What is the purpose of the Residential Permit Parking program?

The program is designed to improve parking availability for neighborhood residents.

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How does the program work?

An eligible vehicle owner can purchase a permit which allows unrestricted parking on blocks with time limits signs and free parking at meters. The permit is only applicable in the district specified on the sticker and only on blocks posted with permit parking signs.
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Who is eligible for a parking permit?

Permits can be issued for a vehicle whose owner and principal driver resides within an existing district as designated by City Council. The vehicle must display a valid Pennsylvania license plate and be registered to the owner’s home address in that district.

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Are there any exceptions to the eligibility requirements?

Yes. You can obtain a permit for a leased company car or company car if you demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Parking Authority, that you are a resident, that you are the principal operator of the vehicle and that the vehicle is a company car. Please call 215-683-9730 for more information regarding what is acceptable documentation.

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What do I do if I have outstanding parking violation fines?

If you have three or more outstanding parking tickets, you will not be eligible to puchase a parking permit. You must first make payment at:

Parking Violations Branch
913 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM weekdays
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Saturday

You can also make payments by clicking here.

You may schedule a hearing to contest your tickets by calling the Parking Violations Branch at 888-591-3636.
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Is there provision for my guests who come by car?

Your guests may park for the duration of the posted time limit. For longer stays, you can obtain a temporary parking permit.

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Does the permit exempt the holder from other parking regulations?

No, permit holders must continue to obey all other parking regulations, including safety regulations such as parking too close to a hydrant or a corner. Permit holders may also be ticketed for ignoring time limit signs on blocks in your district that do not have permit parking signs.

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Which blocks are posted for residential permit parking?

Blocks that are primarily residential. According to City Ordinance 547-A, permit parking cannot be posted on a block when actual commercial and/or institutional use of property on the ground floor level of that block exceeds fifty percent.

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Who issues the residential parking permit?

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is responsible for permit issuance and is located at 35 North 8th Street, Philadelphia PA 19106. Application for the annual permit may be made through the mail.

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How is the permit program enforced?

Parking Enforcement Officers make the rounds of the permit district to enforce the posted time limit. When a vehicle without a permit is parked overtime, it is ticketed. Vehicles with permits will be ticketed if the numbers punched on the permit do not match the first and last digits of the license plate number. Permitted vehicles will also be ticketed if the month and year punched indicate that the permit has expired.

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