Three Years on the Dot, Still Saving Parking Spots

Downtown's popularity, particularly in the University of Washington - Tacoma area, has exceeded expectations.  Therefore, on September 20th, the area from Pacific to Jefferson and 17th to 21st will see some changes.

Parking time limits in this area will shorten to 90 minutes and extend until 8 PM Mondays through Saturdays.  In addition, the "Saturday Special", which allows visitors to pay $1.50 for all-day parking throughout downtown, will no longer apply in this area.  Yet, rates stay the same - just 75 cents per hour.

Exactly three years ago, paid on-street parking came to downtown Tacoma to ensure parking turnover so that even those coming into downtown for a few minutes to visit a business or friend could find a space.  Paid on-street parking was, and still is, designed to encourage those staying longer to use alternative transportation or off-street parking options. 

Parking Task Force member and University of Washington, Tacoma staff member Jan Rutledge feels the change is a positive one, "Extending limited parking hours until 8 PM will create adequate turnover throughout business hours for our local businesses and restaurants."

To get the word out, the City is using a targeted public education effort which echoes the "We Save You a Spot" campaign that launched paid on-street parking three years ago. 

Those with comments or questions may reach the Parking Task Force through City of Tacoma staff liaison Eric Huseby at (253) 591-5437.

Pay Fines with Tacoma Municipal Court's New Online Payment System

Citizens who receive parking tickets, camera citations, traffic infractions or other fines can now use the Municipal Court’s new online payment system. There are two online payment options available. Citizens can either pay their tickets or fines online by eCheck, credit card or debit card through the Trust Commerce site, or respond to a collections letter from NCO Financial Systems and make an online payment by eCheck, credit card or debit card.

To use the new online payment system, citizens will need to reference their tickets or case paperwork. Those who do not have their tickets or case paperwork, or who are using screen readers, are advised to call the Tacoma Municipal Court at (253) 591-5357 for assistance. The new online payment system is available at the City of Tacoma Municipal Court.

How to Use Pay Stations

Watch the Public Service Announcement

Parking Technical Advisory Group (PTAG)

The Parking Technical Advisory Group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at 4:10 PM in the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street. The public forum begins at 5:30 PM.


Parking Services

The primary function of Parking Facilities is management of the City’s on-street and off-street parking systems.  There are currently over 3,000 actively managed on-street parking stalls. The off-street system includes six facilities with a total of nearly 2,550 parking spaces.  The City contracts with Republic Parking Northwest to provide daily operational oversight of the off-street parking system. 

Off-Street City Parking Facilities

A Street Garage
110 South 11th Street

Carlton Center Building & Garage Parking 
1551 Broadway

Convention Center Garage 
1500 Broadway

International Museum of Glass Garage 
1801 Dock Street

Municipal Garage and Lot 
728 Market Street

Park Plaza North Garage 
923 Commerce Street

Pacific Plaza Garage 
1125 Commerce Street

On-Street City Parking

Parking Rules

  • The minimum payment is $0.25
  • You must pay for parking during the times posted
  • You must properly display a valid receipt (See illustration on receipt or front of paystation)
  • You must display only one receipt at a time
  • You must not park during restricted hours posted on street signs
  • You must move your vehicle from the block face after the maximum time has elapsed
  • Payment not accepted for two hours after posted time regulations


Pay Station Features

  • You may use a credit card (VISA or Mastercard) or coins
  • You may use a receipt with unexpired time in any other metered or pay station space
  • Except where restricted, you may park prior to paid parking times, and pre-purchase parking time two hours after posted time regulations 



  • You must display a valid receipt on the headlamp
  • You may park more than one motorcycle per space
  • You may write license number on displayed receipt to deter theft


Boundaries for Paid Parking

  • Boundaries in the downtown core for paid on-street parking are:
  • South 7th Street (both sides)
  • Market Street (both sides)
  • South 21st Street and Dock Street (both sides)
  • A total of about 1,500 parking spaces will be metered.


Free On-Street Parking Days

Every Sunday
New Year's Day - January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Third Monday of January
Presidents' Day - Third Monday of February
Memorial Day - Last Monday of May
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - First Monday of September
Veterans Day - November 11
Thanksgiving Day Holiday - Fourth Thursday and Friday of November
Christmas Day - December 25

When one of the holidays listed above falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a free parking day.

Additional Information

Parking Technical Advisory Group

Downtown: On the Go!


Eric Huseby
Parking Services Manager
(253) 591-5437