City to resume time-limited street-parking enforcement, and paid parking

Announced today by the city:

Starting Monday, July 13, we’ll reinstate on-street paid parking and hourly time-limited parking enforcement.

Paid parking and hourly time limited parking enforcement were suspended in early April in response to the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order. With King County’s transition to Phase 2 of the Safe Start Plan, businesses are reopening, and reliable access at the curb for customers is critical for recovery.

Parking will be $0.50/hour in all paid areas; the minimum rate allowed according to the Seattle Municipal Code.

The rate will remain unchanged for at least a month while we review data to determine parking activity and occupancy in our neighborhood business districts. Further adjustments could come later in 2020. We are committed to following a data-driven process.

Parking Enforcement Officers will begin enforcing paid parking requirements, as well as enforcement of free, hourly time limited parking (think 2-hour parking signs) on July 13. For the first two weeks, they will be focused on education and voluntary compliance of paid parking as customers return to our neighborhood businesses.

The full announcement is here. (West Seattle does not have paid on-street parking but does have many time-limited spaces.)

18 Replies to "City to resume time-limited street-parking enforcement, and paid parking"

  • Scofflaw July 7, 2020 (12:04 pm)

    Was there any info about the City resuming 72  hour Street Parking and Abandoned Vehicle enforcement  requests?

  • McGruff July 7, 2020 (12:06 pm)

    How soon before we start enforcing the 72-hour limit again? I’m really getting tired of the campers at Mee-Kwa-Mooks. At the rate we’re going, we’re going be Ballard in no time; needles and porch pirates galore!

    • Tsurly July 7, 2020 (1:29 pm)

      Ignorant drivel. Every morning when I run by, I see the gentlemen who is living out of the green explorer parked down there cleaning up trash along that stretch of Beach Drive. Take your garbage comment over to Nextdoor or MyNW where it belongs.

      • Tracy July 7, 2020 (6:20 pm)

        He is one out of 100. Stop condoning the behavior. I’m guessing you won’t be cleaning up after any of them anytime soon. Keep on running…

        • Tsurly July 7, 2020 (10:12 pm)

          You are right, I’m already too busy filling the garbage bag per week around my upper middle class neighborhood. Two bags already this of week of firework debris.

  • AMD July 7, 2020 (12:24 pm)

    Is the 72-hour rule included in this?

  • S July 7, 2020 (12:26 pm)

    Glad to see the 72-hour rule is still not being enforced until Phase 3. Thanks for the update!

  • WSB July 7, 2020 (12:49 pm)

    That’s in the full announcement as linked.

  • Brenda July 7, 2020 (12:50 pm)

    What about the 72??? Get these RV’s moving. 

    • WS July 8, 2020 (9:04 pm)

      Some of us don’t have a place to park but the street. Enforcing the 72 hour rule during a pandemic seems nonsensical if we are supposed to be staying in as much as possible.

  • A July 7, 2020 (12:51 pm)

    What if you’re still working from home. I live by Alki and am still working from home so I have no reason to move my car, or leave for that matter. Does the city really want us to play “musical parking spots” when I don’t have to leave?

    • KBear July 7, 2020 (9:41 pm)

      You live by Alki? Park in your garage! Or don’t have so many cars! Problem solved!

  • Karen July 7, 2020 (2:25 pm)

    Will RPZ 35 be enforced again?

    • Karen July 7, 2020 (3:57 pm)

      I see it in the document, it’s to be enforced.   

  • 22blades July 7, 2020 (2:53 pm)

    I am glad the enforcement is coming back. Construction companies & workers have taken up valuable space in front of struggling local businesses. In all the decades I’ve been going to the same barber, this is the worst parking situation I’ve ever seen. I asked my barber & he says he’s given up on all the people & companies who worked right through the restrictions in place. He’s had two identical fleet trucks that have been there since early May.

    • Karen July 7, 2020 (3:59 pm)

      If he is in the Restricted Parking Zone around the Junction he should call parking enforcement.   The RPZ was to be enforced all along but wasn’t.   

  • Sam-c July 7, 2020 (6:18 pm)

    Was this change implemented in coordination with KC Metro bus service and MORE bus service to ensure safe social distancing on buses?  I know some have been driving instead of bus rides due to the health risks, by the potential opportunities to be infected on the bus, taken in consideration with existing health conditions. It’s bad enough that employers are forcing people to take risks and now the City is too. 

  • John Smith July 8, 2020 (12:18 am)

    If I understand correctly, parking too close to a driveway SMC 11.72.120 has theoretically been enforced all along. In reality, though, trying to get Parking Enforcement to enforce this part of the Seattle Municipal Code is difficult. During hours that Parking Enforcement is not on duty, enforcement (lack thereof, really) by SPD is generally a driveby followed by an Incident Closed report to the dispatcher.

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