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Downtown Employee Parking

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. This registration allows you to park in permit only-designated areas in the Peter Kirk Municipal Garage (located under the Kirkland Library), along Lake Avenue West (signed permit parking only area), and in the Wester Lot on 3rd Ave. The stalls in the Municipal Garage are located on the lower level and the lower level ramp. The Wester lot is located at 120 3rd Avenue, just to the south of City Hall. 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 that qualify for this program must work in the central business district, a
s defined by Kirkland Municipal Code 12.45.010 (1).

Downtown Employee Parking Program for Central Business District (PDF 250KB)
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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.

How to register

  • Download the parking registration form or the printable registration form.
  • Your employer must have a valid City business license and verify your employment on the registration form with their signature.
  • As a downtown employee, you may register up to two vehicles. All vehicle information including license plate number is required.
  • Currently city hall is closed to the public. Please use one of these three options to submit your completed registration form:
    • Scan the form and email it to
    • Place the form in the Development Services drop box outside of city hall. The box is at the north entrance, to the left of the main doors.
    • Mail the form to: City of Kirkland Public Works Dept, Attn: David Gourlie, 123 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033.
  • 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.


  • 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. 

Public Works
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
T. 425-587-3800 | F. 425-587-3807
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Operations & Maintenance
915 8th St, Kirkland WA 98033
T. 425-587-3900 24/7 | F. 425-587-3902
Mon-Fri, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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