Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program
In 2020, the City of Boulder will be working to update and improve the Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program. The NPP Program, created in 1994, was designed to balance the needs of those who park on our streets, including residents, visitors, and commuting employees. A staff team from the Transportation, Planning, and Community Vitality departments will be working with community stakeholders to thoroughly evaluate and improve the NPP Program based on best practices and new technologies, following guidance in the adopted Access Management and Parking Strategies document. During this time, residents should know that petitions for the creation of new NPP zones will not be immediately processed. You may expect outreach by staff to further inquire as to your parking experience and to see what interim access solutions might be made. The process to consider the program’s evolution (including any consideration of new NPP zones) will be subject to the project’s completion.
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New Residential Neighborhood Parking Permit Application Portal
Beginning February 2019, the city's Parking & Access division began testing a new online residential permit application portal, called "Park Boulder," for the Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program zones of Park East Square (new zone) and East Aurora (new and renewing permits). In order to apply, you will need digital files of any vehicle registration(s) that you wish to purchase a permit for, a photo ID, and proof of residence, such as a utility bill. Acceptable file types are: jpg, bmp, pdf, jpeg, gif, or png.
The Neighborhood Permit Parking Program (NPP) is designed to balance the needs of those who park on our streets, including residents, visitors, and commuters. Each neighborhood in the program has public parking limits that are tailored to that area.
In areas that have Neighborhood Permit Parking, special zones are designated where on-street parking for non-residents is limited. Vehicles without a permit may park one time only per day. After the initial time limitation, vehicles may not repark in that color zone on the same day.
NPP Zone Permits
Permits that allow a vehicle to park in an NPP zone beyond the posted restriction are available to residents, visitors, employees and commuters. Each zone is color-coded. Vehicles with permits are exempted from posted parking restrictions.
Permits are available as follows:
- Residents who live in a Neighborhood Permit Parking zone may purchase up to two resident permits for each vehicle registered in their name at a cost of $17 each per year. With the purchase of a resident permit, each household may receive two free visitor permits at no additional cost. See application for requirements.
- Businesses with addresses located within one of the 12 residential zones may purchase up to three business permits for use by its employees for $75 each year. Large businesses with addresses located in an NPP zone may apply for additional employee parking permits. link id = 0" text = "application"] for requirements.
- Nonresident commuter permits are available on a limited basis and are specific to one neighborhood parking zone block. A commuter parking permit costs $100 per quarter. See application for requirements. Commuter Permit Program Availability Interactive Parking Map
How to Apply for a NPP Permit
Neighborhood parking permits are available to purchase at the Access and Parking Services office, located at 1500 Pearl St. Office hours are:
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
You may fill out a permit application in advance (please see permit links in the upper right-hand corner of your computer screen or at the bottom of the page if using a mobile device). Parking and Access Services Division is currently testing an online portal for NPP permits and renewals, called "Park Boulder" or you may submit the application and pay for the permit in the office.
NPP Neighborhoods & Public Parking Time Limits
|Neighborhood||Enforcement Period||Time Limit w/o Permit|
|East Aurora||8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday||3 hours|
|Columbine||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday||2 hours|
|East Ridge||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday||2 hours|
|Fairview||8 a.m. to 4 p.m. School Days||2 hours|
|Goss Grove||8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday||2 hours|
|High/Sunset||8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday||2 hours|
|Mapleton||8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday||3 hours|
|Park East-Monroe Drive||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday||3 hours|
|University Heights||8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday||2 hours|
|University Hill||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday||2 hours|
|West Pearl||8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday||3 hours|
|Whittier||8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday||3 hours|
|Whittier (night)||8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday||Permit Required|
|Chautauqua||8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer weekends and holidays 2019||Vehicles without a valid permit must pay for parking ($2.50/hour, no time limit)|
Requirements for Establishing NPP Zones
To be considered for a new or expanded NPP zone, neighborhood residents must assess their parking needs by working with the city to determine the feasibility of a potential parking permit zone. The full procedures for applying for an expansion of an existing NPP zone or creation of a new zone are available here . Residents should know that petitions submitted in 2020 while the program is being updated and improved (see above “news” paragraph for more explanation) will not be immediately processed.
After at least 25 neighbors have applied by petition, the city initiates a multi-step process for development and approval of a new zone.
The city then:
- Conducts a parking survey and gathers information to assess the need for an NPP zone.
- Develops a draft proposal (including zone boundaries, the type of zone, recommended parking restrictions, permits available and other details). A neighborhood meeting may be held to assist in developing the proposal and receive public input.
- Modifies the original proposal if necessary.
- Holds a public meeting where public comments are documented.
- Holds a public hearing before the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) to review the proposal, and provides a recommendation about the petition. The public can also provide comments at this time and in front of TAB.
- Forwards TAB recommendation and public hearing comments to the city manager for review.
- The city manager makes the final decision regarding the zone and informs Boulder City Council.