Parking Rules and Restrictions

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Bellevue parking laws ensure streets stay safe for all road users, including bicyclists and pedestrians, protect neighborhoods and businesses from illegal parking, and make parking available to all visitors. Parking regulations in the city code are provided below. All citations are $44 unless otherwise noted.

It is illegal to park:

  • Over 24 consecutive hours on the same Bellevue street without moving your vehicle to a different city block. Vehicles in violation can be impounded (BCC 11.23.020).  Vehicles parked in authorized time zones (BCC 11.23.022) or residential permit parking zones (BCC 11.23.010) are excepted.
  • 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).