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Critical Parking Permits

Residents and business owners who live in an area where there is not ample street parking can apply for critical parking permits. This page describes who is eligible, how much it costs, and answer frequently asked questions.  Visit the About the Program page if you are interested in ordinance information.

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.  Check the interactive Critical Parking Area Map to verify that you live in, or your business is in, a designated area. Please note: Visitor and service permits are allowed in most areas with the exception of Areas 7, 9, 10 and the schools and fraternities.

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Number of Permits Allowed 

Critical Parking Permits: 2 per licensed driver
Visitor Permit: 1 per dwelling unit
Service Permit: 1 per dwelling unit

Critical parking permits: 2 per business - visitor or service is not designated

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 on the last day of that area's designated expiration month. 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 the interactive Critical Parking Area Map.

Please note: 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.

Please note: A snow emergency and fall or spring street sweeping overrides the use of parking meters.

Where should I place my critical parking permit sticker?

It is important to place your sticker is the correct place on your vehicle to avoid receiving a ticket.  Visit the Where to Place Permits page for details.

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.  Critical parking permits are available for motorcycles.

Please note: You are still subject to rush hour restrictions, temporary no parking signs, street sweeping restrictions, and snow emergency restrictions.

Last updated Jan 12, 2018



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