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Comments Needed on RPZ Program Director’s Rule

zone 4 sign cleanStarting in 2007, SDOT initiated a major policy review to redesign the RPZ program to better achieve City’s goals for parking management, transportation, economic development, social equity, and sustainability. On Monday, SDOT reached an important step in revising the Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ ) program and released a draft “Director’s Rule”. The rule provides important guidelines and information for the new RPZ program, based on recently passed legislation.

This Director’s Rule explains how SDOT determines:

  • who is eligible for RPZ and guest permits
  • how the business parking permit pilot program in Southeast Seattle will operate
  • what the process is for starting a new RPZ
  • how communities can expand their existing RPZ

You can review the draft Director’s Rule here. It will be available for review until September 8, 2009 at 5pm.

Please send your comments and questions to Ruth Harper at (206) 684-4103 or via e-mail to

Seattle’s RPZ program is designed to help residential neighborhoods by discouraging long-term parking by non-residents (e.g.commuters or employees) on residential streets. There are currently 31 RPZs throughout the city, with over 17,000 vehicles displaying RPZ decals.