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HOW DO I GET A PERMIT?

In order to obtain a permit you must meet all of the requirements for participation within an established RPZ. Permits are issued electronically through registration of your vehicle's license number. Rather than displaying a physical permit, a “virtual permit” will be associated with license plates on the customer account. For information on requirements and how to get started please check out Residential Permits.

CAN I GET A PERMIT IF I AM RENTING IN AN RPZ ZONE?

Yes, if you a renter who's residence is within a Residential Parking Zone and you meet the permit requirements, you are eligible for a permit. Please check out Residential Permits for more information on eligibility, prices and purchasing.

HOW WILL THE CITY ENFORCE THE RESIDENTIAL PARKING PROGRAM REGULATIONS?

Vehicles with no permits registered for the designated hours of restricted parking will be ticketed for a parking violation by code enforcement staff.

IF I HAVE A PERMIT, DOES IT MEAN I CAN'T GET A TICKET?

Your permit allows you to park in the appropriate Residential Parking Zone without violation, but it does not excuse you from receiving a citation for violation of other traffic regulation.

IF I HAVE OFF-STREET PARKING, DO I NEED A PERMIT?

No one is required to purchase a permit. Participation in the program is voluntary. However, if you choose not to participate you must obey the posted time limits in the area if you wish to park in the RPZ and not receive a parking citation.

HOW DO I DETERMINE WHAT MY ZONE RESIDENCE IS IN AND WHETHER MY NEIGHBORHOOD IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN RESIDENTIAL PARKING ZONE?

To determine the eligibility of your residence please check out our Locator Map. The interactive map will inform you of your eligibility status and provide you resources for next steps.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PERMITS AND WHAT IS THE COST OF EACH TYPE?

Residential Parking Permits and guest passes are the only permits associated with this program. Residential permits for the first two vehicles are $60 per vehicle per year. For each additional permit after the second, the price increases by $60. ​There is no limit on permits issued per residence, One (1) permit per vehicle. 10 guest passes are issued with each annual permit. Additional guest passes may be purchased for $1.00 for each pass (minimum of 10 purchased at a time).

WHAT IS A LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION SYSTEM?

License Plate Recognition is a system of cameras and accompanying software, which are placed in Parking Department vehicles to scan license plates. When a scanned license plate number is not associated with a valid permit or is not being used correctly, enforcement is prompted to investigate further and potentially issue a citation.

I AM A LANDLORD AND HAVE A CONTRACTOR DOING WORK THAT MAY TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS. DO I NEED TO PURCHASE GUEST PERMITS EVERY DAY?

Guest permits may be purchased for periods up to 24 hour period.  Extended use of the street would require an occupancy permit from the City.

WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO PARK IN MY OWN NEIGHBORHOOD? SHOULDN'T MY TAXES COVER THAT?

The street is a right of way for any vehicle and is not private property. The Residential Parking Zone is created at the request of the neighborhood and is not funded with taxes. The fee covers costs for administration, signage, and parking enforcement.

I HAVE A DISABILITY PLACARD. DO I NEED A RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT TO PARK IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD'S RESIDENTIAL PARKING ZONE?

 A permit is required for on‐street parking even if the resident is in possession of a handicap sticker or tag.

I HAVE AN UNPAID PARKING TICKET. CAN I STILL GET A PERMIT?

No, permits cannot be issued if the applicant has an outstanding parking ticket.

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH TRAFFIC?

​There are many causes for parking issues. For example, organizations and institutions may be considered “traffic generators” as the demand for employee parking intrudes on resident access to on‐street parking during peak hours. Other causes may be lack of parking because older residential developments were built when residents didn’t own personal vehicles.  Even newer homes often lack adequate parking space for the number of cars residents own, and garages are sometimes used for storage rather than parking.

WHY CAN'T I JUST PARK IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE?

​​On‐street parking is difficult even under the best conditions.  Even though it may be convenient to park in front of your house, public streets are intended for general public use and are not considered personal property, so the space in front of your house cannot be claimed as yours.  No solution is perfect, but permit parking has proved to be an effective tool for making parking a priority for residents.

CAN EXISTING RPZ PARTICIPANTS BE GRANDFATHERED INTO THE NEW RESIDENTIAL PARKING PROGRAM?

If existing RPZ participants wish to continue participation with the new program they must reapply their zone under the program's new requirements. No credit of fees, labor or letters of support will be transferred to the program's application process.
Upon the adoption date of October 18, 2016 all existing RPZs will be maintained up to two years before sun setting on all non qualifying zones. RPZs that do not conform to the new standards will dissolve after the two year transition period. 

 

 

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