Parking Justice In Seattle

The Seattle Neighborhood Parking Problem

In many Seattle neighborhoods, off-street parking sucks. The situation is worse when people:

  • park on the street more than 3 days
  • park too close to driveways, making it difficult to enter and exit streets.

When you have issues like those described above, help is a phone call away. Contact the Seattle Authority to get some justice, and keep those streets just a bit safer.

For your viewing pleasure, the statute:

Seattle Municipal Code

Information retrieved January 29, 2010 12:32 PM

Title 11 – VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC

Subtitle I Traffic Code*

Part 7 Stopping, Standing, Parking and Loading

Chapter 11.72 – Stopping, Standing or Parking Restrictions


SMC 11.72.110  Driveway or alley entrance. No person shall stand or park a vehicle in front of a public or

private driveway within a street or alley or in front of or in an

alley entrance or within five feet (5′) of the end of a constructed

driveway return or alley entrance return, or if none, within five feet

(5′) of the projection of the edge of the driveway or alley.

(Ord. 108200 Section 2(11.72.110), 1979.)

What You Can Do

You can reach the Seattle Authority  by calling 206 386-9012

Visit http://www.seattle.gov/TRANSPORTATION/parking/default.htm for more information.

  • Jamie

    I would like to add that my sister has an old, bitchy neighbor who called and had her car towed because it was in one place for 3 days. You know why? She was on vacation. I would wait at least a week before calling on a car. Don't be a douche about it. As for blocking a driveway, I find it rare when someone doesn't get a ticket for that.

  • Good point. I presuppose good judgement.

  • anonymous

    I am glad to see others posting about these issues. I found that painting the curb near my driveway helped reduce the number of people blocking my driveway. See here for more details: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/d
    As to cars parked left abandoned in front of my house, I report them. Several times the abandoned cars had been stolen and just dumped in front of my house. Better to report them sooner rather than later.

  • Good comment, thanks for the link!

  • anonymous

    I am glad to see others posting about these issues. I found that painting the curb near my driveway helped reduce the number of people blocking my driveway. See here for more details: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/d
    As to cars parked left abandoned in front of my house, I report them. Several times the abandoned cars had been stolen and just dumped in front of my house. Better to report them sooner rather than later.

  • Good comment, thanks for the link!

  • Assflickr

    Having to park more than 5′ from a driveway is fucking ridiculous.

  • Thanks for your comment. If you have ever had to make a 5 point turn coming out of a driveway, it makes sense.

  • Golly

    Its amazing to me that people will park right in front of your driveway when there is plenty of parking across the street. And never get a ticket for it. What happened to common courtesy?

  • Golly

    Its amazing to me that people will park right in front of your driveway when there is plenty of parking across the street. And never get a ticket for it. What happened to common courtesy?

  • Most people just think of themselves. But that’s why we have the parking authority!

The Author

Sean Oliver

Sean Oliver is a management consultant in Seattle, WA