Parking Permits

​ Downtown Parking Permits

Parking permits are ideal for vehicle owners who need a place to routinely park in the downtown business district. Parking spots are available for much less than the daily meter rate. 

Apply for a new downtown parking permit:

For information on parking permits, click here: Parking Permits Information

Pay For Existing Parking Permit Fee

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 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 the city limits of Bellingham. 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 Mechanics Vehicle Permits.  This allows contractors and other tradespeople who frequently work downtown to park without paying meter or pay station fees while performing trade. 

  • 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 application at following link.
  • 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


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


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