What To Know About Paving in Seattle

Any hard surface that doesn’t allow stormwater to seep into the ground is considered pavement. As a business, you need paved surfaces for cars to park or drive up to the building. Sidewalks and walkways keep pedestrian’s feet clean as they make their way into your business. Not to mention paved parking and walkways add to the building’s aesthetics and functionality.


It’s important to use regulatory signs Seattle WA when paving around your business. Placing caution signs and traffic cones keeps drivers and pedestrians safe during the construction time frame. Cones also help keep people and vehicles off freshly poured concrete. Placing the right signs around your project helps limit your liability whether paving a sidewalk, driveway or parking lot.


Businesses use a variety of materials to pave creating a hard surface on which to walk or drive. Asphalt and concrete paving are the most common options but not the only materials used. Compact gravel, drivable gravel surfaces, packed earthen materials and permeable paving are other options depending on the needs of the business and the design.


Seattle requires a grading permit for any paving project that involves 2,000 square feet or more regardless of whether adding or replacing the existing pavement. Resurfacing does not require a permit. Building permits often include a grading permit for the parking lot, driveway and sidewalks.


There is a grading code which requires the grading permit. Seattle also has an environmentally critical areas code for those who wish to pave areas considered environmentally critical. Stormwater codes are also enforced in the Seattle area.

Few people want to get their feet or car muddy. Paving offers solid ground to park, drive and walk for customers of your business. Following Seattle’s codes and permit regulations make sure your business stays in compliance while you work on your building. The right signs keep pedestrians and drivers safe as they move around your business.