Seattle street parking. Now there is an app for that.

PaybyPhoneJuly18 005Beginning in downtown’s retail core, drivers are now able to use their phones to pay for on-street parking without needing to visit a pay station or display a printed sticker. Users can choose to receive text message updates and buy more parking from their phone, if they have not yet reached the maximum time allowed.

The City has launched parking pay by phone  to help improve compliance with parking rules and provide what will surely be a popular benefit for drivers.

Download the app at your phone’s store or at http://paybyphone.com/seattle.

Drivers sign up by downloading the PayByPhone app or calling 1-888-515-7275 to create an account with their vehicle license plate(s), cell phone number and credit card payment info.

PaybyPhoneJuly18 002With an established PayByPhone account, drivers can simply pay for on-street parking with their phone while using the unique location number for each side of street. Users will be charged $0.35 per transaction and will not need to display a pay station receipt on their window. Smartphones can scan the QR code or tap the Near Field Communication (NFC) tag on PayByPhone stickers to initiate streamlined payment.

The Seattle Police Department’s Parking Enforcement Officers will use separate mobile devices to check in real time license plates that have paid by phone.

The payment by phone service has started in the downtown retail core between First Avenue, Seneca Street, Ninth Avenue and Stewart/Olive Streets. The City will roll out the service to all areas with paid parking by the fall.