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 - Friday 2
East Aurora8 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 - Friday2
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
  • Government Issued ID
  • Current Vehicle Registration

Fees & Payment Methods:

  • $115/quarter
  • 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 Commuter Permit is a hangtag and must be hung from the rearview mirror with the block number facing out while the vehicle is in the assigned zone.
  • For safety, please remove the permit while driving.

Renewal Information:

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to renew on time. Renewal notices will be sent to the address or email provided on this application.
  • Permits not renewed by the deadline date will expire.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify Parking & Access of an address, email or phone change.
  • Renewal payments may be made via the Online Portal, by mail, phone with a credit card, or in-person.
  • Please include your renewal notice number with your payment.
  • Renewals must be received by the renewal deadline stated below:
QuarterRenewal Deadline
Q1: Jan. - MarchDec. 31 (prior year)
Q2: April - JuneMarch 31
Q3: July - Sept.June 30
Q4: Oct. - Dec.Sept. 30

Assignment & Use:

  • Permits are valid only on assigned block numbers.
  • Parking permit is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Leasing a permit does not guarantee you a space on your assigned block number.
  • Parking & Access reserves the right to temporarily or permanently reassign any permit holder due to maintenance, construction or reorganization.

Conditions & Regulations:

  • Individuals and vehicles not following these conditions are subject to ticketing and/or towing (at the owner’s expense), and/or revocation of the permit for one year.
  • Parking & Access reserves the right to revoke a permit for non-payment or returned checks.
  • Vehicles parked in permitted locations at the owner’s risk. Articles left in the vehicle are at owner’s risk. The City of Boulder is not liable for damages caused by vandalism, theft, driver’s negligence or natural occurrence, and is not liable for personal safety.


  • Permits are transferable only if the permit(s) is leased by a business or property manager and is part of the sale of that business or property.
  • Permits cannot be resold. Property owners or property managers may reissue permits to their tenants. Property owners or property managers may be required to submit a list of the tenants to whom permits were reissued. Permits cannot be reissued for more than the permit fee.
  • Anyone suspected of permit transferring is subject to revocation.
Neighborhood Commuter Permit Availability