Public Works often gets questions or complaints about parking in residential areas.
State law, RCW 46.61.570, prohibits:
- Parking in intersections or on sidewalks and street planting strips.
- Parking in front of driveways or within 5 feet of driveways.
- Parking within 15 feet of fire hydrants.
- Parking in crosswalks or within 20 feet of crosswalks, marked or unmarked.
- Parking within 30 feet of stop signs, yield signs and traffic signals.
State law, RCW 46.61.575, requires that vehicles on two-way roads be parked “with the right-hand wheels parallel to and within 12 inches of the right-hand curb or as close as practicable to the right edge of the right-hand shoulder." This provision in state law prohibits vehicles from parking backward, or facing opposite the adjacent travel direction, on two-way roads.
Clark County Code, CCC 10.10 Truck and Trailer Parking on Residential Streets, prohibits trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds and trailers measuring more than 20 feet long from parking in residential areas. This code section does not apply to vehicles that are loading or unloading.
In January 2019, the Clark County Council added a new provision to Clark County Code, CCC 10.04.040 No parking in front of mailboxes, to prohibit parking within 10 feet of mailboxes, except temporarily while delivering or retrieving mail.
Public Works does not enforce parking laws. For enforcement inquiries, residents should contact the Clark County Sheriff's Office or call the sheriff's speeding hotline: 360.397.2211 ext. 5482.
Many parking issues can be resolved through courteous discussions with your neighbors.
Community Mediation Services also can be helpful in resolving neighborhood parking disputes.