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Paid Parking Hours

Paid Parking Hours of Operation

Paid parking is in effect Monday through Saturday and is generally limited to 2 hours, 4 hours, or 10 hours (all-day). Parking is free on Sundays, when time limits generally do not apply.

Extended Evening Hours

Seattle has many neighborhood business districts that are active destinations for customers and visitors well into the evening. Paid parking is extended until 8 p.m. in these areas:

  • Commercial Core
  • Belltown
  • Capitol Hill
  • Pike-Pine
  • Uptown/Seattle Center
  • University District
  • Denny Triangle (parts of)
  • Chinatown/International District (parts of)

In other areas with paid parking, hours are typically 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.  

Pre-Payment Options

As part of a nightlife initiative, most pay stations are programmed to open at 10 p.m. to sell parking stickers for the following morning. This gives drivers a little more time to get home safely and retrieve their vehicles the next day. You will not be able to pre-pay at pay stations on blocks with morning peak hour restrictions or for Sunday morning.

Peak Period Restrictions

Drivers should be aware that some locations have restricted parking hours to accommodate morning or evening commute traffic. Restricted hours are clearly noted on the face graphic on the pay stations, on street signs, and on the Seattle Parking Map.  Please observe restricted hours—vehicles parked during restricted hours may be towed.

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