Community Access and Parking Program – Columbia City


New paid parking and most new RPZ areas have been installed.  Over the next month, crews will complete installation of the RPZ 29 expansion, new unpaid time limits, designated disabled spaces, and other minor changes. See the map below for the final plan.

For residents or employers within the expanded RPZ 29, please use the following applications to obtain RPZ permits.

RPZ application forms:

NOTICE OF RPZ FINAL DECISION: SDOT has finalized the RPZ expansion area, which matches our planned expansion. For more information, see the postcard mailer.

Map of planned changes

Final Plan Mailer:


Door Hangers for blocks with No Parking changes:


Through the Community Access and Parking Program, SDOT works in neighborhood business districts throughout the city to improve parking and access.  In Columbia City, SDOT spent over a year on outreach and data collection to develop a proposed plan for parking changes, which was released in February 2017.  We used feedback from our proposal, in concert with SDOT's parking management programs and policies, to develop a final neighborhood parking plan.

Existing Conditions

  • Parking in Columbia City is a mix of restricted parking zone parking, unrestricted parking, and parking with time limits.  These are shown in the following map. Note that this map only shows parking on streets immediately in and around the Rainier Avenue business district.  For detail on surrounding streets see the RPZ Zone 29 map and/or the Seattle Parking Map.

Map of Columbia City parking restrictions showing restricted parking, time limited parking, unrestricted parking, and no parking

Commercial Area Parking Study - March 2015

SDOT completed a parking study in the Columbia City neighborhood on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, surveying both parking occupancy and duration on about 170 parking spaces adjacent or near businesses.  It found the following items:

  • Area parking exceeded 90% occupancy from 10 AM until after 8 PM.  This likely indicates that individuals who drive to the neighborhood likely circulate on local streets searching for available parking. 
  • In terms of duration, most vehicles observed parking in the area for short stays, with 78% of vehicles parking 0-2 hours in the study area (54% observed stayed less than one hour).
  • While most vehicles stayed for short periods, the small number of vehicles that parked all day had a big influence on parking availability.  Over a third of observed spaces were occupied by a single vehicle parking 6+ hours. 

View a map showing the March 2015 parking study area and summary results.

Outreach - Past Meetings and Materials

February 6, 2016: Neighborhood Mailer and Online Survey Link
February 17, 2016: Columbia City Business Association Meeting
February 20, 2016: Public Drop-n Session at PCC Display Boards 
May 1, 2016: Columbia City Intercept Survey Full Results Presentation
May 10, 2016: Parking Advisory Group Meeting Agenda and Notes
May 18, 2016: Columbia City Business Association Meeting Intercept Survey Summary and Online Survey Presentation
June 7, 2016: Columbia City Business Association Meeting Presentation
June 23, 2016: Parking Advisory Group Meeting Agenda and Discussion Sheets
July 7, 2016: Transportation Resource Fair, Filipino Community Center
August 17, 2016:  Columbia City Business Association Meeting Discussion Sheets
October 18, 2016:  Parking Advisory Group Presentation
November 29, 2016: Residential area parking study memorandum – summarizes parking studies completed in July and October 2016.
January 12, 2017: Parking Advisory Group Meeting
January 23, 2017:  Columbia City Parking Proposal Mailer
February 4, 2017:  Southeast Neighborhood HALA Meeting Poster, RPZ FAQ, and General FAQ
February 7, 2017: Columbia City Business Association Presentation
February 7, 2017: Columbia City Landmark Review Board Presentation
June 2017: Final Plan Mailer
July 10, 2017: RPZ Public Hearing Presentation
August 2017: Notice of RPZ Final Decision Postcard
September 13, 2017: Columbia City BIA Meeting
October 3, 2017: Columbia City Business Association Meeting Handout
October 3, 2017: Columbia City Landmark Review Board DRAFT Updated Pay Station Installation Plan
October 18, 2017: Citywide Landmarks Board Review and Approval
November 4, 2017: Transportation Fair, Columbia Health
November 7, 2017: Columbia City Business Association Meeting

In the News

Columbia City Source, February 6 2016: SDOT looking for neighborhood feedback regarding parking
SDOT Blog, June 9 2016: Columbia City Tells Us How They Get Around the Neighborhood
South Seattle Emerald, June 12, 2017: Metered Parking Coming to Columbia City
SDOT Blog, June 13, 2017: Parking Changes Coming to Columbia City
The Urbanist, June 14 2017: SDOT Finalizes Columbia City Community Access and Parking Program, June 14, 2017: Parking changes coming to Columbia City