Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) Permits

August 3, 2022

Permit Counters Closed

Due to COVID-19, our public-facing customer service counters remain closed until further notice. This includes both the Street Use and the Traffic and Parking permit counters at the Seattle Municipal Tower on floors 23 and 37. We are still processing permit applications. You can submit applications for all permit types online through the Seattle Services Portal.

The Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) Program helps make public, on-street parking easier in some residential areas. These areas have a parking demand generator like a college, hospital, school, or business district.

An RPZ is usually requested by residents. Most RPZs allow short-term parking for visitors while limiting the impact on residents in need of long-term parking. The cost of the permits covers the cost of managing the program.

For more facts about where RPZs exist, how they are managed, and who qualifies for a permit, review our Restricted Parking Zone Fact Sheet or continue reading below. 

Existing RPZs

Open our interactive map to view Restricted Parking Zones. Zoom in to find your block. If your home is located directly next to a BROWN line, you are eligible for an RPZ permit.

You can also find your RPZ online using the Address Lookup tool.

You could qualify for a discount on your RPZ permit! With documentation, discounted permits are available for $10 to income-eligible people. Learn more about discounted parking permits here.

An example of a placement of an RPZ sign on a neighborhood street in Montlake.

How to Apply

If your address qualifies for a permit, follow the steps below to get a new permit online.

Before you apply: Check to see if your Zone is about to expire. Each Zone operates on its own expiration cycle. Permits expire by Zone cycle, not from the date of purchase. If your zone is close to renewal, you may want to consider applying for a Short-Term RPZ permit.

Do you have a valid disabled parking permit? You do not need to apply for a separate RPZ permit. A disabled parking permit allows you to park in your Restricted Parking Zone up to the citywide 72-hour limit.