Residential parking management addresses neighborhood concerns with non-resident vehicles parked in neighborhoods adjacent to businesses, schools and other public facilities (A Guide to Bellevue Parking Laws). This program has two components - general parking restrictions and residential parking zones.
A neighborhood may be eligible for zoned or general parking restrictions if it regularly experiences a significant amount of spillover parking from adjacent businesses or is near major generators of parked cars (high schools, shopping malls, etc.). Both types of restrictions require majority support from neighborhood residents, as well as City Council approval.
General Parking Restrictions
With general parking restrictions, no permits are issued. All vehicles, including residents and their guests, are not allowed to park on the street during the time indicated. If residents in a neighborhood do not need on-street parking during the day, general parking restrictions are the best option because they are easier to enforce. Bellevue parking regulations are listed on the police traffic services page.
Residential Parking Zones
A residential parking zone is an area established by a city ordinance to restrict non-residential parking on neighborhood streets. Residents and their guests are exempt from the restrictions if they park legally and display an RPZ permit (apply for RPZ permit).
RPZ frequently asked questions
Am I eligible to apply for an RPZ permit?
You must live within one of the following residential parking zones to receive an RPZ permit.
- RPZ 1: Surrey Downs
- RPZ 2: Interlake High School
- RPZ 3: Bellevue High School
- RPZ 4: Bellewood
- RPZ 6: Sammamish High School
- RPZ 7: 111th Ave NE and NE 12th St
- RPZ 8: Main and 110th Ave SE
- RPZ 9: West Bellevue
- RPZ 10: Mockingbird Hill
- RPZ 11: Kelsey Creek
- RPZ 14: Bellevue College
- RPZ 15: NE 14th St and NE 15th St between 110th Ave NE and 112th Ave NE
- RPZ 16: 123rd Ave NE, south of NE 8th St
- RPZ 18: Allen Road
How much are RPZ permits?
Assuming you are a resident and reside within an RPZ boundary, there is no fee to procure a permit.
What do I need when I apply for an RPZ permit?
You need to complete and sign the application, provide a photocopy/scan showing proof of residence (e.g. driver’s license, utility bill, rent receipt), and provide a photocopy of Washington Vehicle Registration.
How many RPZ permits can my household have?
You are permitted one RPZ permit for each registered vehicle (maximum of four  permits).
I am hosting a large event or party. Are temporary permits available?
Temporary permits are available but should be requested AT LEAST 2 business days in advance.