Critical parking permits, including visitor and service permits, are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Additional temporary visitor and service permits are valid for one to 30 days.
Critical parking permits
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How critical parking permits work
You can apply for a critical parking permit if you
- Have a driver's license
- Live in the critical parking area
- Have a business in the critical parking area
When and where you can use permits
- On the streets
- During the times listed on signs
- In the relevant critical parking area
You can use the permit for motorcycles, but it's illegal to use them for
- Commercial vehicles
- Taxis or cabs
- Recreational vehicles
You must still follow
Visitor and service permits
Visitor and service permit restrictions
If you live in a critical parking area, you can buy permits for visitors or service personnel except in areas 7,9 and 10. You also cannot purchase permits in areas with schools and fraternities.
Residents are limited to 1 visitor permit and 1 service permit, but qualified residents can also purchase temporary permits for anywhere from one to 30 days. Different critical parking areas have different rules, so check with Parking Services to see what's available in your area.
Businesses may not buy visitor or service permits.
Visitor and service permit rules
- Permits must be assigned to a specific vehicle. To use a permit for a different vehicle, update the information by:
- You may not resell permits.
- You cannot use visitor or service permits for your or another resident's vehicle.
- Visitor and service permits are optional, but vehicles without permits must follow posted parking restrictions.
You can buy visitor and service permits even if you don’t buy a permit for yourself
People often have off-street parking for themselves but need street parking for guests.
Permit fees and quantities
|Permit Type||Fee||Valid For|
|New or renewal||$25||1 calendar year|
|Visitor||$10||1 calendar year|
|Service||$10||1 calendar year|
|Temporary (2-30 days)||$5||2 to 30 days|
|Temporary (1 day)||$2||1 day|
An additional $10 setup fee applies during the first year of a critical parking area.
To buy any of these permits, visit the critical parking permitting site
The site accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. For information on paying by cash or check, please see the critical parking permit application.
Number of permits allowed
- Critical parking permits: 2 per licensed resident or business owner
- Visitor permit: 1 per residence
- Service permit: 1 per residence
Critical parking area designation
We'll consider establishing a critical parking area if
The area has high traffic with regular visitors to businesses and facilities
There's not enough street parking near residents' homes
There's a lot of vehicle noise, pollution and congestion
The designation would improve resident safety and well-being and create a more attractive, livable neighborhood
For more information, see Minneapolis Ordinance (Title 18, Chapter 478)
Frequently asked questions
Permits are valid only on the streets and during the times indicated by signs in the critical parking area. Find your area on the critical parking area map and look for the streets with bold lines.
- A permit does not guarantee or reserve a parking space for you.
- You still have to follow City parking ordinances and restrictions, including for snow emergencies and street sweeping.
Your license plate now serves as your permit. Residents no longer need to place an orange sticker on their bumper. Visitors no longer need to use dashboard placards.
You can transfer your permit to the temporary vehicle on the critical parking permitting site. Simply enter the temporary vehicle's information, including the license plate number.
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