Chapter 10.20

10.20.000    Chapter Contents


10.20.010    One-way streets and alleys.

10.20.020    Emerging from alley or driveway.

10.20.030    Parking meter operation and revenue control.

10.20.040    Curb-loading zone designation, taxi zones and bus stops.

10.20.050    Safety belts -- State law adopted by reference.

10.20.060    Wearing of safety belts -- Penalty.

10.20.090    Civil Citation Authority -- Parking Services Field Representatives.

(Ord. 6882 §2, 2013; Ord. 6712 §2, 2010; Ord. 6540 §1, 2008, repealed Section 10.20.080).

10.20.010 One-way streets and alleys

Upon those streets and parts of streets and in those alleys described in Schedule I attached to Ordinance 2727, on file in the office of the city clerk-treasurer, vehicular traffic shall move only in the indicated direction when signs indicating the direction of traffic are erected and maintained at every intersection where movement in the opposite direction is prohibited, and a vehicle passing around a rotary traffic island shall be driven only to the right of such island.

(Ord. 6882 §2, 2013; Ord. 2727 §42, 1951).

10.20.020 Emerging from alley or driveway

No vehicle shall back into or out of an alley, except when same is obstructed.

No driver shall enter any street at any point other than a street intersection at a rate of speed exceeding five miles per hour, nor operate a vehicle in excess of fifteen miles per hour in any alley.

(Ord. 6882 §2, 2013; Ord. 3985 §2, 1976; Ord. 2727 §43, 1951).

10.20.030 Parking meter operation and revenue control

The operation, maintenance and collections of parking meters and enforcement of ordinances relating thereto shall be under the jurisdiction of the City Manager or his or her designee.

(Ord. 6882 §2, 2013; Ord. 6712 §2, 2010; Ord. 5058 §17, 1989; Ord. 4482 §6, 1984; Ord. 3985 §4, 1976).

10.20.040 Curb-loading zone designation taxi zones and bus stops

The Community Planning and Development Director or his or her designee is authorized to determine the location of passenger and freight curb-loading zones including taxi zones, and shall place and maintain appropriate signs indicating the same and stating the hours during which the provisions of this section are applicable. A time limit of fifteen to thirty minutes shall be established in the said areas.

A.    No person or business shall be granted the right, use or franchise for vehicle parking or any portion of the surface area of any public highway to the exclusion of any other like person or business.

B.    Loading zones shall be used for the express purpose of loading/unloading passengers or merchandise, as indicated by posting of signs. Misuse shall result in the issuance of an infraction.

C.    Merchandise is defined as large/bulky items that are in excess of ten (10) pounds.

D.    Penalty for Violation. Any violation of this section shall constitute an infraction and result in a penalty of seventy-five and no/100 dollars ($75.00).

(Ord. 6882 §2, 2013; Ord. 6458 §8, 2007; Ord. 6297 §12, 2003; Ord. 5838 §14, 1998; Ord. 5058 §18, 1989; Ord. 2727 §94, 1951).

10.20.050 Safety belts -- State law adopted by reference

RCW 46.61.688, adopted as Chapter 152, Section 1, Laws of 1986, is adopted by reference as though fully set forth herein.

(Ord. 6882 §2, 2013; Ord. 4755 §1(part), 1987).

10.20.060 Wearing of safety belts -- Penalty

Any violation of RCW 46.61.688, as incorporated by reference above, shall constitute a traffic infraction, governed by the provisions of RCW Chapter 46.63 and Chapter 10.24 of this code.

(Ord. 6882 §2, 2013; Ord. 4755 §1(part), 1987).

10.20.090 Civil citation authority -- Parking Services Field Representatives

City of Olympia Parking Services Field Representatives may issue civil citations for violation of the following:

OMC Section 10.16.020

Parking prohibited at all times on certain streets-Penalty for violation

OMC Section 10.16.030

Recreational vehicle parking on city streets over 24 hours or between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. prohibited without permit – Penalty for violation

OMC Section 10.16.055

Residential Parking Program Established

OMC Section 10.16.060

Parking adjacent to schools

OMC Section 10.16.070

Free parking areas

OMC Section 10.16.080

Free parking limits-Penalty for violation

OMC Section 10.16.100

Overtime parking prohibited in metered areas -- Penalty for Violation

OMC Section 10.16.110

Parking of motorcycles, motor-driven cycles and mopeds within metered parking spaces

OMC Section 10.16.120

Tampering with parking enforcement process is a violation

OMC Section 10.16.130

Parking meters-Methods of fee payment: coins, prepaid cards, credit/debit cards and permits

OMC Section 10.16.140

City parking lots-Regulations

OMC Section 10.16.210

Prohibited parking

OMC Section 10.16.220

General parking prohibitions

OMC Section 10.16.240


OMC Section 10.16.250

Vanpool-Parking limitation exemptions

OMC Section 10.16.260


OMC Chapter 10.18

Truck and Trailer Parking In Residential Areas

OMC Section 10.20.040

Curb-loading zone designation taxi zones and bus stops

RCW 46.16.381

Special parking for disabled persons -- Penalties -- Enforcement.

RCW 46.55.085

Law enforcement impound — Unauthorized vehicle in right-of-way

RCW 46.08.182

Electric vehicle charging stations – Signage – Penalty.

(Ord. 6882 §2, 2013; Ord. 6742 § 2, 2011; Ord. 6712 §3, 2010; Ord. 6325 §1, 2004).