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How do I keep people from blocking my driveway?

Does that sound familiar to you? It does to us – we get plenty of calls about that problem. There is something you can do about it and it’s on the books!

Seattle Municipal Code 11.72.110 – Driveway or alley entrance “No person shall stand or park a vehicle in front of a public or private driveway within a street or alley or in front of or in an alley entrance or within five feet (5′) of the end of a constructed driveway return or alley entrance return, or if none, within five feet (5′) of the projection of the edge of the driveway or alley.”

Seattle Municipal Code 11.72.120 – Driveway – Painted curb “The prohibited area for driveway returns described in Section 11.72.110 may be maintained with traffic yellow paint by the property owner or occupant.”

You can mark the  curb adjacent to your driveway as shown in this diagram:

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You can obtain Traffic Yellow paint at paint stores, but not at hardware stores. Furthermore, cars parked within the 5 foot distance of a driveway can be ticketed and towed.