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Parking Enforcement Information and Questions

In an effort to increase public awareness regarding vehicle parking in the City, the following is an explanation of the law and enforcement practices of the Renton Police Department.

The City of Renton has adopted State law in regards to parking regulations. This state law can be found in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Chapter 46.61.570.  Also see Renton Municipal Code Chapter 10 concerning parking regulations.

In brief, this law states where parking is prohibited:

  • On a sidewalk or street planting strip
  • On a crosswalk
  • On any railroad track
  • In front of a public or private driveway or within five feet of the end of the curb radius leading thereto
  • Within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant
  • Within twenty feet of a crosswalk
  • Within thirty feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway
  • Within 15 feet of a Mailbox

Another area of concern for the public is parking in residential areas facing the wrong direction. RCW 46.61.575 states that: "Every vehicle stopped or parked upon a two-way roadway shall be so stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels parallel to and within twelve inches of the right-hand curb or as close as practicable to the right edge of the right-hand shoulder."

Parking Enforcement Officers are responsible for enforcing parking regulations throughout the City of Renton.

This enforcement includes:

  • Timed parking zones
  • Disabled parking
  • Gene Coulon parking, including boat ramp parking
  • Residential streets

Enforcement of parking regulations may include tagging vehicles as abandoned, citations, and on some occasions, impounding of illegally parked vehicles.

The Renton Police Department's Traffic Unit receives numerous complaints each week regarding parking violations. Parking Enforcement Officers generally use "complaint based enforcement" to address parking violations within the City of Renton.  The complaints are prioritized and addressed when officers are available.

Can commercial vehicles stop and block a lane of travel while unloading in the business area of downtown Renton?


Can I park my car on a city street or city right-of-way in front of my house?

Vehicles parked on city streets/right of way must have valid registration/current tables.  Vehicles parked longer than 72 hours are considered abandoned.

Can I park my boat trailer, travel trailer, or utility trailer in front of my house on the street?

No, all trailers must be attached to a vehicle that is parked on the street.  Vehicles must then abide by parking regulations for parking on a street.

How do the parking enforcement officers know how long I've been parked someplace?

There are a number of ways a vehicle can be tagged, it may not be an obvious “mark” or “tag” as mark removal and pushing the abandoned vehicle a few feet is a counter measure utilized to circumvent the law. Ongoing violations will likely result in removal by impound.  There is a distinction between not agreeing with the citation and feeling a genuine mistake was made. In those cases please call the Traffic Sergeant at 425 430 7561. 

I received a parking ticket by mistake. Who do I talk to?

In short - the judge. Once a ticket is issued it cannot be "voided" or taken out of the system. On the back of the infraction is a form that can be filled out and mailed in requesting a court date. Fill out this form if you would like an opportunity to explain to the judge why you feel the ticket was given in error.

General Information

If I move, do I need to notify the Department of Licensing of my new address?

Yes, you have 10 days to notify them of your new address. Failure to do so is an infraction.

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