We've passed the halfway mark of the 2018 Legislative Session and the campus is bustling. While parking spots are available, finding one close to where you want to be can be a challenge. Actions such as an increase in employee general (zoned) parking stalls and visitor parking in the Plaza Garage -- as well as increased parking enforcement -- have made finding available parking less of a challenge this session. And there's more. Here are some additional updates about campus parking:
As of Jan. 1, 2018, the Department of Enterprise Services has introduced a consolidated parking policy for the Capitol Campus. The policy should be more useful and features:
The policy also transitions assigned ADA parking to first-come, first-served to make ADA parking more available. Based on agency and employee feedback, this portion of the policy is being introduced through a phased timeline approach to provide more time for agencies and employees to adjust to the change. Until March 31, employees with an ADA placard will continue parking in their original parking assignment. Any employee who does not have an ADA placard, but has an accommodation need, must engage their HR department to complete the interactive reasonable accommodation process as soon as possible.
If you are an employee who parks on the Capitol Campus and you can't find a spot in your assigned lot, the Plaza Garage has overflow parking available on levels E and F.
Enforcing parking compliance increases the chances of registered parkers with a valid parking permit of finding a parking space. Traffic infractions issued on the Capitol Campus are subject to the jurisdiction of Thurston County District Court and all revenue from fines goes to them. Traffic violations are ticketed by the Washington State Patrol. Here are some tips to avoid receiving a parking citation:
Proper parking etiquette improves the parking experience for everyone.
The Office of Parking Services has moved to a more central location on the Capitol Campus. The new location is at 1110 Capitol Way S., Room 210. The new office is easily accessible on foot and there are a limited number of free 30-minute visitor stalls available in the Capital Court parking lot and in the Natural Resources Building garage off Washington Ave. Paid parking is also available on the North Diagonal off Capitol Way and Natural Resources Building garage.
What does the Office of Parking Services offer?
From day passes for car or vanpoolers who had to drive their personal vehicle for the day, to monthly passes for contractors working on Campus, the Office of Parking Services can help meet your parking needs. Services include: