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Disabled Parking

Disabled parking laws, qualification requirements, and fines are established by the Washington State Legislature under RCW 46.19.050 and have been adopted by the City of Burien (BMC 10.05.040). This law insures available parking for Burien’s disabled citizens and visitors. Disabled parking areas are reserved only for those individual persons who have been issued a disabled parking placard or disabled vehicle license plate. Burien honors disabled placards and disabled vehicle license plates from all states.


Washington issues a disabled identification card for every person who receives a disabled placard or disabled vehicle license plate. The identification card must be carried and made available for inspection when contacted by a police officer or parking enforcement officer by the person who is parking in a disabled zone:

Benefits for Individuals with Disabled Plates
  • Park free of charge on all public streets in Washington where pay parking meters are established.
  • Park without time limits where time limits are posted on all public streets in Washington. A city may impose no less than a 4-hour time limit on disabled parking, but the restriction must be posted with a sign.

    RCW 46.61.582 states that, “Any person who meets the criteria for special parking privileges under RCW 46.19.010 shall be allowed free of charge to park a vehicle being used to transport that person for unlimited periods of time in parking zones or areas including zones or areas with parking meters which are otherwise restricted as to the length of time parking is permitted. This section does not apply to those zones or areas in which the stopping, parking, or standing of all vehicles is prohibited or which are reserved for special types of vehicles. The person shall obtain and display a special placard or license plate under RCW 46.19.010 and 46.19.030 to be eligible for the privileges under this section.”



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