Parking Permits

Parking permits are ideal for drivers who need a place to routinely park in the downtown and Fairhaven business districts. Parking spots are available for much less than the daily meter rate. 

Downtown Permit Locations and Rates

Map of downtown Bellingham with red lines showing where paid parking is and squares to indicate where permit lots are.
Click on the map to open a PDF version.

Rates for off-street permit parking:

LocationMonthly Rate
Commercial Street Garage (1300 Commercial St)
* No charge after 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and on weekends
Floors 2-5: $70
Mezzanine (alley access): $95
Railroad Avenue Garage (1215 Railroad Ave)
* No charge between 6 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. Monday
Floor 2: $70
Street level: $95
Depot Market Lot/South Lot (1100 Railroad Ave)
* No charge between 6 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. Monday
Please note that this lot may be closed during events, including the Saturday Farmers Market when in session.
$65
Central Avenue Lot (West of Prospect St)
* No charge between 6 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. Monday
$65
North Railroad Lot (1500 block Railroad Ave)
* No charge between 6 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. Monday
$45

Rates for on-street permit parking:

LocationMonthly Rate
North Railroad Lot (1500 block Railroad Ave)
* No charge between 6 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. Monday
$45

Fairhaven Permit Locations and Rates

Map of Fairhaven with red lines along the blocks between approximately 8th Street, Mckenzie Ave, Finnegan Way, and 13th Street. One permit parking area on McKenzie Ave.
Click on the map to open a PDF version.

Rates for on-street permit parking:

LocationMonthly Rate
McKenzie Avenue Lot (1000 block McKenzie Ave)
* No charge between 6 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. Monday
$65

Apply for a New Parking Permit

​Learn more about parking permits.

Pay For Existing Parking Permit Fee

  • Via the Online Customer Portal.
  • In person at the Finance Office in City Hall.
  • Mail a check; please reference your customer number.

Update Current Parking Permit

Make permanent or temporary changes to your vehicle or contact information​:

  • Via the Online Customer Portal
  • If you do not have customer portal access, email parksmart@cob.org with your name, permit or customer number if known, the vehicle license plate number, and vehicle description. Please let us know whether this is a permanent or temporary vehicle change. If temporary, include how long you will be parking this vehicle. We will update your permit record in the parking system so the vehicle will register as being permitted.​
  • In person at City Hall.

Residential Parking Permits

A residential parking zone has been established for certain streets within Bellingham city limits. To find out if your street is included in any of the zones, review the residential parking zone section​ ​of the Municipal Code for a list of the streets and rules governing the residential parking zones within the City. Residential Parking Permits are provided at no cost to residents within the parking zones.

Commercial Parking Permits​

The City of Bellingham offers Commercial Parking Permits (formerly “Mechanics Vehicle Permits”). This allows in-home healthcare providers, contractors, and other tradespeople who frequently work downtown or Fairhaven to park without paying meter or pay station fees while performing work. 

  • Cost: $250 per year per permit. Rate covers January through December and is not prorated. Can submit one application for multiple permits.
  • Permit can be shared by vehicles with the same company signage. Signage is to be permanent.
  • Virtual permits are used, meaning hangtags are not needed. Vehicle license plates are scanned to confirm permits.
  • Terms of use are on the permit application.
  • Purchase a permit from Parking Services in the Finance Department at City Hall, 210 Lottie St., in person or by mailing a completed application and check payable to the:
    • City of Bellingham
      Finance Department
      210 Lottie Street
      Bellingham, WA 98225

Low-Income Discount Permit Parking

The City of Bellingham offers an 80% reduction for full-time residents of subsidized low-income housing located within a parking management zone that is eligible for the utility discount established in BMC 15.04.070(C), subject to a limit of one discounted permit per household per permit period.

Questions? 

Contact City of Bellingham Parking Services at (360) 778-7780 or parksmart@cob.org. We are located in the Finance Office of City Hall at 210 Lottie Street. 

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