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Updated 05/2012

Off-Street Parking



Local zoning ordinances regulate the number of off-street parking and loading spaces that must be provided when establishing or expanding land uses. Off-street parking provisions reflect best practices and parking standards for different land uses, and are intended to be consistent with policies related to land use, transportation, and environmental sustainability. This page is one of a series of pages on various aspects of Parking Management.

About Off-Street Parking

The ordinance provisions on this page are presented as samples representing various sized communities in urban and rural settings. Recent thinking regarding off-street parking requirements recommends that communities look at their own individual parking needs rather than copy those of other jurisdictions or use published standards. Newer off-street parking ordinances recognize both the necessity of parking and the need to reduce dependence on the automobile by encouraging transit and other alternative transportation modes. Some communities establish standards that specify the maximum number of off-street parking spaces that may be provided associated with specific uses. Some jurisdictions provide alternatives and incentives to reduce parking needs through flexible parking arrangements, such as shared parking, and the use of transportation demand management (TDM) strategies.

Off-Street Parking Provisions

  • Arlington Land Use Code Ch. 20.72 - Parking - Provides for flexible administration, alternative transportation reduction, joint use parking, tandem parking, and bicycle parking
  • Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Sec. 18.15.032 - Parking and Loading 
  • Bellevue Municipal Code Sec. 20.20.590 - Parking, Circulation and Walkway Requirements
  • Bothell Municipal Code Sec. 12.16.030 - Computation of Required Off-Street Parking Spaces
  • Brewster Municipal Code Ch. 17.32 - Parking Requirements
  • Kelso Municipal Code Sec. 17.40.060 - Development Standards - Spaces Required
  • King County Code Ch. 21A.18 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Development Standards - Parking and Circulation
  • Lacey Municipal Code Ch. 16.72 - Off Street Parking and Loading
  • Olympia Municipal Code Ch. 18.38.100 - Vehicular and Bicycle Parking Standards
  • Port Townsend Municipal Code Ch. 17.72.080 - Vehicular and Bicycle Parking Standards
  • Redmond Municipal Code Ch. 21.40 - Parking Standards - Includes electric vehicle charging stations
  • Sequim Municipal Code Ch. 18.48  - Off Street Parking - Includes alternatives for meeting parking requirements and special assessment area for maintenance and parking development 
  • Shoreline Municipal Code Ch. 20.50 - General Development Standards, Subchapter 6. Parking, Access and Circulation, Section 20.50.380 through .440
  • Skagit County Code Sec. 14.16.800 - Parking
  • Snohomish County Code Ch. 30.26 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - General Development Code - Parking
  • Vancouver Municipal Code Ch. 20.945.070 - Minimum Off-Street Parking Requirements
  • Washougal Municipal Code Ch. 18.52.040 (Adobe Acrobat Document) - Minimum Number of Off-Street Parking Places Required
  • Wenatchee Municipal Code Sec. 10.60.080 - Off-Street Parking Requirements.

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