Parking on any portion of sidewalk illegal

Just in case anyone was wondering, it’s illegal to park your vehicle on any portion of the sidewalk, even where the sidewalk intersects with your driveway. This applies to motorcycles and mopeds, not just cars. From the Seattle PI’s 911 blog:

It’s illegal to be parked on any portion of the sidewalk, Seattle Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Sheridan said.

He cited section 11.72.360 of the Seattle Municipal Code, which states: “No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle on or over a sidewalk, whether constructed or not.”

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3 Responses to “Parking on any portion of sidewalk illegal”


  • “whether constructed or not”? So, if someone ticketed for that on First Hill points out that it’s common behavior in the unconstructed neighborhoods in the north end, would a court let them off due to inconsistent enforcement standards? Would the city respond by enforcing those standards everywhere? That would be a boon for the budget shortfall, but I suspect it wouldn’t be all that popular among voters. Unlikely premise, true. Thanks, that’s good to know in detail. Always annoying to encounter that sort of thing wherever it is.

  • I might start reporting some of my neighbors, then. There is an apartment building on my block with a very wide sidewalk in front, and an adjacent driveway. I see people with their cars parked fully on the sidewalk, parallel to the street, all the time. Now that I know it’s outright illegal, I’m going to do something about it.

  • It’s especially annoying when you’re in a wheelchair, and the yahoo who parks his pickup across the sidewalk every day forces you to “walk” in the street. (Happens all the time. Keeps a lot of people in chairs from going out.)

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