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The Parking Services Program acts as community ambassadors, providing information, directions, assistance to citizens when needed. As extra “eyes on the street” these employees provide a valuable presence throughout the downtown and greater community. They also enforce City of Spokane parking ordinances, collect money from meters, and maintain the City's parking meter system.

Parking is often overlooked as a significant contributor to the health and vitality of a community, particularly the commercial centers and downtown core. Available, fairly priced, on-street parking provides the immediate parking necessary for customer turnover, which supports local businesses.

In the downtown core, Spokane's 800 modern parking meters accept Visa, Master Card, and most American coins, providing multiple payment options for new visitors and regular users. Outside the downtown core, customers will see 2,700 traditional coin-operated parking meters that have been in use for decades.

Hours of Operation

Mon. – Sat. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Observed Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (Fourth of July)
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • and on the Monday following, or the Friday preceding said holidays where designated a national holiday for observance.

Residential Parking Pass Program

The Residential Parking Program started as a pilot program involving three management companies for residential buildings in the metered downtown Spokane area. It has expanded to include many other residential buildings as a result of the parking meter expansion. The Spokane Municipal Code designates the rules regarding the distribution of Residential Parking Passes. As this program gains use and popularity with downtown residents, we anticipate being able to manage it with an online portal, but as the program is in its infancy, we are still in the process of developing that capability.

Residential Parking Passes are for use by residents at ALL DAY (formerly 10 Hour) meters, which allows the pass holder to hang the placard instead of paying the meter. It does not prevent pass holders from being subject to other rules regarding parking according to the Spokane Municipal Code. Passes are not intended for use in place of payment at 2 Hour or 4 Hour meters. All Residential Parking Passes must be issued from the City to a Landlord/Property Manager/Property Owner, according to the Municipal Code, so individual passes cannot be issued by the City at this time. The purpose of this stipulation is to verify tenancy within the downtown metered area, which is a requirement for participation in the program.

The City has been in contact with qualifying owners, landlords, and property managers to ensure access to the Residential Parking Program for those tenants who wish to participate in it. Participation is not required, and not all residential buildings within the downtown metered area elect to participate.

For more information, view the Spokane Municipal Code Section 16A.61.5708.

Related Documents

Boot-and-Tow Program

As of July 1, 2,778 people have four or more unpaid parking citations in collections and are eligible for the Boot-and-Tow Program. More information.

Meter Bags

Meter bags can be leased for days, weeks, months, or annually to accommodate construction, maintenance and entertainment activities within the metered zones. Please call for more information on meter bags.

Loading Zone Permits

Occupying a Commercial Loading Zone without the proper permit displayed on the vehicle can result in a $30 violation. Loading Zone Permits are available for purchase by registered businesses.

Parking Citations

Once a parking citation is written and posted on a vehicle citizens should contact the City of Spokane Municipal Court with questions or for more information.

Disabled Parking

City Parking Enforcement Officer routinely enforce Disabled Parking stalls throughout the entire City. This includes all parking lots within the City of Spokane limits, including shopping centers, shopping malls, and any other off-street parking available for public parking without charge (no parking fees paid).

All Disabled Parking stalls are enforceable 24 hours a day, seven days a week even if some or all of the adjacent businesses might be closed. Disabled Parking violations carry a $450 fine.

Residential Neighborhood Parking Enforcement

City Parking Enforcement Officers also respond to specific enforcement problems in residential neighborhoods when contacted by citizens on a case-by-case basis. Requests for neighborhood enforcement may be submitted anonymously.

Initial neighborhood enforcement efforts usually, but not always begin with warning notices being placed on vehicles allegedly parked in violation of appropriate Spokane Municipal Code(s).

An officer will usually enforce all apparent parking violations present on the same block or immediate area, whether those violations are directly related to the specific citizen request or not. Follow-up enforcement is normally continued until reasonable compliance is achieved.

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