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 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 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 & SaturdayPermit Only


  • Completed Application
  • Government Issued ID
  • Proof of Residency dated within the last 90 days: Utility bill, checking/savings account statement, Renter’s insurance, Property Tax payment receipt, Current Lease in its entirety signed by all parties.
  • Current Vehicle Registration: Applicant’s name must be on the registration. If the vehicle belongs to a parent/grandparent or is owned by a business/trust, a written, signed, and a notarized statement is required stating the name of the applicant as the primary driver and their relationship to the owner. This statement must include the owner’s name, address, phone number, license plate no., VIN, and make/model of the vehicle. If it is a business vehicle, the statement must be on business letterhead.

* If the address associated with vehicle registration is the same as the address applying for the permit, no additional proof of residency is required.

Fees & Payment Methods:

  • $50 per vehicle, per calendar year & $5 per visitor permit
  • Accepted payments: cash, check, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Checks payable to City of Boulder.
  • Permits are not prorated.

Permit Display:

  • Permanently affix the resident permit to the interior lower left-hand corner of the windshield.
  • Remove the permit if vehicle is sold or transferred.
  • Visitor and Guest Permits are hangtags 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.


  • Residents living in an NPP zone.

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

Visitor Permits:

  • Two non-replaceable, optional visitor permits are available per unit with purchase of a permit. Visitor permits are available for $5/permit. Exception: West Pearl condos or properties containing more than 4 units will be limited to 1 visitor permit per unit. If visitor passes have already been issued, new ones cannot be issued until the following year.
  • Visitor passes are valid only while the visitor is on the residential premises.
  • Visitor passes shall not exceed 24 consecutive hours and are to be used within a one-block radius of the residence address.
  • Visitor passes may not be used by residents.

Guest Permits:

  • 2 two-week guest permits may be issued per year for use by house guests of the property. Any guest permits requested beyond the 2 included will have an associated cost and are subject to additional restrictions.


  • 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 posted NPP parking restrictions.
  • NPP permit does not guarantee a parking space in front of residence.

Permits Per Person:

  • Maximum of 2 residential permits per person for: Mapleton, High/Sunset, Fairview, University Heights, East Ridge, East Aurora, Columbine, Goss/Grove, University Hill, Whittier, West Pearl, and Park East Sq.
    Exception: West Pearl, any property with over 4 units, 1 permit per unit.

Permit Discount for Income-Qualified Individuals:

  • The City of Boulder Community Vitality Department is committed to providing financial assistance to the City of Boulder residents of low income by providing a discount of 50% off the residential parking permit cost for those who qualify. View the application form.