Parking and the 72-Hour Rule

Parking is available in the Wedgwood business district at the northwest corner of NE 86th Street.

Parking for cars is at a premium in Wedgwood, especially in the business district along 35th Ave NE.  At the corner of NE 86th Street, after the small building was demolished on November 26, 2013, the asphalt has become popular for parking, relieving the pressure of the limited number of curbside spaces near businesses.

The City of Seattle has an ordinance limiting on-street parking to 72 hours. This means that, even on a residential street at the curbside parking in front of your house, cars cannot stay parked in one place for longer than 72 hours.

The Traffic Code also prohibits junk motor vehicles from being left on City streets (see Abandoned Vehicle Hotline). Additionally, the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) prohibits vehicles over 80 inches (such as RVs, tractor trailers, and larger trucks) from parking on most city streets (any street except those adjacent to Manufacturing or Industrial zoning) between the hours of midnight and 6 AM (SMC 11.72.440).  The Seattle Police Department routinely enforces these ordinances and also responds to specific cases when alerted by complaints from the public.  Please use the non-emergency number (206-625-5011) to report violations.

Only the muddy footprint of a demolished building is not parked-on at the corner of NE 86th Street in the Wedgwood business district. Across the street is the Jasper Apartment Building.

Sometimes the ordinary parking restrictions on a street may change, such as to allow street cleaning, construction activity, special events or other unusual circumstances that require that the street be cleared of parked vehicles. When this happens, official signs (easels) will be posted announcing the temporary change to parking restrictions with the dates and times when no parking is allowed (see Temporary No Parking Zones). In some cases these signs may be set up with as little as 24-hour advance notice before the restrictions take effect. Vehicles must be moved by the time indicated or drivers may receive a citation and their vehicle may be impounded and towed.

Although some people may not use their vehicles on a regular basis (and therefore leave them parked on the street), the vehicles must still be moved every 72 hours and comply with all posted signs, including the ones announcing temporary parking restrictions that may go into effect after 24 hours. When a car is parked on a public street, drivers are encouraged to check their car at least once a day, even if the car is on a street where it is allowed to park up to the citywide 72-hour maximum.

If you believe your vehicle has been towed, please call (206) 684-5444 (Seattle Police Department). To learn about the impound process, please visit the Tow-Away Zone page.

To report an abandoned vehicle, call the Seattle Police Department Abandoned Vehicles Hotline at (206) 684-8763.

For more information on the 72-hour On-Street Parking Ordinance, call (206) 684 ROAD (684-7623).