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 and Public Parking Time Limits

NPP Zonetimedayhour limit
Columbine9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Monday - Friday2
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 - Saturday2
Uni Hill9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Monday - Friday2
West Pearl 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.Monday - Friday3
Whittier8 a.m. - 8 p.m.Monday - Friday3
Whittier (Night)8 p.m. - 12 a.m.Friday & SaturdayPermit Only


  • Business located within Boulder City Limits
  • Must fall under one of the accepted business categories: Cleaning Services, Landscaping, Child Care, In-home Medical Care, Electricians, Plumbers, HVAC Technicians and Insect & Pest Control.


  • Completed Application
  • Proof Business is within Boulder City Limits: Current lease, sales tax ID form, Boulder County Ownership Tax report
  • Proof of Services Provided:
    • Must be registered with the Secretary of State which includes a brief description of services provided.
  • Colorado Unemployment Report
  • A list of full time employee’s (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.
  • Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable between businesses.

Virtual Permits:

  • The Mobile Vendor Permit is a virtual permit that is valid in any NPP Zone. It will be assigned to a specific license plate. Any license plate not disclosed to the Parking & Access office will receive a citation. The license plate assigned to a permit can be updated by contacting the Parking & Access office.


  • 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 Mobile Vendor 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.

Permit Renewal:

  • Permits are renewed on January 1st of each year for $75. Permits will not be prorated based on the date of purchase.
  • You must add to your email contacts – you will receive your renewal notices from this email address.