The Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program

Balancing 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 NPP areas, 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. Visitor permits are issued once annually. Please make sure you keep track of them as they cannot be replaced until the zone's next renewal.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Apply for a NPP Resident or Business Employee Permit

Ways to purchase

Requirements and application

Submit your application

  1. In person

    You may submit the application and pay for the permit in the Access and Parking Services office, located at 1500 Pearl St. Ste. 302

    Office hours are:

    • Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

More information

Apply for a Commuter NPP Permit

Commuter NPP Permits


Application form:

First-come, first-served for Q4 commuter permits will take place on Tuesday, January 18th beginning at 9 am. If you are interested in purchasing a commuter permit after January 18th, please email our office directly.

  • To participate, please email on Friday, January 14th at or after 9 am to reserve an appointment.
  • The subject line of your email must say "FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED, *YOUR LAST NAME*."
  • Appointments will be scheduled based on the timestamp that we receive your email.
  • A member of the Parking Services team will follow up with a confirmation of your appointment time for the 18th.

Fees & payment methods

  • $105 per permit per quarter.
  • Accepted payments: cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Checks payable to City of Boulder.
  • A $10.00 fee will be charged to replace any lost, damaged or stolen permits.

Renew a Commuter NPP Permit

Renewal information

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to renew on time. Renewal notices will be mailed to the address or email provided on the application.
  • Permits not renewed by the deadline date will be forfeited.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify Parking Services of an address or phone change.
  • Renewals must be received by the renewal deadline stated below.
Quarter Renewal Deadline
1st (January – March) December 31st (prior year)
2nd (April – June) March 31st
3rd (July – September) June 30th
4th (October – December) September 30th

Renewal payments

Renewal payments may be made via the online portal, by mail, phone with credit card, or in person.

  • Please include your customer UID or permit number with your payment.
  1. Online

    You may renew your commuter permit via the Online Parking Portal

    Please email our office for first-time login information.

  2. In person

    You may submit the application and pay for the permit in the Access and Parking Services office, located at 1500 Pearl St. Ste. 302

    Office hours are:

    • Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  3. Email and phone

NPP Commuter Permit Information

Permit Display

  • The 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.

Assignments and Use

  • Permits are valid only on assigned block numbers.
  • Permit parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Leasing a permit does not guarantee you a space on your assigned block number.
  • Parking Services 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 Services reserves the right to revoke a permit for nonpayment 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 acts of God, 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.

NPP Neighborhoods & Public Parking Time Limits

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)

Petitions for New NPP Zones

In 2020-2021, the City of Boulder is working to update and improve the Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program. A staff team from the Transportation, Planning, and Community Vitality departments is 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.

Revitalizing Access in Boulder

The City of Boulder has launched Revitalizing Access in Boulder, a project to develop a balanced approach to multimodal transportation access and parking pricing for destinations across the city. The project advances the work of the Access Management and Parking Strategy (AMPS) Report. Provide your input on access and parking in Boulder through the new Access4Boulder Digital Hub, which features a variety of ways to engage with the Revitalizing Access in Boulder project, including a questionnaire and quick poll.