Traffic control permits provide logistics of who is working where. Public way permits are issued so an inspector can inspect the public way for damage or to ensure proper specifications are followed.

SLC Transportation follows the standards found in Part 6 of the 2009 MUTCD. Typical applications for temporary traffic control are found in this chapter, as well as the SLC Traffic Barricade Manual. A traffic control plan is required for any permits closing travel lanes or sidewalks. Typical applications of traffic control plans are available in Part 6 of the 2009 MUTCD as well. Site specific plans may be required.

Traffic control permits are a living document. If SLC Transportation receives complaints regarding your traffic control set up or maintenance, your permit may be amended or revoked.

In areas with parking meters or restricted parking, a parking meter permit is also required. If a traffic control permit is in an area where meters or restricted parking is applied, a permit for the parking made unavailable to the public is required.

Apply here for a traffic control or parking meter permit. You can download the detailed instruction for the traffic control permit application process here. For any additional questions please call 801-535-6630 or stop by our office at 349 South 200 East, Suite 150.


Contractors looking to bid a job within Salt Lake City are strongly encouraged to call before the bidding process to make sure all fees associated with the bid are known.

SLC Transportation will require an ADA compliant pedestrian path for the entire duration of the project. This may include a canopied pedestrian walkway or alternate pedestrian path. A site-specific plan and schedule of work will be required anytime a pedestrian path or bike lane is proposed to be closed longer than the time required to complete the excavation that would interrupt the sidewalk or bike lane.

Staging of equipment or materials is not an acceptable reason to close a sidewalk or bike lane. SLC Transportation is aware of the Zero Lot Line construction trend. The burden of staging equipment or materials in the public right of way will not be placed on the city. There are instances when a long-term sidewalk closure will be approved, but it is rare. A long-term closure will require a plan review to be approved.

Parking Meter Permits

If you are working in the public right of way and parking will be made unavailable, a parking meter permit is required. In areas with open parking, a traffic control permit will also be required. SLC Transportation will not issue permits that extend beyond the property face or the job area.

Parking permits are not issued over the phone. Parking permits need to be applied for at least 24 hours (on business days) in advance of the requested date. If the permit comes in after 4 PM the day before it will not be processed. Permits requested the day of will not be processed.

Food trucks are asked to come into the office to apply for the first time.

Meter numbers are required. If SLC Transportation provides numbers for you, we will not be held accountable for the area not working for which you intended it.

For refunds on issues with meters, send an email to Techpermit@slcgov.com as early as the issue is known for consideration of a refund. For issues with bagged meters, please contact SLC Compliance at 801-535-6628

Apply for a parking meter permit here. You can download detailed instruction on how to apply for a parking meter permit here.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 801-535-6630 or stop by our office at 349 South 200 East, Suite 150.

Construction Design, Reviews, and Sign-Off

Design Guides & Standards

Here is a list of the standard documents used in the City’s permitting process.

Check the Helpful Design Guides & Standards webpage for more resources and information about design standards and roadway policies.

Certificate of Occupancy Permits

When you phone into our office you will be required to provide us with a project number, an address and a contact person’s name and phone number. We will also need to know if this is a residential property or commercial property. In most cases we will field review the sight within the same day or next day.

What we look for in our transportation inspection:

1. Ingress and egress from the site. We check for proper sight distance on either side of the driveway(s). That trees, power poles, signs and other obstructions are out of the Sight Distance Triangle. Providing adequate sight distance allows for a safer entrance and exit from public streets. We look for driveway grades, widths, one-way- or two-way designation, etc.

2. Striping of the parking lot. That all lane lines are well spaced and that they meet city standards. That all parking stalls are evenly spaced and allow for access between vehicles. Grades of parking areas, maximum slope exposed to ice and snow conditions are 4% from side to side and 6% front to back.

3. ADA striping of parking stalls. The first stall needs to be van accessible, 16 feet wide. An 8 foot wide stall and an 8 foot wide cross hatched area for loading is required. A standard ADA stall is 13 feet wide (8 feet for the vehicle and 5 feet for loading). Each stall shall be marked with ADA pavement marking in the center of the stall as well as an ADA sign placed in front of the stall either on a pole or on the wall of the building as to not impede waking in front of vehicle. A single loading area between two ADA stalls can be used. The sign needs to be 60 inches above the parking surface to the bottom of the sign. The side slope and front to back slope of the ADA Staging area shall not exceed 2%. A ramp opening per ADA standards needs to be provided near the ADA stall that allows for easy access into the building.

4. Bike Rack: A bike rack needs to be installed. Five percent of the required parking stall requirement is to be accommodated with bike parking. It should be visible from the public street, as near as practical to the front entrance where it can be visibly seen. The rack is to be of the type to support the bike by the frame. The bike rack may be mounted on any accessible surface such as grass or concrete.

5. Pedestrian; access from the public way to the parking lot and to the building shall be safe and unobstructed per ADA / building code standards (stairs, rails, ramps etc as needed). In conjunction with City Engineering inspections we will look at the public sidewalk for tripping hazards, ADA ramps at intersections etc.)

After our inspection we will sign off approval for your Certificate of Occupancy (CO). If the work is incomplete we will discuss the items needed for full inspection compliance (punch list) and then return promptly to the job site after you have made the correction on the punch list, per your return phone call. A temporary permit will be issued only if all public safety issues have been addressed, (such as stocking shelves or phasing the building occupancy etc.) in order to assist you in your project completion.

Demolition Permits

When you phone into our office you will be required to provide us with a flag number, an address and a contact person’s name and phone number. We will also need to know if this is a residential property or commercial property. In most cases we will field review the sight within the same day or next day.

What we look for in our transportation inspection:

1. Location of the structure in relation to the area that the rubble is pulled to known as the work area. This determines if the work can be done on site or needs to be done in the public area.

2. How close the public sidewalk and public street or public alley is to the structure. If there is a large distance between the structure and the sidewalk or the street or alley you will most likely not be required to install barricading. If the sidewalk or street is to close to the structure you will be required to install barricading to protect the public. This requires you to come into our office and receive guidance on how the barricading is to be laid out. You are required to provide a sight plan of the area showing the public sidewalk and public street.

After our field inspection we will call in the location to the permit counter as a “No Barricading Required” or “Barricading Required.”

The process of obtaining a “Demo” permit is four to five steps;

  1. Call our office for an inspection.
  2. Our field review of the location.
  3. Our phone in report of our findings.
  4. You may then receive you permit with a “No Barricading Required” or “Barricading Required.”
  5. If you receive a “Barricading Required”, you will need to stop into our office at 349 South 200 East, Suite 150 to receive instruction on how the barricading is to be laid out.

Design Guides and Manuals

ADA Guide for Pedestrian Accessibility During Construction

Click here to review the Salt Lake City ADA Compliance Manual for accommodating pedestrian access during construction.

SLC Traffic Control Manual for Construction

  • Traffic control manual, pages 25 to 70
  • page 25 – Work Outside the Shoulder
  • page 26 – Work on Shoulder or Parking Lane
  • page 27 – Shoulder Closed on Divided Roadway
  • page 28 – Work in Center of Road (Maintaining Two-Way Traffic, 35 MPH or Less)
  • page 29 – Work in Travel Lane (Maintaining Two-Way Traffic, 35 MPH or Less
  • page 30 – Lane Closure on a Low-Volume Road (No Flagger, Traffic Self-Regulating, 25 MPH or Less)
  • page 31 – Lane Closure on a Two-Lane, Low-Volume, Low Speed (30 mph or less) Road (One Flagger Operation)
  • page 32 – Lane Closure on a Two-Lane Road (Two Flagger Operation)
  • page 33 – Temporary Road Closure (Not to Exceed 15 Minutes)
  • page 34 – Center Turn Lane Closed on a Three-Lane, Two-Way Road
  • page 35 – Lane Shift on a Three-Lane, Two-Way Road
  • page 36 – Lane Closure on a Four-Lane, Undivided Road
  • page 37 – Lane Closure on Divided Roadway
  • page 38 – Double Lane Closure on Divided Roadway
  • page 39 – Center Lane Closure on Divided, Multi-Lane Roadway (Speeds of 35 MPH or Less
  • page 40 – Half Road Closure on Multi-Lane Roadway
  • page 41 – Half Road Closure on Multi-Lane Roadway (cont.)
  • page 42 – Lane Closure in Advance of an Intersection (Work Area on the Through Road)
  • page 43 – Lane Closure in Advance of an Intersection (Work Area on the Side Road)
  • page 44 – Lane Closure Beyond an Intersection (Work Area on the Through Road)
  • page 45 – Lane Closure Beyond an Intersection (Work Area on the Side Road)
  • page 46 – Left Lane Closure on Far Side of Intersection (Speeds of 35 MPH or Less)
  • page 47 – Right Lane Closure on Far Side of Intersection (Speeds of 35 MPH or Less)
  • page 48 – Closure in the Center of an Intersection
  • page 49 – Surveying
  • page 50 – Street Closure with Detour
  • page 51 – Street Closure with Turn Lanes
  • page 52 – Pedestrian and Worker Safety
  • page 53 – Sidewalk Closure Pedestrian Detour
  • page 54 – Sidewalk Closure Pedestrian Walkway Provided
  • page 55 – Sidewalk Corner Closure
  • page 56 – Construction Fence
  • page 57 – Canopied Walkway at Mid-Block
  • page 58 – Canopied Walkway at Corner
  • page 59 – Typical Canopied Walkway Detail
  • page 60 – Canopied Walkway Notes
  • page 61 – Mobile Operations
  • page 62 – Intermittent and Continuously Moving Mobile Operations
  • page 63 – On the Shoulder
  • page 64 – On the Shoulder (continued)
  • page 65 – On a Two-Lane Road
  • page 66 – On a Two-Lane Road (continued)
  • page 67 – On a Two-Lane Road Using Flaggers
  • page 68 – On a Two-Lane Road Using Flaggers (continued)
  • page 69 – On a Multi-Lane Road
  • page 70 – On a Multi-Lane Road (Continued)

MUTCD 2009 Typical Application Graphics