Parking or re-parking on either side of a street within the same block for more than 24 consecutive hours is prohibited. Previously, vehicles could avoid ticketing by moving only a few inches. The new ordinance clarifies that vehicles must move to a different street block every 24 hours. Example: If you park on the street in front of your home and leave for for an extended time, your vehicle must be moved to a different street block at least once every 24 hours..
Parking laws exist to ensure streets stay safe for all road users, including bicyclists and pedestrians, to protect neighborhoods and businesses from illegal parking and to make parking available to all visitors. Below are common city codes related to parking. For a complete list of Bellevue city codes, please click here.
IT IS ILLEGAL TO PARK:
- Over 24 hours on the same City of Bellevue street without moving your vehicle to a different city block, and it could be impounded (BCC 11.23.020)
- Within five feet from a driveway (RCW 46.61.570)
- Less than 30 feet from a stop sign, or 20 feet from a crosswalk (RCW 46.61.570)
- Partially or fully parked on a sidewalk (RCW 46.61.570)
- Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant (RCW 46.61.570)
- In a fire lane – citation $100 (BCC 23.11.503)
- Over a white painted edge line or into the travel portion of a roadway or bike lane (BCC 11.23.025)
- Facing the opposite direction of the flow of traffic (RCW 46.61.575)
- More than 12 inches from the curb (RCW 46.61.575)
- With an expired registration and if parked for more than 45 days the vehicle can be towed at the owner’s expense (RCW 46.55.113)
- With a “For Sale” sign in the vehicle while on a public roadway (WAC 308-330-436)
- When “No Parking Anytime” signs are present or when “Time-Limit” restrictions are exceeded.
- Blocking access to a mailbox when it compromises the U. S. Postal Service’s ability to safely and efficiently deliver the mail. Avoid a citation by parking at least 10 feet from a mailbox from 8 am to 6 pm on delivery days (BCC 11.23.028).
Effective January 1, 2018, all citations are $42 unless otherwise noted.