Parking Permits on Mercer Island
Below is information regarding City parking restrictions in the Town Center area and in the North Mercer neighborhood (i.e. north of the Sound Transit Park-and-Ride facility). Please review the information below to determine which City permit is appropriate.
Permits are available at the City Hall Permitting/Utility Counter (open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:00pm).
Click here for information on the Sound Transit Park-and-Ride garage.
Applications & Instructions
This permit is useful for residents who wish to leave their car for the entire day, walk to the Sound Transit Park-and-Ride on North Mercer Way, and catch a bus to Seattle or Bellevue.
It allows a vehicle to be dropped off on the following streets between 7:00am-9:00am Monday through Friday (permit must be valid and displayed on the vehicle).
Available areas are (See "Town Center Permit Parking" designation on Parking Map
a. 78th Avenue SE: Parking on both sides between SE 28th Street to SE 29th Street;
b. SE 29th Street: Parking on both sides between 77th Avenue SE and 78th Avenue SE;
c. 80th Avenue SE: Parking on both sides between SE 28th Street and SE 30th Street;
d. SE 30th Street: Parking on both sides between 78th Avenue SE and 80th Avenue SE.
: This permit does NOT authorize parking in the restricted parking district (RPD).
This permit is for a Mercer Island resident whose home address is within the boundaries of the North Mercer Restricted Parking District (see What is the RPD?
). This permit shall also grant the privileges of a Town Center parking permit.
- Guest Parking (within an RPD) Permit Application
A Mercer Island resident whose home address is within the boundaries of the North Mercer Restricted Parking District, may apply for up to two guest parking permits, each requiring a separate fee, subject to the procedures and conditions set forth in MICC 10.74.020 and MICC 10.74.030(A).
- Temporary Contractor Parking Permit Application
This permit is for a temporary contractor who needs on-street parking in the North Mercer Restricted Parking District for more than two consecutive days to provide service to a North Mercer Restricted Parking District resident that cannot be accommodated by the residentís guest vehicle permit.
- View a MAP showing the entire Town Center and North Mercer restricted parking areas.
- The fee for each parking permit is $10. Permits will be issued in two colors, one color specifically for the residents north of the Park-and-Ride (North Mercer RPD) and the other for Town Center parking permits. These residents will be identified by their address using the Cityís GIS Mapping System.
Placement of Stickers
Permits in the form of stickers are to be placed on the inside of the rear windshield in the lower corner of the driver's side of the vehicle.
Temporary parking stickers will not be issued. Parking restrictions will not be enforced after 5pm, so that guests can park in the streets where allowed. Residents should make provision for daytime guests and trades people to find legal parking on their property. They cannot park in the permit zone without a permit.
Service vehicles, including City vehicles are exempted from posted parking restrictions. Utility companies providing emergency repairs requiring access to street lights, signals, utility boxes, and other facilities can park anywhere (with the proper signs, traffic safety cones, flaggers, etc.)
Mercer Island police officers will enforce the parking restrictions every weekday. They will regularly check the North Mercer neighborhood. Officers will also be enforcing the safety violations in the North Mercer neighborhood. This includes vehicles parked blocking fire hydrants or driveways and vehicles parked within eight feet of the center of the roadway or too close to intersections.
Officers will also enforce parking without a permit in the restricted zone of the Town Center; this enforcement will occur between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM on weekdays.
The penalty for parking in a permit-restricted area without a valid permit is $35 and a penalty for any transfer, attempt to transfer, or other unauthorized use of a parking permit is $250.
Town Center Parking List
Click here for a full list of streets with time-limited parking, permit parking and prohibited parking.
Click here for the map version.
The basic rules for obtaining a permit are as follows:
Contact: For questions, please call 206-275-7783.
- A resident can apply for one permit for each licensed vehicle.
- For each permit requested, the applicant must supply the Vehicle License Number and the year, make and model of the automobile. A copy of the vehicle registration for each vehicle for the current year must be provided.
- For residents whose automobiles are registered to an off-Mercer Island address, other proof of residence/vehicle ID will be required.
- For a Mercer Island resident who drives a car that is not registered to his/her home address, such as a company car, a letter on company stationery stating the following is required:
- That the applicant is a company employee and has sole use of a company vehicle.
- The plate number of that vehicle.
- That the vehicle is normally parked at the applicantís Mercer Island home address before and after work.
- The letter must include the company's Washington State Unified Business Number.
- Permits are valid for a two year cycle (e.g. 2014-2015).
- All permits expire Dec 31 of the second year.
- Permits are nontransferable.
- When parking permits are renewed, a new fee is collected.
In 2001, the City Council made policy decisions about how to reduce Park-and-Ride overflow impacts on the north end neighborhood and the Town Center. The overriding objective is to eliminate parking for non-Mercer Island commuters from City streets.
In 2003, the City Council created a restricted parking district in the North Mercer neighborhood to prevent Park-and-Ride overflow parking.
The Council decided to implement the least intrusive methods necessary to get this desired result as follows:
- By application, the City will issue a Mercer Island parking sticker to any vehicle if the vehicle is registered to an address on Mercer Island, or the vehicle is registered to an address outside Mercer Island and the owner can establish Mercer Island residency. Stickers will be issued at a nominal (processing) charge.
- The sticker must be affixed to the vehicle to allow permit parking in the restricted areas north of the park-and-ride and in the Town Center.
- In areas where parking is allowed in the north end neighborhood, parking will be restricted to permit holders.
- In areas where parking is allowed in the Town Center, parking will be allowed ONLY for permit holders before 9 AM.
- All parking restrictions will be enforced weekdays.
- Restrictions went into effect January 7, 2002.