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Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program

New Residential Neighborhood Parking Permit Application Portal 

Beginning February 2019, the city's Parking & Access division is 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.

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Neighborhood Preservation

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.

NPP Zones

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 pdf for requirements.

Enter your address to verify resident permit eligibility.

  • 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 pdf 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 pdf 8 a.m. to   6 p.m.  Monday to Friday 3 hours pdf
Columbine pdf 9 a.m. to   5 p.m.  Monday to Friday 2 hours pdf
East Ridge pdf 9 a.m. to   5 p.m. Monday to Friday 2 hours pdf
Fairview pdf 8 a.m. to   4 p.m.  School Days 2 hours pdf
Goss Grove pdf 8 a.m. to   6 p.m.  Monday to Friday 2 hours pdf
High/Sunset pdf 8 a.m. to   6 p.m.  Monday to Friday 2 hours pdf
Mapleton pdf 8 a.m. to   6 p.m.  Monday to Friday 3 hours pdf
Park East-Monroe Drive pdf 9 a.m. to   5 p.m.  Monday to Friday 3 hours pdf
University Heights pdf 8 a.m. to   8 p.m.  Monday to Saturday 2 hours pdf
University Hill pdf 9 a.m. to   5 p.m.  Monday to Friday 2 hours pdf
West Pearl pdf 8 a.m. to   6 p.m.  Monday to Friday 3 hours pdf
Whittier pdf 8 a.m. to   8 p.m.  Monday to Friday 3 hours pdf
Whittier (night) pdf 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.  Friday and Saturday Permit Required pdf
Chautauqua pdf 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 pdf 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 pdf.

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 hearing before the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) to review the proposal.
  • 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.