Parking rates rise in some Seattle neighborhoods; others decrease

Parking rates rise in some Seattle neighborhoods; others decrease
Cars parked in Seattle from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)

SEATTLE — Parking rates have changed in a handful of Seattle areas.

Before the pandemic, the city’s parking rates ranged from $0.50 to $5 per hour, depending on the time and place. During the pandemic, the rates were drastically decreased. Rates now range between $0.50 and $1.50 per hour.

As the city continues to recover, Seattle is slowly adjusting rates based on demand.

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Starting Wednesday, parking rates increased to $1 or $1.50 per hour in parts of Ballard, Chinatown International District, Denny Triangle, First Hill, Pike-Pine and South Lake Union.

Parking will remain $0.50 per hour at other times and locations.

Rates were lowered to $0.50 per hour in the morning in parts of Chinatown International District.

The Seattle Department of Transportation said its goal when changing street parking rates is to make it easier for people to find parking and for customers to get to local businesses.

All 3-minute and 15-minute loading zones remain free, including more than 600 food and retail pick-up zones. Street parking remains free on Sundays and some holidays.

Visit this link for a map of Seattle’s parking rates at different times of the day.

SDOT said it will do a quarterly review of rates this year and make adjustments as needed.