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Parking Signs

The City of Seattle uses many parking signs to provide information about when, how long, and for what purposes a vehicle may park on-street or to designate specific curb uses. A few of the most common are described below. Sometimes two or more signs are combined when several regulations apply to the same curb space. To report a damaged parking or traffic sign please call (206) 684-ROAD (684-7623).

Angle Parking

Indicates a location where vehicles park at an angle to the curb instead of the more common practice of parking parallel to the curb. Angle parking can be head-in or back-in. Other parking regulations may apply (such as time restriction parking). Angle parking can only be installed on some streets where issues such as the width of the street and traffic and safety conditions permit.

Carpool Parking

Indicates a location and/or time period when this curb space may be used only by vehicles with a City of Seattle carpool parking permit. To obtain a carpool permit, review the qualifications by clicking here.

Carshare Parking

Indicates a location where a space is reserved 24 hours a day for vehicles belonging to a carsharing club.

Disabled Parking

Indicates curb space reserved for use by vehicles with a Disabled License Plate or a Disabled Placard. Vehicles parking in spaces signed for Disabled Parking without the license plate or placard are subject to fines.

Load Zone

Indicates a location and/or time periods when this curb space may only be used for specific types of loading and unloading activities. Review the different types of load zones by clicking here.

No Parking

Indicates an area where parking is not allowed, or may specify "No Parking West of Here" or "No Parking within 30 feet" (of a stop sign), and/or indicates a time period when parking is not allowed, such as between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., during peak hours (7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.), or at night (10 p.m. - 5 a.m.).

Parking Wayfinding

Indicates the general direction to nearby off-street public parking facilities.

Peak Period Restriction

Indicates a time period and location where parking is not allowed during hours of peak use and traffic flow, such as from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Vehicles parked in these spaces during prohibited times may be subject to fines and immediate removal and impound (see Tow Away Zone).

Residential Parking Zone (RPZ)

Indicates a block (or part thereof) where parking for vehicles without the appropriate RPZ Permit are subject to time restrictions. Vehicles without the appropriate RPZ permit parking for longer than the posted time may be fined.

Taxi Zone

Indicates at space to be used for short-term parking for taxis in-between calls.

Time Restriction

Indicates a location and time period where the amount of time a vehicle may park is limited, such as to one or two hours. When the limit has expired, the vehicle must vacate the space and is prohibited from parking on the same block until the next day.

Tow Away Zone

Indicates a location and/or space where parking is not allowed. Vehicles parked in a Tow-Away Zone are subject to fines and immediate removal and impound.

Unrestricted Parking

Indicated by an absence of any posted restriction to parking at this curb space (no Time Restriction signs, no Load Zone signs, no Disabled Parking signs, no Tow Away Zone signs, etc.). Vehicles may park in unrestricted curb spaces for up to 72-hours before the space they are in must be vacated (see 72-Hour On-Street Parking Ordinance for more information).

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