The City of Olympia manages on-street parking and several downtown parking lots. Short-term parking is prioritized for on-street parking in core retail areas, so these spaces are primarily available to downtown business customers.
Long-term parking is provided on streets near the edges of downtown, as well as public and private parking lots, to serve employees and visitors. Residents in older buildings without internal parking may obtain permits to park on-street or in City-owned parking lots. Parking for residents has typically been provided within new residential developments, though it is not currently required.
The City enforces parking rules on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Private parking lots generally enforce their rules throughout the week.
The City is updating its Parking Strategy in 2018. The update will address all aspects of parking in the downtown and other areas of the City.
In 2018, the City began transitioning to a new parking management software system, which was expected to provide data. Visual counts were therefore not conducted in 2018. However, the software did not perform as expected, so data is not available for 2018. Visual counts will resume in 2019.