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 a Neighborhood Parking Permit (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 Parking Permit zone may purchase up to two resident permits for each vehicle registered in their name at a cost of $50 each per year. With the purchase of a resident permit, each household* is eligible to purchase up to two visitor permits for $5 per permit (*Restrictions may apply). 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.
  • Residential Guest Permits Residents who live in a Neighborhood Parking Permit zone are eligible for up to two, two-week guest permits per year. Each additional guest permit will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and will have an associated cost.
  • Businesses with addresses located within one of the 12 residential NPP 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.
  • Mobile Vendor Permits are eligible to mobile businesses that service customers within currently established NPP zones. Businesses must operate within Boulder County and be able to provide proof of mobile services. (For example: landscapers, cleaning services, etc.)
  • Non-resident commuter permits are available on a limited basis and are specific to one neighborhood parking zone block. A commuter parking permit costs $115 per quarter. More information on the first-come, first-served process.

Verify Eligibility

Apply for a NPP Resident or Business Employee Permit

Ways to purchase

  • Neighborhood parking permits for residents and business employees are available to purchase at the Community Vitality Access and Parking Services office, as well as on the online parking portal. (Please see the online parking portal instructions).
  • Commuter NPP permits are available through a separate process on a first-come, first-served basis, and appointments must be scheduled.

Submit your application

  1. Online parking portal
  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 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

More information

Apply for a Discounted Residential Parking Permit

Review the Eligibility and Requirements for a Residential NPP Permit

Review Discount Eligibility

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

The discount is available to residents currently enrolled in a City of Boulder or Boulder County income-based program. Eligible programs are:

Submit Your Attestation Form

Submit the Permit Application

The application must be submitted in person, by mail, or by email to:

Pay for Your Permit

Once your application has been approved you can pay for your permit in person, by phone, or by mail.

Apply for a Commuter NPP Permit

Commuter NPP Permits

  • A commuter permit allows non-residents to park on an assigned block beyond the posted time restriction.
  • The block is chosen by the applicant based on availability.
  • Leasing a permit does not guarantee you a space on your assigned block number.
  • To view available blocks and permits, please view the Commuter Permit Program Availability Interactive Parking Map.


Application form:

First-come, first-served for Q3 2024 commuter permits will take place on Monday, July 15, 2024, beginning at 9 a.m. If you are interested in purchasing a commuter permit after July 15, 2024, please email our office directly.

  • To participate, please email on Friday, July 12 at or after 9 a.m. to reserve a phone appointment.
  • The subject line of your email must say "FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED, *YOUR LAST NAME*."
  • Phone appointments will be scheduled based on the timestamp that we receive your email. If your email is received after 4:30 pm on Friday, July 12, 2024, you will not be eligible for the First-come, first-serve day on Monday, July 15, 2024.
  • A member of the Parking Services team will follow up via email with a confirmation of your phone appointment time for Monday, July 15, 2024, and directions to follow.

Fees & payment methods

  • $115 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.

Map of Neighborhood Commuter Permit Availability

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 31 (prior year)
2nd (April – June) March 31
3rd (July – September) June 30
4th (October – December) September 30

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.

    Click here for instructions on how to use 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 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)

NPP Zone Petitions

The Residential Access Management Program (RAMP) makes an annual assessment of various key metrics and other factors, in order to determine an appropriate neighborhood parking management strategy for neighborhoods which qualify for the Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program. Residents can request that their neighborhood be studied for possible inclusion in a new or existing NPP, or request the removal of an existing NPP.

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.