Apply for a Downtown Employee Parking Permit

To help ensure that Downtown Kirkland visitors and customers have the best parking options in downtown Kirkland, employees of downtown businesses are encouraged to park in designated areas managed by the City. Participation in the Downtown Employee Parking Program is free.

Employees who work for businesses in the central business district of downtown Kirkland and choose to participate in the program need to register their vehicles and receive a permit sticker from City Hall. 

Your permit allows you to park in these designated areas:

  • Peter Kirk Municipal Garage
  • Wester Lot on 3rd Ave

While the Wester lot is available 24-hours a day, the Municipal Garage closes and locks at midnight every night and reopens daily at 5 a.m. No after-hours vehicle retrieval is available.

Employees of businesses located in the white highlighted area on the map are eligible to participate in the program. Any employees of businesses outside of this area are not eligible.

Online

Step 1.Make sure you're eligible

Employees that qualify for this program must work in the central business district, as defined by Downtown Employee Parking Program for Central Business District(PDF, 256KB).

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Step 2.Get approval from your manager

The form will need to be signed by your manager to get approved. 
Your employer must have a valid City business license and verify your employment on the registration form with their signature.

Step 3.Complete your online application

As a downtown employee, you may register up to two vehicles. All vehicle information including license plate number is required.


Step 4.We'll get back to you

When your form is received it will be processed and the new permit stickers will be mailed to the address listed under Employee Information. If you would like the permit stickers mailed to a different address, please add a note to the form or email.

Place the permit sticker on the driver's side rear window. If the rear window is heavily tinted and hinders the visibility of the permit sticker, the alternate location is the driver's side front windshield.

Email

Step 1.Make sure you're eligible

Employees that qualify for this program must work in the central business district, as defined by Downtown Employee Parking Program for Central Business District(PDF, 256KB).

Downtown-Employee-Parking-thumbnail-2.jpg

Step 2.Get approval from your manager

The form will need to be signed by your manager to get approved. 
Your employer must have a valid City business license and verify your employment on the registration form with their signature.

Step 3.Print the PDF application

As a downtown employee, you may register up to two vehicles. All vehicle information including license plate number is required.

Print Application for Your Parking Permit(PDF, 1MB)

Step 4.Email your application

Email it to parking@kirklandwa.gov.

Step 5.We'll get back to you

When your form is received it will be processed and the new permit stickers will be mailed to the address listed under Employee Information. If you would like the permit stickers mailed to a different address, please add a note to the form or email.

Place the permit sticker on the driver's side rear window. If the rear window is heavily tinted and hinders the visibility of the permit sticker, the alternate location is the driver's side front windshield.

Mail

Step 1.Make sure you're eligible

Employees that qualify for this program must work in the central business district, as defined by Downtown Employee Parking Program for Central Business District(PDF, 256KB).

Downtown-Employee-Parking-thumbnail-2.jpg

Step 2.Get approval from your manager

The form will need to be signed by your manager to get approved. 
Your employer must have a valid City business license and verify your employment on the registration form with their signature.

Step 3.Print the PDF application

As a downtown employee, you may register up to two vehicles. All vehicle information including license plate number is required.

Print Application for Your Parking Permit(PDF, 1MB)

Step 4.Mail your application

Mail your complete application to:

Kirkland City Hall
C/O David Gourlie
123 5th Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033

Step 5.We'll get back to you

When your form is received it will be processed and the new permit stickers will be mailed to the address listed under Employee Information. If you would like the permit stickers mailed to a different address, please add a note to the form or email.

Place the permit sticker on the driver's side rear window. If the rear window is heavily tinted and hinders the visibility of the permit sticker, the alternate location is the driver's side front windshield.

In Person

Make sure you're eligible

Employees that qualify for this program must work in the central business district, as defined by Downtown Employee Parking Program for Central Business District(PDF, 256KB).

Downtown-Employee-Parking-thumbnail-2.jpg

Step 1.Get approval from your manager

The form will need to be signed by your manager to get approved. 
Your employer must have a valid City business license and verify your employment on the registration form with their signature.

Step 2.Print the PDF application

As a downtown employee, you may register up to two vehicles. All vehicle information including license plate number is required.

(PDF, 1MB)Print Application for Your Parking Permit(PDF, 1MB)

Step 3.Deliver your application to Kirkland City Hall

Visit the Public Works counter at Kirkland City Hall.  Please turn in your completed form to the Public Works permit tech at the counter.

Step 4.We'll get back to you

When your form is received it will be processed and the new permit stickers will be handed to you along with an information sheet.  The info sheet lists the rules of the program and a map of the employee parking locations.

Place the permit sticker on the driver's side rear window. If the rear window is heavily tinted and hinders the visibility of the permit sticker, the alternate location is the driver's side front windshield.

 Reminders:

  • Participating in the program provides free parking for downtown employees in designated areas, parking is on a first come, first serve basis and is not guaranteed.
  • Per Kirkland Municipal Code 12.45.250, downtown employees are not allowed to park in areas not designated for employee parking.
  • The parking permit expires one year from the date of issuance. The employee is responsible for renewing their parking with a new registration form and permit each year.
  • If registering two vehicles only one vehicle can be parked in a downtown employee designated area at a time. If two members of a household share the same vehicles it is recommended that they register the vehicles separately. 
  • The employee is responsible for updating the information for registered vehicles if the information changes.
  • Please wait two business days or receipt of confirmation email before using the parking permit to allow staff time to process your parking registration.