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Residential Parking Permits (Updated 09/01/2004)


"Hotline" @ 267-1104 Purpose of Program

The purpose of the residential parking permit program is to prevent commuter parking on residential streets. People who live in a residential parking permit program area may purchase permits from the Madison Parking Division Office. These permits allow residents of that area to exceed the posted one or two hour parking limit on the street. Several permit parking areas in the Central Business District are very crowded due to a large number of vehicle owners living in the area and there being only a few streets suitable for residential parking. Therefore, the permits allow residents of an area to park for longer than one or two hours when they find a space. However, a Residential Parking Permit does NOT guarantee you a parking place. It allows you the right to park IF you find a parking space.There are several areas where more permits are sold than there are available on-street parking spaces: 1,2,3,4,5, and 9. see overview map

We suggest that residents of these areas seek alternatives to on-street parking for their vehicles.To Apply for a Residential Parking Permit:

1. You must live in an area shown on the Residential Parking Permit Boundaries map (some addresses may not be eligible). The map can be obtained from the Parking Division - see item #6 for contact information.

2. If the vehicle for which you are requesting a permit is owned by you, it must be properly registered to your permanent home address. To change your registration to your permanent address, fill out Post Office Change of Address Form #PS3575 (available at any US Post Office) or call the Wisconsin Department of Transportation at (608)266-2353.

3. Any outstanding parking tickets must be resolved before you apply for a residential parking permit. If you have questions about the status of parking tickets, call the Madison Police Department at 266-4170.

4. You must bring the following with you when you apply for a parking permit:

* Your vehicle registration form. If this is not possible, we may be able to access this information if you know your license plate number, but delays are likely or we may not be able to process your application.
* Your driver's license.
* Proof of where you are living such as a signed lease, utility bill or bank statement dated within the last thirty days as well as your name and current address (personal mail is not acceptable). Note: Between August 15 and Sept 15 a lease signed by the applicant and owner/rental agent is required as proof of residence.

5. The vehicle for which you are requesting a permit must be owned by you, your child, your parents, legal guardian, spouse or registered domestic partner, or be a leased or company vehicle which is assigned to you. If it is a company vehicle, a letter (on company letterhead) stating that you are the assigned driver of the vehicle is required.

6. Permits can be obtained from the Madison Parking Division, Madison Municipal Building, Suite 100, 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. All permit applicants are required to complete an "Application and Affidavit" form or a "Renewal Application/Affidavit" form.

7. The permit cost is $21.00 for the Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 period.For a complete listing of Madison Parking Policy, please click here.

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