Parking in Your Neighborhood

Parking Hotline: (360) 487-8653

The City of Vancouver Parking Program is committed to working with the community to address all parking issues. We have set up a Parking Complaint Hotline for you and your neighbors to leave us a recorded message about specific parking concerns. Your concerns will be assigned, tracked, logged and responded to quickly and efficiently.

When calling the hotline, leave a detailed description of the parking issue including:

  • The exact location of the parking issue.
  • The usual time of day you notice the parking problem.
  • A description of the vehicle, including the license plate information.
Parking Rules
  • Driveway access - Park at least 5 ft from the end of the curb cut radius. Do not block driveway or block access to and from a driveway. Fine $30. RCW 46.61.570(1)(b)(i).
  • Crosswalks - Park at least 20 ft. from a crosswalk, marked or unmarked. Fine $30. RCW 46.41.570(1)(b)(iii).
  • No Parking Signs - Do not park in an area with a ‘No Parking’ sign. These areas are zoned for your safety and for the safety of pedestrians and other drivers. Fine $30. RCW 46.61.570(1)(c)(ii).
  • Stop Signs - Do not park within 30' of a stop sign.  Fine $30. RCW 46.61.570(1)(b).
  • Parallel parking - Do not park facing traffic, park with the flow of traffic. Fine $25. RCW 46.61.575(1)(2).
  • Do not obstruct traffic by parking in a bicycle lane, an alley or in any lane of traffic.
  • Sidewalk or Planting Strip - Do not block or park on a sidewalk or planting strip. Fine $30. RCW 46.61.570(1)(a)(ii).
  • Fire Hydrant - Do not park within 15 ft of a fire hydrant.  Fine $30. RCW 46.61.570(1)(b)(ii).
  • Do not park a vehicle ‘for sale’ on the street.
  • Do not repair a vehicle on the street unless it is an emergency.
  • Intersections - Do not park within an intersection. Fine $30. RCW 46.61.570(1)(a)(iii).

To report parking violations:
Call the Parking Complaint Hotline at (360) 487-8653 or electronically submit a complaint using the complaint form above. When submitting a complaint electronically, please limit the complaint to one vehicle per form. A message can be left for the officer at any time. For emergencies after 5 pm weekdays and all weekends, call 911.

To verify that you are in the city limits of Vancouver, Clark County GIS Property Information Center

Recreational Vehicle Parking
  • Recreational vehicles may only be parked on a city street, in a residential area, for a reasonable amount of time for the purpose of loading and unloading only.
  • Permits are free and are available from Code Compliance by downloading this Recreational Vehicle Parking application and returning the completed form to:
    City of Vancouver
    P.O. Box 1995
    Vancouver, WA 98668

Camping in any vehicle parked on the street is not allowed except by permit. (VMC 8.22). To report RV parking without a permit call the parking complaint hotline at (360) 487-8653.

To report a person/persons living in a vehicle on a city street: Call 911.
Misdemeanor – (VMC 8.22.060).

Trailer and Truck Parking
  • Trailer coaches, semi-trailers, boat trailers, utility trailers and motor homes cannot park on residential streets in areas zoned residential. (VMC 19.12.080)
  • Trucks with a gross weight capacity in excess of nine thousand pounds cannot park on residential streets in areas zoned residential.

To report improper truck and/or trailer parking: Call the Parking Complaint Hotline at (360) 487-8653. For emergencies after 5 pm weekdays and all weekends, call 911.

Unauthorized Vehicles

Vehicles that have been parked in the same place without being moved for extended periods of time (24 hours or longer) may be considered unauthorized. (Please note that the 24-hour countdown starts once City of Vancouver Parking Services has officially marked the vehicle).

To report an unauthorized vehicle: Call the Parking Services Hotline at (360) 487-8653.

Fire Department Emergency Requirements

Fire Lanes

  • The required width of a fire department access road cannot be obstructed in any manner, including parking of vehicles (even temporary). International Fire Code 503.4.
  • Fire department access roads (fire lanes) shall be identified by a curb and/or a street sign marked with red paint and white lettering stating “Fire Lane - No Parking.” International Fire Code 503.3.

Fire Protection Equipment and Fire Hydrants

  • Fire hydrants and fire protection equipment shall not be obstructed in any manner including parking of vehicles (even temporary). Provide a minimum of (3) three feet clear space around the circumference of fire hydrants.( RCW 46.61.570Tand WAC 132N-156-550).

To report a required fire department parking and/or access violation: Call the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 487-7260. Please visit for more information.