Neighborhood Parking Legislation

For the past couple of years, SDCI has been working on parking legislation. On April 2, the full City Council may vote on the legislation. The legislation will increase opportunities for shared parking and set or reinforce progressive parking policies in places where Seattle invests in frequent transit service. These strategies will help provide access for the greatest number of Seattleites to a range of transportation options that promote social equity, help reduce household transportation costs, and reduce reliance on automobiles.

Highlights of the proposal include:

  • Create a new use category, “flexible-use parking,” to allow for greater sharing of parking in certain zones, including in Lowrise 3, Midrise, Highrise, most commercial, and most industrial zones, and in mixed-use development garages in light rail station areas.
  • Add a new maximum parking limit to manage the amount of flexible-use parking provided.
  • Clarify how frequent transit service is measured to better define areas with frequent transit service where parking is not required.


For more information, the Department of Construction and Inspection’s Director’s Report and other key documents are available on our Neighborhood Parking webpage. You can also read Council Bill 119173.

Questions regarding the proposed legislation may be directed to:

Gordon Clowers
Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
(206) 684-8375

Lish Whitson
City Council Central Staff
(206) 615-1674