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Carpool Parking in Downtown Seattle

Map of Carpool Parking Locations in Seattle

If you have any questions about the city's Carpool Parking program, call Commuter Services at (206) 386-4648.

Reduce the cost of your workday commute. Registered carpools qualify for discounted parking in specially designated areas throughout the city. Rates vary.

To Qualify

  1. Be at least two adults who reside more than two miles from the carpool parking location, except for Queen Anne and the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, where eligibility is limited to registered vanpools and carpools of three or more adults, and

  2. Live and work near one another or share more than 50 percent of a common route to and from work, and

  3. Commute together to and from work together at least four days a week, and

  4. No member of your carpool may hold, simultaneously, a parking permit for another area or have had a permit revoked.

  5. The vehicle may not pass by or through the assigned carpool parking area in order to pick up participants.

  6. Except for the "P" area, which is open to carpoolers to "First Hill," in order to qualify for a carpool parking permit in the public right of way of the Central Business District, at least two members of the carpool must work there.

To Apply/Renew

  1. Each participant must read, complete and sign this application and renewal form.

    Print out the form available below, and Fax it to 206-684-5085 or mail it to: SDOT, Commuter Services, P.O. Box 34996, Seattle, Washington 98124-4996.

    Download Application and Renewal Form Here

  2. Designate a carpool “Manager” to distribute information and to collect and return application and renewal forms.

Issuing the Permit

  1. Commuter Services will evaluate your application to determine eligibility.

  2. Commuter Services will arrange for you to make payment and obtain your permit.

  3. Carpoolers make check or money order payable to the City of Seattle. (This office cannot accept cash.)

Parking Assignment

Commuter Services assigns parking based on availability, as close as possible to carpoolers' work sites. Vehicles with the highest occupancy receive priority. If applications for an area exceed the number of available spaces, we will establish a waiting list.

Renew Permits Quarterly

  1. Commuter Services mails renewal forms to the carpool manager. If you do not receive renewal forms by the 10th of your renewal month, call Commuter Services at (206) 386-4648. Unless special arrangements are made in advance, permits not renewed by the expiration date will be cancelled.

  2. Each member of the carpool completes and signs the form and returns it to the carpool manager. The manager collects the forms and returns them altogether with a check or money order payable to the City of Seattle.

Basic Rules

One-At-A-Time: Only one vehicle registered to your carpool may park in carpool parking areas at any one time.

Park vehicle and display permit as directed by Commuter Services. The permit number must be clearly visible to Parking Enforcement Officers from outside the vehicle.

Lost Your Permit? There is a $5 fee to replace lost or stolen permits.

Changes: Report changes in your carpool to Commuter Services immediately. New participants must complete an agreement form.

Where To Park: Park only in your assigned area. Do not park in areas not authorized by your permit. Displaying a carpool permit does not exempt a vehicle from normal parking restrictions. Do not park in the "aisles" of the Freeway Lot or block crosswalks, sidewalks or driveways.

Access to Space: On-street carpool parking areas have posted reserved times, usually between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. At other times these spaces are available to the general public. If you arrive or leave and return outside the times reserved for carpools and no spaces are available, finding alternative parking is your responsibility.

Liability: Participants must agree to assume any and all risks of personal injury or property damage arising from participation in the program.

MISUSE OF PERMIT may result in a citation, vehicle impound, revocation of the permit, a $5,000 fine and up to one year in jail. Misuse includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Failure to comply with the "Basic Rules" outlined above;
  2. Falsifying information on the application or renewal forms;
  3. Duplicating a permit;
  4. Transferring a permit to persons or vehicles not registered to your carpool;
  5. Having concurrent, monthly parking at another facility;
  6. Receiving a carpool parking discount and concurrently receiving a transit pass subsidy.

Privilege and Responsibility

The benefits from carpooling are seriously undermined when individuals misuse permits in order to take advantage of the parking discounts offered by this program. If you know of or suspect misuse of a carpool permit, please call Commuter Services at (206) 386-4648. The City will take appropriate action.

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