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SeaPark is SDOTs Performance-Based Parking Pricing Program

Since late 2010, SDOT has set on-street parking rates and hours of operation based on occupancy data to achieve a goal of one to two spaces available per block for visitor and shopper access. We believe we can improve the parking experience by aiding people in finding parking faster, which also means less circling traffic congestion and vehicle emissions.

SDOT conducts an annual paid parking study that is used for the data analysis in rate-setting. The City adopted Seattle Municipal Code 11.16.121 in late 2010 and conducted a Performance-Based Parking Design Study in 2011.

For more information:

Contact Mary Catherine Snyder at or (206) 684-8110 

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:

  • 12th Avenue
  • Ballard (parts of)
  • Belltown
  • Capitol Hill
  • Cherry Hill
  • Chinatown/International District
  • Commercial Core
  • Denny Triangle (parts of)
  • First Hill (new as of August 2015)
  • Fremont
  • Green Lake
  • Pike-Pine
  • Roosevelt (new as of August 2015)
  • University District (Edge area rolled back to 6pm, new as of September 2015)
  • Uptown/Seattle Center

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

Commute Period Parking 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

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.



Paid Parking Signs

After 5

In thirteen neighborhoods, parking hours extend to 8 PM to support reliable visitor access in the early evening. On blocks where signs show this icon, the maximum parking time limit is extended from 2 hours to 3 hours after 5 PM.

Best Value

Look for the green check mark to find the Best Value parking blocks, with lower rates or longer time limits. These blocks may be a little farther from your destination but likely have more  parking available, making it easier to find a spot.           

2 hours max

Signs indicate 2-hour parking from 8 am to 6 pm Monday-Saturday, generally found in Pioneer Square and Ballard

2 hours max - 3 after 5

Signs indicate 2-hour parking from 8 am to 5 pm, and 3 hours max after 5 pm. Use the After 5 icon as a guide. Signs generally found in Belltown, Capitol Hill, Chinatown/International District, Commercial Core, Denny Triangle, Pike-Pine, University District, and Uptown.

2 hours max - value parking

Signs indicate 2 hour parking from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday-Saturday. The Value icon indicates a lower rate than other nearby blocks. Look for this sign in parts of Pioneer Square.


4 hours max

Signs indicate 4-hour parking from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday-Saturday. The Value icon indicates an extended time compared to other nearby blocks. Look for these signs in parts of Belltown and Uptown.

4 Max until 6

Signs indicate 4-hour parking allowed from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday-Saturday. Look for the Value icon to indicate extended parking time compared to other blocks nearby. Look for these signs in parts of Denny Triangle, the U-District, and Ballard.



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