Critical parking permits details

You can learn details about critical parking permits.

Critical parking permits details

This permit will give you more access to park where there's limited street parking.

Who can apply

You can apply for a critical parking permit if you

  • Live in the critical parking area
  • Have a business or rental property in the critical parking area

Check if your residence or business is eligible

See the critical parking area map

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. 

See the vehicles you can and cannot use

When you get a new car

It's easy to transfer a permit on the critical parking permitting site.

  1. Log in
  2. Enter the new vehicle information
  3. 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.

  1. Enter the temporary vehicle's information, including the license plate number.
  2. Assign that new vehicle to the desired permit.

Visit the critical parking permitting site

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. 

Critical parking area map

Follow parking and driving rules

You must still follow:

Vehicles you can and cannot use

You can use critical parking permits for:

  • Motor vehicles
  • Motorcycles

You cannot use critical parking permits for:

  • Commercial vehicles
  • Trailers
  • Taxis or cabs
  • Buses
  • Recreational vehicles

It's illegal to use the permit for these vehicles.

Permit fees and when they expire

Permit typeFeeValid for
New or renewal $25 1 calendar year
Visitor $10 1 calendar year
Temporary (2-30 days) $5 2 to 30 days
Temporary (1 day) $2 1 day

Other fees

An extra $10 setup fee applies during the first year of a critical parking area.

Buy critical parking permits

Amount of permits you can buy


Permit typeAmount you can buy each year
Critical parking 2 per licensed resident
Visitor 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.

Contact Parking Services

Manage your critical parking permit

You can buy, change or transfer a critical parking permit by logging into your account.

Contact us

Direct Permit Assistance




Office hours

Available 24 hours, every day

365 days a year

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