City of Seattle 72-Hour On-Street Parking Ordinance

What's new?

On October 15, 2021, The City of Seattle resumed enforcement of the 72-hour parking rule. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and statewide stay at home order, enforcement of the 72-hour parking rule was suspended in March 2020. While warnings and citations may be issued on any vehicle parked in one place for 72 hours, the initial focus will be on clearing unoccupied hazardous vehicles that may have been abandoned.

Regardless of whether or not there is any sign posted, the City's Traffic Code does not allow a vehicle to be parked on a city street for longer than 72 hours.  Move your vehicle off the blockface at least once every 72 hours.  If you are going on vacation, find off street parking or leave your keys with a trusted neighbor to check your vehicle and move it as needed.  

Because parking restrictions on any street can change with 24-hour notice for such things as emergency utility work, cleaning or a special event, people should check for temporary signage every day. Vehicles must be moved by the time indicated or drivers may receive a citation and their vehicle may be towed and impounded. 

Seattle Police Non-Emergency: (206) 625-5011

Seattle Police 72-Hour Parking Limit/Abandoned Vehicles: (206) 684-8763