Finding parking in the U District can be a challenge. If you need to drive, consider the resources on this page that can help make your experience more manageable.
The Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) Program was created to help ease parking congestion in residential neighborhoods around significant demand generators, while balancing the needs of all people to be able to use the public streets.
New and Changing RPZ
Get the current information about the changes being made to RPZ permits in your area.
Check out King County’s Multi-Family Residential Parking Calculator to view estimated parking/unit ratios for multi-family developments throughout King County.
The PayByPhone app on your smartphone makes paying for parking, convenient, easy, and secure. You can extend your parking session remotely (if time available) and get a text message reminder before time expires.
Get Guaranteed Parking Steps from your Bus
In partnership with King County Metro, you can secure a conveniently located space at a number of select Diamond Parking lots.
Try walking, biking, and taking transit to the University District. If you work or volunteer here and want to learn about car free commute options? Let us plan your commute. Visit our Commute to Work planning page for details.
Ask your employer about the ORCA tools for businesses
PlugShare is a free application for iOS, Android, and web that allows users to find and review charging stations, and to connect with other plug-in vehicle owners.
Maximize Parking Resources
Right Size Parking Project
Over-building of parking supply leads to increased automobile ownership, vehicle miles traveled, congestion and housing costs. In addition, it presents barriers to smart growth and efficient transit service. King County Metro has an interest in encouraging land uses, policies, and development that overcome these barriers and lead to communities that transit can serve efficiently and effectively. Parking supply and pricing often have a direct impact on jurisdictions ability to create compact, healthy communities.
This guide presents a set of tools that developers and property managers can use to better manage parking supply in multifamily buildings. Some of these tools can reduce the amount of parking needed to serve residential demand, resulting in a significant positive impact on project bottom line in terms of both construction costs and rent. Others can increase parking utilization and create new revenue streams.