Critical parking permit application

You can apply for critical parking permits online, in person or by mail. Only residents and businesses in critical parking areas can apply.

Follow the rules when applying

A false application may get your permit revoked. You could also get fined. This rule is under Section 1.30 of the Minneapolis City Code. "Every person convicted of a violation of a provision of the traffic code, which regulates the standing or parking of vehicles, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100."

Before you begin

Proof of residency required

You'll need documents to show proof of residency.

Documents you'll need

  • A valid government-issued ID. This is required.

If the address on this ID matches the one on the critical parking application, it's the only form of proof you need. If the address on your ID does not match, you need one more form of proof.

Other document options

  • A signed lease
  • Utility bill (dated within 30 days)
  • Credit card bill (dated within 30 days)
  • Insurance statement

These work as long as the resident's name and address matches the name and address on the critical parking area application.

How to apply for critical parking permits

If you cannot access the site

You can apply and pay in person or by mail.

If you can access the site but need to pay with cash or check

We encourage you to apply on the site, then pay in person or by mail.  

Apply online

You'll need

  • Your vehicle information (make, model and year)
  • Your license plate number
  • Proof of residency document(s)

Follow these steps

  1. Create an account on the critical parking permitting site.
  2. Enter your address to verify it's an eligible address.
    • You'll be able to continue only if your address is in a critical parking area.
  3. Select the permits you want and enter your vehicle information.
  4. Upload the required documents.
  5. Pay and wait to hear of application approval.

Apply for critical parking permits online

Apply in person

Before you arrive

We suggest printing and filling out the critical parking area permit application.

Location and hours

Visit us at:

ABM Parking
33 Ninth St. N. – Lower Level
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Service desk hours
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Accepted forms of payment

We except cash, checks and money orders. Make your check or money order payable to Minneapolis Critical Parking.

Parking options

Paid parking is available:

  • at on-street parking meters along 1st Ave.
  • in the Hawthorne Transportation Center parking ramp.

Apply by mail

To apply or pay for your permit by mail:

  1. Print and fill out the critical parking area permit application. 
  2. Include copies of your required documents along with a check or money order.

Mail to

Attention: Minneapolis Critical Parking 

See Parking services address


Contact us

Parking Services

Public Works




33 Ninth St. N.
Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Office hours

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Direct Permit Assistance




Office hours

Available 24 hours, every day

365 days a year