FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the Residential Permit Parking Program?
The Residential Permit Parking Program is a pilot program that allows overnight parking on selected residential streets in Providence. Allowing overnight parking is an important step toward a greener city and Providence is one of a number of cities nationwide that allow overnight residential parking.
Q: How does the program work?
If you live in Providence and have valid vehicle registration, you are eligible to participate. Successful applicants will receive a window sticker that must be applied to the upper left-hand corner of the rear window (driver’s side). Once the permit sticker is applied, you may leave your vehicle overnight on a street designated for such use by signs reading, “NO PARKING 2 AM – 5 AM EXCEPT BY RESIDENT PERMIT.”
Permit-holders are required to obey existing signs and regulations. If a parking ban (such as a snow emergency) is declared, you must remove your car from the street for the duration of the ban.
Q: What is the cost?
The cost of a permit is $100 per car for cars registered in Providence and $200 per car for cars registered outside of Providence. Any unpaid City of Providence parking tickets issued on the vehicle registration must be paid in order to obtain a parking permit.
Residents with an overnight parking pass can also purchase guest passes. Guest passes cost $25 per year and enable visitors to park on the street five nights per month.
Q: How many cars may be registered for overnight parking?
Up to two per household. Separate applications for each vehicle are required. The applications may be submitted at the same time, but the permits will be issued for the individual vehicles, not for the owner.
Q: If my spouse has a vehicle and I have a vehicle, do each of us have to apply for a permit for each individual vehicle?
Yes, permits will be issued for the individual vehicles, not for the owner. Each vehicle requires an individual permit.
Q: I have two roommates, both of whom have resident permits. Am I eligible to receive a permit too?
No, only two permits per household may be issued. Arrangements must be made within households to allocate the resident permits available.
Q: I have a guest coming to visit. Are they able to park on the street overnight?
If you are a permit holder, you may obtain a guest pass for an additional cost of $25.00. The pass is good for one year and may be used up to five times per month.
Q: How do I apply?
Bring your vehicle registration (original, no photocopies) and proof of residency when applying for your permit. Acceptable forms of proof include a drivers license, mortgage, rental agreement and utility bill. Permits may be purchased at the following locations:
- Traffic Engineering (700 Allens Ave), Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. During the months of July and August the hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This location accepts the following payment methods: money orders, checks and credit cards.
- Municipal Court at the Public Safety Complex (325 Washington Street), Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the months of July and August the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This location accepts the following payment methods: money orders, cash and credit cards.
Q: Must I come in person?
Someone else may complete a permit application for you; however, each permit is valid only for the registration presented. Remember, only two are allowed per household.
Q: How do I renew my parking permit?
For overnight parking permit renewals, come to Traffic Engineering or the Municipal Court at the Public Safety Complex during normal business hours. You can also renew your overnight parking permit by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment to Traffic Engineering, 700 Allens Ave, Providence, RI 02905.
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