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Parking and Car Storage Rules

  • You need to follow the rules about where you can park and store your car on your property.

What Is It?

We regulate where you can park cars on your property and how many cars can be stored on your property. The specific rules depend on your property’s land use zone. 

What It Isn’t

We don’t regulate parking on public property; see the Seattle Department of Transportation for those parking regulations.

Rules to Follow

If you’re a landlord, there are new parking rules for rental housing. See Rental Agreements.

Generally, in a single-family zone, you:

  • May park up to three cars outside on your property
  • May park in a driveway leading to a garage or parking space that is not in your front yard
  • Cannot park within 20 feet of your property's front yard boundary (lot line)
  • Cannot park in your side yard if it faces the street

In other land use zones, the location and number of parking spaces are set by your permit. Whether we allow parking at your site depends on the land use zone, the property’s history, and the codes that apply to your site.

Read the Code

Parking provisions for single-family zones are primarily in two sections of the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC):


We fine first-time violators $150. Our penalty for additional violations is $500. Parking violations outside of single-family zones may be subject to fines starting at $150 per day. We will also charge for inspections.

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