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Residential Parking Permits

(also known as "Critical Parking Permits")

Who is eligible for a Critical Parking Permit?

Licensed drivers who live at or have businesses at qualified addresses within a Critical Parking Area are eligible for permits.


Number of Permits Allowed:


Critical Parking




2 Per Licensed Driver

1 Per Dwelling Unit

1 Per Dwelling Unit


2 Per Business
Their choice (e.g. one regular and one visitor,
one regular and one service, two regular, etc.)



Visitor and service permits are allowed in most areas with the exception of Areas 7, 9, 10 and the schools and fraternities.

Check Critical Parking Area Maps to verify that you live in, or your business is in, a designated area.

How much do Critical Parking Permits cost?

Critical Parking Permits are $25.00. (An additional $10.00 setup fee applies the first year an area is established.)

How long are permits good for?

Critical Parking Permits are good for up to one year. All permits for a particular area expire at the same time. If you purchase a permit in August--and your area’s permits expire in January--you will need to renew your permit in January.

The following pro-rated fee schedule applies to Critical Parking Permits:

Where can I park with my Critical Parking Permit?

Any permit issued is only valid during times posted on signs within the specified area for which it was issued. Eligible streets are marked with an "Except by Permit" sign. For a complete view of your area, see streets with bold lines on Critical Parking Area Maps.

A permit does not guarantee or reserve a parking space to the holder. The permit holder is still subject to all other city parking ordinances and restrictions in place upon any street within the city limits and the Critical Parking Area.

What if I have frequent visitors? Or service vehicles that need to park near my business?

See Visitor and Service Vehicle Permits.

What if I have a permit and sell my car?

Permits are not transferable to another person or vehicle. If you sell your vehicle, a duplicate sticker can be purchased for $25.00.

What if I temporarily need to use a different vehicle?

If you need to park a vehicle other than the one you have permitted--for example, you have a rental car while your car is in the shop--you may purchase a temporary permit. The cost is $2.00 for 1 day, or $5.00 for up to 30 days. Temporary permits must be purchased in person at the Minneapolis Development Review permit counter, Room 300, 250 South 4th Street.

Are there restrictions on what vehicles can use a Critical Parking Permit?

It is illegal to use Critical Parking Permits for commercial vehicles, trailers, taxis cabs, buses, or recreational vehicles.

Last updated May 2, 2017



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