Temporary No Parking Permits

Permit Counter Temporary Closures

To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, we will close our public-facing customer service counters starting Monday, March 16. We expect to reopen our counters Monday morning, April 13, but will continue to evaluate this timeline as the outbreak evolves. This includes both the Street Use and the Traffic and Parking permit counters at the Seattle Municipal Tower on floors 23 and 37.

For construction use in the right-of-way and street improvement permits, please e-mail your completed application to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.

For major utility permits, please e-mail your completed application to SDOTUtilPermits@Seattle.gov and be sure to use the subject line: Permit#_ProjAddress – UMP New Application / Modification Application

For all other permits, please apply online through the Seattle Services Portal.

Our staff will be available to provide application coaching and assist with issuing permits by phone.

Street Use Permit Counter: 206-684-5253

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Traffic and Parking Permit Counter: 206-684-5086

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Temporary No Parking Zones are established to restrict regular parking and provide curb space for purposes such as construction activity (which may require a Street Use permit), moving vans, or to clear a street for special events like a parade. The restricted area is not to be used for parking of personal vehicles. Any valid on-street parking space, whether paid or unpaid, may be considered for use as a Temporary No Parking Zone. 

You may not reserve already-restricted parking zones such as Carshare, Carpool, Food Vending, Truck Only, Passenger Load, or other Load/Unload Only zones. In special cases, or if there are no other options, you may contact the Traffic Permit Counter at trafficpermitsinfo@seattle.gov or call 206-684-5086 to make arrangements to relocate the affected zones to a nearby location. This may require additional reservation fees and sign-off by adjacent businesses or property owners. Learn more here.

How to reserve a paid parking space (on blockface controlled by a parking pay station)

How much does it cost?

  • $16.00 per truck permit for up to 2 days, 3rd and any additional days $8.00 per day per permit
  • $18.50 labor charge for installation and removal of No-Parking Signs at metered spaces
  • Lost Revenue per metered space per day
    • $22.00 in Downtown for "Yellow" (No Parking, 7 AM - 6 PM, Monday - Saturday)
    • $17.00 outside Downtown for "Yellow" (No Parking, 7 AM - 6 PM, Monday - Saturday)
    • $27.00 in Downtown for "Red" (24-hr TOW AWAY Zone)
    • $20.00 outside Downtown for "Red" (24-hr TOW AWAY Zone)

Questions? 

For information on current Temporary No Parking Zones, check the Temporary No Parking Zones tab of this map.

To Reserve an Non-Paid Parking Space (without a Pay Station)

  1. Arrange for 'No Parking' Easels
    1. Contact a barricade company (use search term "barricades Seattle") to arrange for "No Parking" easels to be placed three days in advance of the date(s) the zone is needed. The barricade company will charge a fee for their service. For the signs to be valid, you must write the dates and times for the temporary no parking zone in the "from" and "to" areas on the sign. Because the signs are reusable you'll need to use a non-permanent ink marker or grease pencil.
      Temporary No Parking

  2. Apply Online
    1. Once the Temporary No Parking signs are in place, you will need to apply online. You may need to register on the Seattle Services Portal and create an account. Once you log in choose "Permits - Parking & Truck" > "Temporary No Parking Zone" > "Temporary No Parking Zone (unpaid area)". This will generate the public notice which must be attached to at least two barricade signs per block.
  3. A printed Public Notice must be placed on at least two signs per block prior to the temporary no parking zone going into effect. Once you've completed the application you will receive an email with instructions for printing the public notice. You must have access to a printer at the time of completion as you will need to print the public notice. For the Temporary No Parking Zone to be enforceable, the sign must have both the public notice attached and the dates and times for the Temporary No Parking Zone written on at least two signs per block. The Public Notice should be attached to the upper right-hand corner of the sign, preferably with a plastic sleeve and binder clips as shown in this photo:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    Temporary No Parking Zone must be clearly written on the easels

    The No-Parking easels, including the printed public notice, should be placed 72 hours in advance. However, Parking Enforcement only requires a 24 hour notice in order to enforce the No-Parking area.
  4. If you are using a moving or storage container, please see the requirements for leaving the container in the street. 
  5. If you are using a moving truck, a "Restricted Area Truck Permit" is needed. You can apply online or in person at the traffic permit counter:

Question about No Parking signs?

  • If you have a question about Temporary No Parking signs please call one of the following numbers:
  • For questions or complaints about Temporary No Parking signs or questions about how to properly place Temporary No Parking easels and use the online verification form, please contact the SDOT Traffic Permits Counter at (206) 684-5086.
  • For questions about Temporary No Parking easels that are placed on a street, check the company name and phone number on the bottom of the sign and call that number. If there is no company name or number the sign is not valid.
  • If you have a vehicle that was towed from a Temporary No Parking Zone call City Towing at (206) 684-5444