Motorcycle & Scooter Parking in Seattle
Motorcycles are eligible to park in any parking space that a passenger car is allowed to park in. This includes paid parking spaces (meter or pay station), spaces with time-limit restrictions, and spaces that are unrestricted (but still subject to the citywide 72-hour on-street time limit). In Restricted Parking Zones (RPZs), motorcycle and scooter users may park without an RPZ permit.
More than one motorcycle may occupy a parking space as long as there is sufficient space and all parking regulations are observed. The City has also designated more than 100 parking spaces around the city for the exclusive use of motorcycles and scooters.
Click here for a map of designated scooter/motorcycle on-street parking locations.
Some Places Motorcycles May Not Park
All regular parking regulations apply to motorcycles. Motorcycles may not park in front of fire hydrants, within 5 feet of a driveway, in Tow-Away Zones, in load zones, etc.
Motorcycles may not park:
- In spaces in front of or behind striped parking spaces (as these spaces typically provide maneuvering room that passenger cars need to enter and exit an adjacent striped space)
- Along curb bulbs or indentions,
- In alleys
- On the sidewalk
Motorcycles in Paid Parking Areas
If a parking space is controlled by a pay station, motorcyclists must purchase a receipt at a pay station and properly display it on the headlamp. While more than one motorcycle may park in the space, each vehicle must display a valid receipt to avoid a citation.
Although it is possible for a person other than the driver of a motorcycle to remove a pay station receipt that is properly displayed on the motorcycle's front headlamp, it is an uncommon occurrence. If you are worried we suggest that you pay with a debit/credit card, so you will have proof of your transaction, and write "motorcycle" and/or your license plate number on the parking receipt.
For more information on parking motorcycles in the City of Seattle, contact Becky Edmonds at (206) 684-5104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.