City of Seattle 72-Hour On-Street Parking Ordinance

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The City's Traffic Code does not allow a vehicle to be parked on a city street for longer than 72 hours. In accordance with public health recommendations, the City of Seattle temporarily suspended enforcement of the 72-hour on-street parking ordinance in Spring 2020. On June 30, 2021, Washington state fully re-opened, and all industry sectors previously covered by the Roadmap to Recovery Phased Reopening returned to usual capacity and operations. The City of Seattle is currently reviewing 72-hour enforcement procedures in light of the new state guidance and citywide re-opening efforts. We have heard from many people that enforcement of the 72-hour rule is important to restore mobility and efficient access to the curb side for neighbors, businesses and all travelers. During this time, parking enforcement officers have continued to enforce vehicles blocking fire hydrants, transit lanes; and street-use permits for accessible curb space, including construction, maintenance, and moving into and out of buildings can be found here.

Regardless of whether or not there is any sign posted, the City's Traffic Code does not allow a vehicle to be parked on a city street for longer than 72 hours.  Move your vehicle off the blockface at least once every 72 hours.  If you are going on vacation, find off street parking or leave your keys with a trusted neighbor to check your vehicle and move it as needed.  

Because parking restrictions on any street can change with 24-hour notice for such things as emergency utility work, cleaning or a special event, people should check for temporary signage every day. Vehicles must be moved by the time indicated or drivers may receive a citation and their vehicle may be towed and impounded. 

Seattle Police Non-Emergency: (206) 625-5011

Seattle Police 72-Hour Parking Limit/Abandoned Vehicles: (206) 684-8763