Load Zones

Load zones provide areas solely for loading and unloading people and goods. Load zones should not be used for parking. Businesses interested in a new zone or changes to the load zone near them may call (206) 684-ROAD (7623).  

Temporary No Parking Zone can be requested for uses such as allowing a moving van to park adjacent to a building for loading or unloading activities by calling (206) 684-5086.  

Load/Unload Zones

Curb color: Yellow  

Expeditious drop-off and load/unload of people and goods from private vehicles. In the Center City - these require parking payment   

Passenger Load Zone

Curb color: White  

Quick passenger drop-off and pick-ups. Driver should remain in vehicle. 

Truck-Only Load Zone 

Curb color: Yellow  

Delivery or pick up of products, merchandise, or other objects. Restricted to vehicles licensed as trucks.   

Commercial Vehicle Load Zone

Curb Color: Yellow 

CVLZs are for commercial service delivery vehicles (such as trucks delivering beverages, food supplies, office goods, large merchandise, etc.). Commercial Vehicle Permits are required to use these zones unless a commercial vehicle makes payment at the nearby pay station or payment by phone.  

CVLZs are located in Seattle business districts with paid parking. Established in Seattle in 1989, their purpose is to provide designated space for service delivery vehicles to stop. Payment is required given the loading demands in paid parking areas. 


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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