Paid parking to be temporarily suspended across Seattle

Apr 3 2020, 3:40 pm

The City of Seattle is making changes in its parking restrictions in an effort to support residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a release from the mayor’s office, the City will immediately implement changes to parking so that essential workers, residents remaining at home, or those visiting essential services do not have to worry about tickets.

“We will continue to evaluate and adjust parking regulations to support community needs until we make it through this pandemic,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in the release.

Starting April 4, the City of Seattle will implement the following temporary changes:

  • No payment will be required on streets with paid parking.
  • Hourly time limits will not be enforced outside of Restricted Parking Zones (RPZ).
  • Loading zones up to 30-minutes, including new food pick-up zones, will continue to be enforced.
  • Other previously announced temporary parking enforcement changes including suspension of the 72-hour parking rule will continue until further notice.
  • Special zones will still be in effect, including new zones for hospital and human services staff as well as existing zones for freight, food trucks, or charter buses.
  • Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) time limits will be enforced so that people who live in RPZ neighborhoods can still find parking near their homes.

“For those workers at nonprofits, grocery stores, and others on the frontlines, the last thing they should have to worry about is parking meters and tickets during this pandemic,” said City Councilmember Alex Pedersen, chair of the council’s Transportation Committee.

All other parking regulations will continue to be enforced, including no parking zones, peak period parking restrictions for transit and travel lanes, disabled parking spaces, commercial and passenger load zones, and temporary no-parking areas designated by a-frame signs.