NPP: A Solution for Boulder's Neighborhoods

Sharing the Streets:

In 1996, the City of Boulder adopted a new Transportation Master Plan (TMP) with the support of its citizens. One item addressed was the need to manage parking, and balance transportation demands, while preserving the quality of life in Boulder.

In this effort the city developed a number of options, among them was the use of the residential parking system. Residential parking permit programs have been used successfully in cities nationwide and are most often implemented in neighborhoods adjacent to major employment and activity centers.

Preserving the Character of our Neighborhoods:

The Neighborhood Parking Program (NPP) is designed to make Boulder neighborhoods safe and pleasant places to live, work and attend school by encouraging less driving and reducing on-street parking congestion. Each neighborhood in the program has public parking limits that are unique to that area and take into account the neighborhood’s particular needs.

NPP Zones & Public Parking Time Limits:

NPP ZoneTimeDayHour LImit
Columbine9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Monday - Friday2
East Aurora 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.Monday - Friday3
East Ridge9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Monday - Friday2
Fairview8 a.m. - 4 p.m.School Days2
Goss/Grove8 a.m. - 6 p.m.Monday - Friday2
High/Sunset8 a.m. - 6 p.m.Monday - Friday2
Mapleton8 a.m. - 6 p.m.Monday - Friday3
Park East Sq.9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Monday - Friday3
Uni Heights8 a.m. - 8 p.m.Monday - Saturday2
Uni Hill9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Monday - Friday2
West Pearl8 a.m. - 6 p.m.Monday - Friday3
Whittier8 a.m. - 8 p.m.Monday - Friday3
Whittier (Night)8 p.m. - 12 a.m.Friday and SaturdayPermit only


  • Completed application
  • City of Boulder Business License
  • Proof business is in a NPP zone: current lease or Boulder County Ownership Tax report
  • Colorado Unemployment Report
  • A list of full-time employees (40 hours) and their license plate numbers.

Fees & Payment Methods:

  • $75 per permit, per calendar year
  • Accepted payments: cash, check, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Checks payable to City of Boulder.
  • A $10 fee will be charged to replace any lost, damaged or stolen permits.

Permit Display:

  • The NPP Business Permit is a hangtag and must be hung from the rear-view mirror with the zone name facing out, while the vehicle is in the zone. For safety, please remove when driving.

NPP Renewal & Expiration Months:

NPP ZoneExpiration Month
University HeightsJanuary
East Aurora & Park East Sq.February
Columbine & Goss/GroveAugust
University HillSeptember
East Ridge & West PearlOctober
High/Sunset & WhittierOctober
Fairview & MapletonNovember


  • Vehicles without parking permits may park in an NPP zone up to the posted time restriction one time per day. After parking in a zone for the posted time limit, vehicles must leave the zone and may not park in that zone again on the same day.
  • Vehicles with NPP permits are exempt from NPP time limits but must abide by all other parking ordinances.

Permits Per Business:

  • Businesses may purchase up to three (3) permits.
  • Larger businesses may apply for additional permits.
  • Inquire with Parking & Access for more information.

Lost Permits:

  • Report lost permits to Parking & Access within three (3) business days.
  • A $10 fee will be charged to replace any lost, damaged or stolen permits.