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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Residential Parking Permits

A Residential Parking Permit is required to park on certain streets during specific or very busy times in the City of New Orleans.

There are 18 RPP zones throughout New Orleans, click here for a map of the RPP zones. Residential Parking permits are valid for specific neighborhoods and for a specific duration of time. Click here for a Residential Parking Permit application, plus full information on fees and required documents.

To establish a Residential Parking Permit zone:

  1. A letter from the Neighborhood Association must be sent to:
    PARKING DIVISION
    RPP OFFICE
    1340 Poydras Street Ste. 801
    New Orleans, LA 70112

    This correspondence should verify the need of area residents for RPP in conjunction with the current Code of the City of New Orleans relative to Residential Parking.
  2. A meeting must be held with the Executive Board of the organization and representatives from the RPP office. At this meeting a review of the ordinance, the process and policies will be provided by RPP office.
  3. A public forum must be scheduled by the Neighborhood Association. Information on the place and date should be coordinated with the RPP office.
  4. The RPP office will publish a notice in the newspaper. Flyers will be provided to the Neighborhood Association for distribution to area residents.
  5. A full report must be prepared by members of the Neighborhood Association for presentation to the City Council. (The RPP office will advise the association which data must be included in this report.)
  6. The forum will be conducted by RPP staff and officers of the Neighborhood Association.
  7. A report of recommendations will be submitted to the City Council. This report will include parking survey data and other activities related to RPP in the specific neighborhood.
  8. The City Council will review the report and take appropriate action to approve or disapprove.
  9. If approved by the City Council, petitions from residents must be submitted to the RPP office. A majority of households on the block must sign the petition for that block to have RPP signs installed. Each side of the block is petitioned separately. If the block is 51% or more commercial, signs will not be installed on that block.
  10. Signs (with 2 hr. restrictions) will be installed block by block if the majority of residents on a block have signed the petition.
  11. Courtesy tickets will be issued for several days prior to enforcement

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If a Residential Parking Permit pass expired on Dec. 31, 2012, and the permitee has applied for a new permit, will the permitee be ticketed if they do not have a new permit?

The City’s parking control officers have been instructed to honor RPP decals indicating an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2012. RPP holders will not be cited for displaying an expired permit until the new RPP program is in place. The new RPP program is expected to be available online in the first quarter of 2014.

Were new RPPs supposed to be mailed to residents prior to Dec. 31, 2012?

Yes, the new RPPs decals were supposed to be mailed to permitees prior to Dec. 31, 2012. An unexpected delay prevented issuance of the new parking decals.

RPP permittees who contacted City Hall were notified that they could obtain a new temporary permit by visiting the Parking Division Office located at 1340 Poydras St., Ste 801 (across the street from City Hall).  A letter with details about the delay in issuance of the new decals was hand-delivered to permit holders on Dec. 28, 2012. A second letter providing an update on the RPP program was mailed to RPP holders in mid-May 2013. RPP holders with a decal indicating an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2012 will not be cited for displaying an expired permit until the new RPP program is in place. The new RPP program is expected to be available online in the Fall of 2013.

Is it too late to apply for a 2013 RPP?

RPP holders will not be cited for displaying a permit that expired on Dec. 31, 2012 until the new RPP program is in place. The new RPP program is expected to be available online in the Fall of 2013.

The published rates for RPP have not changed and are as follows:

  • Residential Parking Permit Application – $40 (one-time fee per vehicle yearly)
  • Residential Parking Permit (64 years of age and under) – $15 per permit
  • Senior Residential Parking Permit (65 years of age and older) – annual fee waived
  • Temporary 30-day Permit – $10.00 per permit
  • Visitor’s 10-day Permit –  $5.00 per permit, maximum of five permits issued per year
  • Student Permit –  $10.00 per semester
  • Motorcycle Permit –  $15.00 per year
  • Medical Permit –  $15.00 per year

Residential Parking Permits with earlier expiration dates, such as those that expired in 2011 or earlier, will continue to be cited by parking enforcement officers for non-compliance.

When was the $40 application fee for a RPP established? Was the fee reviewed and approved by the City Council?

