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Online No Park Verification Form

Application for Truck Permits and/or Metered Space Reservation Form

Temporary No Parking Zones are established to restrict regular parking and provide curb space for purposes such as construction activity (which may require a Street Use permit) moving vans, or to clear a street for special events like a parade. The restricted area is not intended to be used for parking of personal vehicles and is regulated by the Seattle Department of Transportation. Any valid on-street parking space, whether paid or unpaid, may be considered for use as a Temporary No Parking Zone.

In areas without paid on-street parking pay stations, legally establishing a Temporary No Parking Zone requires placement of type T-39 or T-38 easels, and completion of a confirming online validation form. The Seattle Traffic Control Manual for In Street Work describes how to properly place temporary no parking signs and easels in the right of way. The Manual can be accessed here.

Example of Sign

The signs must conform in message, dimension, and color with the diagrams found in the Manual. Temporary no parking signs and easels will not be considered valid if they do not clearly indicate a contact name and telephone number, if they do not clearly indicate start and stop dates and times, and if they do not have a printed Public Notice affixed to at least two signs per block prior to the temporary no parking zone going into effect. The contact name and number (or someone who will stand as their agent) will be the responsible party for the sign placement. This name and number are in addition to the existing phone number on the signs for towing purposes (206-684-5444).

SDOT does not provide these signs. They may be rented or purchased from local companies. Please search the Internet for “barricades Seattle” or look in the telephone yellow pages under the heading “Barricades.”

Completion of an online verification form is required to establish Temporary No Parking Zones. The online form replaces the prior hard-copy form that had to be printed out and faxed to the Seattle Police Department’s Parking Enforcement Unit. The new online version of the form can be accessed here. Instructions for its use can be accessed here.

The signs should be placed and marked and the online Notification of Temporary No Parking Zone form should be filled out and submitted 72 hours prior to the beginning of the desired restriction and enforcement. This gives those who may have previously been legally parked in the zone ample opportunity to move their vehicles prior to the start date for the zone.

To Reserve a Parking Space with a Meter or Pay Station:

1. Request (or download) an "Application for Truck Permits and/or Metered Space Reservation"

Begin the process by completing the Application for Truck Permits and/or Metered Space Reservation. Please request the spaces well in advance of the date(s) that you want the parking spaces reserved (a week ahead of time is helpful). You may download the application from our web site or request an "Application for Truck Permits and/or Metered Space Reservation" form by contacting the Traffic Permits office at (206) 684-5086. The form can be faxed or emailed to you. You must complete the form making certain to list the meter or pay station parking space identifier numbers (found on the heads of meters or on round metal plates bolted to the sidewalk by each parking space), as well as a description of where the spaces are located (such as the street name, which side of the street, the cross-streets, and the nearest address if applicable, etc.). For the dates requested, SDOT staff will arrange for hoods to be placed on the meters adjacent to the spaces being reserved, or signs to be placed at the spaces if they are controlled by a pay station.

The cost for reserving paid spaces (meter or pay station) is a one-time $18.50 installation/removal fee per space, plus $15 per space per day for "No Parking 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon - Sat)," or $18 per space per day for "No Parking - Tow Away Zone."


2. Obtain a "Hooded Meter Truck Permit"

Once a Temporary No Parking Zone has been established at parking spaces controlled by a meter or pay station, a vehicle must have a "Hooded Meter Truck Permit" to park in the Temporary No Parking Zone. You may request this permit with the same application used to reserve your meter or pay station space(s). You may fax your request to the Traffic Permits office at (206) 684-5085. Unless you allow enough lead time for US Postal Service (7 – 10 days), you need to pick up your permit(s) in person and present payment for the permits and any meter or pay station fees. Hooded Meter Truck Permits are only issued for trucks (pick-ups, moving vans, commercial delivery vehicles, etc.) and service vans with truck or commercial vehicle plates - passenger vehicles and non-truck vehicles are not eligible. This permit needs to be in the vehicle and visible from the outside for the entire time you are using the Temporary No Parking Zone.

To Reserve a Parking Space without a Meter or Pay Station:

1. Request an "Application for Truck Permits and/or Metered Space Reservation"

Begin the process by completing the Application for Truck Permits and/or Metered Space Reservation frm. Please submit your application to request your permit well in advance of the date(s) for which you need the Temporary No Parking Zone and Restricted Area Truck Permit (at least one week ahead of time is helpful). You may download the application from our web site or request an "Application for Truck Permits and/or Metered Space Reservation" form by contacting the Traffic Permits office at (206) 684-5086. The form can be faxed or emailed to you. You must complete the application making certain to list a description of where the restricted area spaces are located (such as the street name, which side of the street, the cross-streets, and the nearest address if applicable, etc.).

The cost of the truck permit without meter hooding is $16 and is good for up to 2 days; each additional day is $8. Please call the Traffic Permits Counter at 684-5086 for details.

2. Arrange for "No Parking" Easels

Contact a barricade company (listed in the yellow pages under "Barricades") to arrange for "No Parking" easels to be placed three days in advance of the date(s) the zone is needed. The barricade company will charge a fee for their service.

3. Verify No Parking Easels

You should verify that the “No-Parking” easels are in place and properly marked at least 72 hours in advance of the date(s) for which you requested a Temporary No Parking Zone. However, Seattle Municipal Code (SMC 11.30.060) only requires 24 hours notice be given in order to tow a vehicle from a temporary no parking zone.  The times and dates of the Temporary No Parking Zone must be clearly written on the easels. Also, a printed Public Notice confirmation form must be placed on at least two signs per block prior to the temporary no parking zone going into effect. The Public Notice should be attached to the upper right-hand corner of the sign, preferably with a plastic sleeve and binder clips as shown in this photo:

Temporary No Parking Zone sign

Failure to comply with these requirements means these signs and the temporary no parking zone will be unenforceable. Please submit the online verification form at least 72 hours in advance of the start of the Temporary No Parking Zone.

4. Obtain a "Restricted Area Truck Permit"

Once a Temporary No Parking Zone has been established at parking spaces without a meter or pay station, a vehicle must have a "Restricted Area Truck Permit" to park in the Temporary No Parking Zone. You may fax your request to the Traffic Permits office at (206) 684-5085. Unless you allow enough lead time for US Postal Service (7 – 10 days), you need to pick up and present payment for the permit(s) in person. Restricted Area Truck Permits are only issued for trucks (pick-ups, moving vans, commercial delivery vehicles, etc.) and service vans with truck or commercial plates - passenger vehicles and non-truck vehicles are not eligible. This permit needs to be placed in the vehicle (so that it is visible from the outside) which parks in the Temporary No Parking Zone.

Question about No Parking signs?

If you have a question about Temporary No Parking signs please call one of the following numbers:

  • For questions about how to properly place Temporary No Parking easels and use the online verification form, please contact the SDOT Traffic Permits Counter at (206) 684-5086.
  • For questions about Temporary No Parking easels that are placed on a street, check the company name and phone number on the bottom of the sign and call that number. If there is no company name or number the sign is not valid.
  • If you have a vehicle that was towed from a Temporary No Parking Zone call City Towing at (206) 684-5444
  • For questions or complaints about Temporary No Parking signs call the Customer Service Bureau at (206) 684-CITY

You can find more information about using Temporary No Parking Zones here.

Traffic Permits Counter

Please contact the Traffic Permits Counter at (206) 684-5086 with any questions during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m

The Traffic Permits Counter is located on the 37th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower (formerly Key Tower) at 700 Fifth Avenue (at Columbia Street) in downtown Seattle.

The mailing address is:

Seattle Department of Transportation
Traffic Permits, 37th Floor
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

 

 

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