RPZs – Types of permits and fees

Permits for residents - going virtual

These are for residents with a vehicle registered at an eligible address. Permits generally cost $65. Each address is eligible for up to four decal permits. Some zones are partially or fully subsidized by nearby major institutions. Most permits renew on a two-year cycle. These permits are non-transferable. Click here to apply online.  As zones renew, they will transition to virtual permits - no decals!  For more information, click here.  

Guest permits for residents

Guest permits are $30 when purchased with a decal, or $65 when purchased alone. Each address is eligible for one guest permit. Click here to apply online.

Temporary permits

When you submit your application for permits online, you will be emailed a 10-day temporary permit to use while it is being reviewed and processed.

After your application is successfully processed, you will be emailed a 15-day temporary permit to use until you receive your permanent permits in the mail.

Discounted permits

Low-income permits are available for $10.

To qualify for a low-income permit please submit your application with one of the following types of documentation:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance card (formerly food stamps)
  • Energy assistance from Seattle City Light or Puget Sound Energy
  • Rental assistance from Seattle Housing Authority (Section 8) or copy of rental agreement in SHA property
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) check or stub
  • Lease/rental agreement from Plymouth Housing, CHHIP, or other low-income housing providers
  • Proof of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – NOT regular Social Security income
  • Issuance of King County Metro Transit Low-Income Fare Card (ORCA LIFT)
  • Other documentation considered on an individual basis

Click here to apply for low-income permits online.

Short term permits - going virtual

60-day short term permits can be issued if you are waiting to update your vehicle registration to your eligible address. We will only issue two consecutive 60-day permits.  60-day permits are going virtual later in 2022 - no more hangtags, your license plate will be recorded electronically.  For more information click here.

One-day short term permits are available for all zones except Zones A and B.You may use up to five per day, and up to a total of 50 per year per address.

60-day permits cost $25 for each 60-day period. One-day permits are $1 each.

Click here to verify that you live at an RPZ-eligible address. If your address is eligible for RPZ permits, you may click here to apply for a short term permit online. Short term permits may be used by both residents and visitors.

Permits for businesses

Southeast Seattle Light Rail Zones

If your business is located within a Southeast Seattle Link Light Rail Zone (Zones 16, 28, 29, 30, or 31), employees and volunteers are eligible for RPZ permits and busiesses are eligible for up to two guest permits. One person from the business must submit vehicle information for each employee or volunteer, as well as a City of Seattle Business License. Click here to apply for Southeast Seattle business permits online. 

Businesses in all other areas

SDOT considers requests for RPZ permits for employees within an RPZ based on specific criteria. More information about this process is available here.

After reading the information sheet, if you think your business would meet the criteria, please click here for an initial business application. We will then evaluate your request and let you know if you qualify for permits.

Questions? Please call us at (206) 684-5086 or email us at RPZInfo@seattle.gov. We can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.