In 2010, the City of New Orleans participated in a parking study conducted by the International Parking Institute. New Orleans’ parking fees, fines and permit structure was compared to cities of similar size and caliber. The study found New Orleans’ parking fees, fines and permits were not in line with similar cities. In response, the DPW recommended to the City Council that New Orleans adjust parking fees, fines and permit rates. Among the recommendation was establishment of a $40 application fee to cover administrative costs of the parking program. The City Council approved the DPW recommendation in 2010.

When was the fee for parking tickets increased from $20 to $40? What entity authorized the increase?

In 2010, the City of New Orleans participated in a parking study conducted by the International Parking Institute. New Orleans’ parking fees, fines and permits structure was compared to cities of similar size and caliber. The study found New Orleans’ parking fees, fines and permits were not in line with similar cities as the parking ticket fees had not been increased in 25 years. The City Council approved the DPW recommendation to increase the parking ticket fee from $20 to $40 in 2010.

If an individual's vehicle has not changed and they haven't moved/changed their address, why is the act of applying for a Residential Parking Permit an annual requirement?

The DPW must verify each RPP applicant is a certified resident each year. The $40 application fee covers administrative costs required to verify residency. 

Were permitees notified of planned changes to the RPP program?

The changes to the RPP program primarily include the ability to renew permits online. The letters sent in Dec. 2012 and May 2013 re-iterated the RPP policy, fees and pointed out that per City Code 1956, § 38-322; M.C.S., Ord. No. 23818, § 2, 12-1-09, valid RPP participants may also apply for a Visitor’s Parking Permit (VPP). A VPP is valid for ten (10) days from the day of issuance and costs $5.00 per permit plus an annual $40.00 application fee per year. RPP participants may be issued up to five (5) visitor passes per 12-month calendar year. 

When were the changes to the RPP reviewed, considered, and voted upon by City Council?

In 2010, the City of New Orleans participated in a parking study conducted by the International Parking Institute. New Orleans’ parking fees, fines and permit structure were compared to cities of similar size and caliber. The study found New Orleans’ parking fees, fines and permits were not in line with similar cities. At the conclusion of the study the DPW recommend increasing the RPP application fee and parking fines to the City Council. Adoption by the City Council resulted in a change to the municipal code. 

How will RPP holders be notified of changes to the existing program?

The DPW recently selected a new parking vendor for curb management. Among the requirements of the new contract is a notification and education of the new renewal process.

New RPP applicants will need to visit the Parking Division Office located at 1340 Poydras St., Ste 801 (across the street from City Hall) to apply for a new permit.

Is the French Quarter RPP Zone administered differently than RPP programs in other neighborhoods?

RPP zones are administered consistently throughout the City’s 18 RPP zones. The French Quarter is unique in that there is a greater concentration of RPP users in the area. 

Are residents of the French Quarter now, as a matter of fact, only permitted to have visitors' passes for a total of 50 days per year?

Correct, per City Code 1956, § 38-322; M.C.S., Ord. No. 23818, § 2, 12-1-09, valid RPP participants may apply for a Visitor’s Parking Permit (VPP). VPP is valid for ten (10) days from the day of issuance and costs $5.00 per permit, plus an annual $40.00 application fee per year. RPP participants may be issued up to five (5) visitor passes per 12-month calendar year. When the new curb management system is in place, valid RPP users will be able to print VPP for their guests.

Will the new RPP process help to ensure consistent parking enforcement throughout the French Quarter?

The DPW parking control officers aim to enforce parking regulations consistently. The new RPP and Visitor’s passes will include expiration dates that will help parking control officers manage limited curb space consistently.

In response to constituent requests, the DPW recently increased the number of parking enforcement officers in the French Quarter to identify and cite parking violators. Requests for additional parking enforcement officers can be made by contacting the Parking Administrator’s Office at 504-658-8200.

Why will the Visitor’s Parking Permit now include an expiration date?

The addition of an expiration date on the new Visitor’s Parking Permit is designed to prevent abuse of the RPP system.

 
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Last updated: 7/31/2014 3:32:50 PM

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