Critical parking permits details
Using your permit
Your license plate number is your permit
It's very important to make sure your permits have the current license plate numbers, including the state, of your permitted vehicles.
In the past, you needed to place an orange sticker on your bumper. Visitors had to use dashboard placards. The license plate number now serves as the permit.
When you get a new car
It's easy to transfer a permit on the critical parking permitting site.
- Log in
- Enter the new vehicle information
- Be sure to include the license plate number
Temporary license plates
If your plates are temporary, you can use the temporary plate number issued by the dealership. Be sure to update the plate information when the permanent plates arrive.
Using a different vehicle temporarily
You can transfer your permit to the temporary vehicle on the critical parking permitting site.
- Enter the temporary vehicle's information, including the license plate number.
- Assign that new vehicle to the desired permit.
When and where you can use permits
When you can use permits
You can use your permit during the times listed on signs in the critical parking area.
Note: A permit does not guarantee or reserve a parking space for you.
Where you can use permits
- On streets with permit parking signs; and
- In a critical parking area for which you have a permit
Find your area on the critical parking area map and look for the streets with bold lines.
Vehicles you can and cannot use
You can use critical parking permits for:
- Motor vehicles
You cannot use critical parking permits for:
- Commercial vehicles
- Taxis or cabs
- Recreational vehicles
It's illegal to use the permit for these vehicles.
Permit fees and when they expire
|New or renewal
|1 calendar year
|1 calendar year
|Temporary (2-30 days)
|2 to 30 days
|Temporary (1 day)
An extra $10 setup fee applies during the first year of a critical parking area.
Amount of permits you can buy
|Amount you can buy each year
|2 per licensed resident
|2 per residence
|Temporary (1 - 30 day)
|50 per licensed resident
Businesses are limited to 2 critical parking permits, per unique address, within each critical parking area. Businesses cannot use visitor permits.
Extra permit limits
Some critical parking areas have extra limitations. Check with Parking Services to see what's available in your area.
Manage your critical parking permit
Direct Permit Assistance
Available 24 hours, every day
365 days a year
Address33 Ninth St. N.Room 100Minneapolis, MN 55403
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday