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Capitol Campus Parking Rates

Enterprise Services maintains more than 6,000 parking stalls located in 28 locations, providing employee, visitor and vendor/service access. Parking stalls range from agency assigned reserved stalls, general access for state employees who pay to park in a campus lot, and visitor-only metered stalls. The parking system is a mix of garages, surface parking lots and on-street parking.

In July 2017, DES is planning to increase parking fees to meet the cost demands of parking on the Capitol Campus. Fees are set at a level needed to meet the financial requirements of the State Capitol Campus to pay our operating and capital expenses. As these costs increase, we must make adjustments to meet these financial requirements. A portion also goes to the Department of Transportation for the state agency Commute Trip Reduction program, which provides the STAR Pass and emergency-ride home program. Per WAC 200-200-290, Enterprise Services is providing a 60-day notice to state employees, beginning March 20, including a 30-day comment period beginning May 15. 

The Capitol Campus parking fund is currently operating at a deficit. Rates have not been increased in nearly 10 years. By increasing the rates, Enterprise Services will manage the parking line of business on a cost recovery basis, as required by the Office of Financial Management (OFM) State Administrative & Accounting Manual (SAAM), section 80.20.35b. Parking fees pay for the operation and maintenance of garages and lots, and contribute to some, but not all, capital projects. 

Updates and information about parking fees will be posted to this webpage. Please check back, for more information.

Informational Meetings

Enterprise Services' next public informational meeting on parking rate increases is May 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the OB2 Auditorium. The OB2 Auditorium is located on the East Campus across Capitol Way from the Legislative Building. The address is 115 Washington St. SE and the auditorium is on the lower level of the building.

The meeting  includes: 

  • A 20-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session
  • Additional time to speak one-on-one with DES staff 
  • Parkers can also submit written comments during this time.

2017 Parking Rate Increase presentation

Comment period

In addition to a 60-day notice posted on March 20, a 30-day comment period begins May 15. Comments can be submitted at any time of the day or week. 

Submit comments

Contact DES at (360) 407-8450 or email us at

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