Disabled Parking in the City of Seattle
Last updated: July 20, 2017
How do I obtain a disabled parking permit or license plate to use on my car?
In Washington State, disabled permits are issued by the State Department of Licensing (DOL) under authorization from a medical provider. Information is available at http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/parking.html or (360) 902-3770.
Does my out of state/country disabled parking permit work for parking in Seattle?
Valid permits, used by their registered owner, that are issued by other states or countries are treated the same as Washington-issued placards. Any temporary placards, or similar, would be issued by your state or country per local guidelines.
How can I use my parking permit in Seattle?
Under Washington state law, the City of Seattle allows on-street parking in general parking spaces at no cost to holders of valid disabled parking permits. Parking may be time-limited for permit holders for no less than 4 hours if clearly signed. Without the 4 hour limit for disabled permit holders, vehicles may park longer than any other posted time limits. Any vehicle parked in Seattle longer than 72 hours may be considered abandoned and subject to citation and towing. In addition, parking restrictions for utility or other roadway work may be posted with as little as 24 hours notice.
A disabled permit does not allow the permit owner to use Commercial Vehicle Load Zones, spaces reserved for certain users (including carpool users), or parking in No Parking areas. It also does not allow for parking in load zones longer than posted limits.
Free parking is generally not provided in off-street or privately-owned and managed parking areas, but this is up to the parking lot owner.
How can I find out more information about off-street parking for disabled permit holders?
SDOT does not regulate parking on private property. The Seattle Building Code, chapter 11 section 1106, lists the required minimum number of accessible spaces based on parking lot size. Questions about designated disabled spaces in off-street lots should be directed to the Department of Construction & Inspections.
How can I request a disabled parking sign at my residence?
Seattle residents who possess a valid Washington State Disabled Parking Permit may request installation of a disabled parking space adjacent to their residence, subject to certain conditions. A signed space may be used by any vehicle with a valid permit and is not dedicated to the exclusive use by the requesting resident. Please contact Kelly Hall at Kelly.Hall@Seattle.gov or (206) 684-8175 with any sign requests.
How can I report disabled parking abuse?
Seattle Police Department (SPD) Parking Enforcement enforces disabled parking regulations. Their main line is 206-386-9012 and you can also reach them to report a violation in progress via SPD’s non-emergency number at 206-625-5011.
What can I do if I received a parking citation?
The Seattle Municipal Court handles all appeals to parking citations. Information is provided on the back of the citation and is online at http://www.seattle.gov/courts/hearings/hearinginformation.htm.