I wonder where one can park one's car for free for a few weeks (preferably >1 month) reasonably close to Seattle (SEA) airport. Let's say reasonably = less than 1h car ride.

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    As long as someone lives there you can park it for months in a row in Ballard :)
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 23:55
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    It was tongue in cheek. There’s a huge homeless RV park there that’s been annoying residents for years
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Sep 21, 2021 at 0:58
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    Why not just leave the car at home? Commented Sep 21, 2021 at 9:34
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    You will not be the first person to try and abuse local parking laws in order to ignore doing the RightThing™, and my gut feeling is that the closer you get to the airport, the more restrictive the laws will be in order to funnel you to the CorrectLocation™. In addition, if you do find a less restrictive location you will open yourself up to having your car reported abandoned (and potentially towed) by those who actually live there and are aware of their neighbors cars - that will likely be more expensive that the parking fees.
    – Peter M
    Commented Sep 21, 2021 at 12:26
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    @FranckDernoncourt A non-resident treating residential parking as long term storage is abuse
    – Peter M
    Commented Sep 21, 2021 at 13:55

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Seattle's City's Traffic Code does not allow a vehicle to be parked on a city street for longer than 72 hours. Link to the legal text: Municipal code 11.72.440 "Parking Enforcement; Seventy-two (72) hours."-> one can park up to 72 hours unless posted otherwise.

Perhaps some jurisdiction nearby is more lenient but I'm not aware of it.

Note that the actual enforcement of the 72 hours in Seattle may vary according to the location and neighborhood climate (eg I parked a few hours at night in a public parking spot in West Seattle and the individual living near the parking spot complained: the car would have likely being towed after 72 hours or maybe even before). There's even a dedicated phone line for the Seattle Police 72-Hour Parking Limit/Abandoned Vehicles, (206) 684-8763.

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