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Parking in Seattle: Sunday Time Limits

Parking Changes are Coming to the Central Waterfront

In late August, new Sunday time limits are coming to the Central Waterfront. Free time-limited onstreet parking is being installed at the request of neighborhood businesses to help Sunday customers and visitors more easily find a parking space. Click here for a map showing the area with new Sunday time limits.

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New signs will be installed that limit parking on Sundays.

Why are the time limits being installed?

Construction activities have commenced for the SR 99 Tunnel Project. A significant impact of tunnel construction has been the removal of on-street parking under the viaduct, primarily along the waterfront and in Pioneer Square. Businesses that rely on short-term, on-street parking are feeling the effects of this loss. To offset the impacts, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) - with significant input from the stakeholders in the affected neighborhoods – have developed strategies that improve access to parking for business customers and waterfront visitors.

Strategies include increasing public awareness through marketing of existing parking spaces, creating temporary on-street parking along Alaskan Way and expanding the e-Park program into affected neighborhoods. Through the stakeholder advisory process, Central Waterfront business owners requested help to create turnover on Sundays for customers and make it easier for them to find a parking space. In the Spring of 2012, SDOT studied the area and found that 90% of the street parking was occupied by 10AM and remained very full until 5PM.

Click here for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

The map below shows the new Sunday time limits.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will parking still be free on Sundays?
A: Yes parking on Sundays will still be free; however, time limits will be enforced.

Q: When will the Sunday time limits be in effect?
A: Sunday time limits will be in effect from 10 am to 6pm.  Time-limits on Monday through Saturday will remain 8 am to 8 pm.

Q: When will the time limits be installed?
A: Parking time limits in this area will begin in late August 2012. Notification signs will be posted on each block in advance to let parkers know of the change.

Q: Where can I find more information about parking in this neighborhood?
A: There’s a new parking map showing locations and rates for off-street parking located on the Central Waterfront and in Pioneer Square. Visit for more information.

If you have questions about Sunday time-limits, please contact Ruth Harper at (206)684-4103 or

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