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Overview

Residents may apply if they live on a street where parking permits are required. The fee for a residential parking permit is $25 per year. Please visit our Residential parking permit page for more information. Fees will be waived for those age 65 or older (proof of age must be provided).

Guest permits are still available for short-term parking of 24 hours (1 day) or less in a given week within residential parking zones. Also available are 3-day and 14-day Temporary Residential Visitor Parking Permits. Temporary Residential Permits are available with proof of residency. Up to 10 three-day permits may be purchased in a year for $2 each. Up to five 14-day permits may be purchased each year for $10 each.

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Permit Information


Residential Parking Permits

The Town of Chapel Hill has instituted residential parking permit zones for neighborhoods that see high levels of transient parking, especially those around the University of North Carolina. The residential parking permit program allows qualifying residents who live within the parking zone to obtain a permit to park during the posted time limits.

Each residence could be eligible to qualify for up to five residential permits for a fee of $25.00 per sticker per year ($15.00 if purchased in January or later in the permit year) per permit for a residential parking permit. Guest permits will be available at no cost.

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Replacement Fee for Parking Permits

The Parking Services division issues residential permits at $25.00 and guest and temporary parking permits at no cost to the residents. There is a replacement fee of $15.00 for any lost, stolen, or destroyed permits.

The Town of Chapel Hill currently has 16 residential parking districts which require special parking permits. Applicants may apply for a residential parking permit if:

  • an applicant resides on a street where parking is prohibited and
  • the applicant has no practical way of parking off of the street.

The number of permits may not exceed the number of licensed vehicles registered to the residence address and no more than five permits shall be in effect at the same time for the same lot, regardless of the number of housing units on the lot. Permits are permanently affixed to the vehicle and are not transferable. All residential permits must be displayed within the vehicle to which it is assigned.

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Terms and Fees

Residential Parking Pemits will be $25.00 per decal ($15.00 if purchased after January or later within the permit year). All permits will expire June 30th each year no matter when the permit is received.

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Eligibility

To be eligible for a residential parking permit, you must live in a designated residential parking district.

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New/Renewal Applicants for a Residential Parking Permit

All applicants will be required to provide proof that they reside within the residential parking permit zone by providing proof of the following:

If you are renting or leasing the property:

  • Valid motor vehicle registration card, that has your name or the name of your parents
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current lease agreement with names of tenants and signatures

If you own the property:

  • Valid motor vehicle registration card, that has your name or the name of your parents
  • Valid driver’s license
  • A current utility bill with your name and address OR a deed of ownership

Applicants for new/renewal residential permits must apply in person at:

Town of Chapel Hill Parking Services
828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Chapel Hill Police Department)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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Permit Renewal
  • All permits expire June 30th and the new permit year begins July 1. Residents on file must complete a renewal form and make sure that the Parking Services office has a current lease (renter) with signatures or a current utility bill (owner), current vehicle registration and a valid driver’s license.
  • If you have any changes to your vehicle registration; new car, new license plate, you will need to get a new permit.
  • No renewals will be granted to anyone that has unpaid parking violations.
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Restrictions and Exclusions

Permits are only valid on blocks posted for permit parking and only those posted with the zone letter for which the permit is issued. For example, a permit issued for Zone A is not valid in Zone C. Permit holders are exempt only from posted time limits in Residential Parking zones. They are still required to comply with all other regulations, such as no parking zones, fire hydrants, etc.

Parking is neither permitted on sidewalks or lawns, nor in areas of the front and side yards that do not have concrete, asphalt, or other approved surfaces. Vehicles are required to be parked on paved driveways or approved parking areas.

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Enforcement

Parking Services personnel conduct regular patrols of the residential parking permit zones. If you wish to report parking violations, please call Parking Services at 932-2912. It is illegal to create, use, or display a false permit.

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Guest Permits

Guest permits are available at no charge to allow for short-term parking of 24 hours (1 day) or less within the residential parking zone. It is a transferable permit that is hung from the inside rearview mirror that can be given to a guest when they come to visit. Up to two guest permits are available to each residence within a residential parking district. Misuse of guest permits may result in fines and penalties in addition to forfeiture of both guest permits. Guest permits that are forfeited due to misuse will not be reissued for a period of 12 months. Lost, stolen or destroyed guest permits can be replaced for a $15 charge (limit is one permit only).

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Visitor Parking

3-Day Temporary Visitor Parking Permits

Each address in the residential permit area would be eligible for: Up to 10 temporary 3-day visitor parking permits in a year for use by guests valid for residential parking areas only for a fee of $2.00 per permit.

14-Day Temporary Residential Parking Permits

Each address in the residential permit area would be eligible for: Up to 5 temporary 14-day visitor parking permits for use for guests valid for residential parking areas only for a fee of $10.00 per permit.

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Special Events

Contact Chapel Hill Parking Services, (919) 968-2760, in advance of special events such as weddings, parties, receptions, etc., if you live within a residential parking district. Please provide the Parking Services Office with date, time and the number of vehicles you expect. The office must be contacted at least five days prior to an event.

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Lost or Stolen Permits

Stolen permits will be replaced and no additional fees will be charged. You must prove that it was stolen (i.e. insurance claim, police report). Lost permits are replaced for $15, and there is a limit of one replacement per year.

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Changes to Residence

If a permit holder relocates to a different dwelling unit within the same residential parking zone, or within another residential parking zone, the permit holder must notify Chapel Hill Parking Services. Necessary changes will be made to the applicable permits. If the permit holder relocates to a dwelling unit outside the residential parking zone, the permit holder must notify Chapel Hill Parking Services and return the permit(s). You may not turn your permit over to another person. This is considered a violation and appropriate fines will be assessed against the person improperly displaying the permit.

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Changes to Vehicle

Permit holders who dispose of their vehicle and no longer require a permit must notify the Town and return the permit, or proof that the vehicle no longer in service. A permit holder who changes vehicles or license plates must notify the Town and provide the required documentation. A new permit will then be issued.

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Annual In-Home Care Permits

Residents or family members who live any of the Town’s Residential Parking Permit Zones who have babysitters, or who have disabilities or medical conditions requiring in-home care services may be eligible for In-Home Care Permits for a fee of $10.00.

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Residential Business Parking Permit

Each address in the residential permit area would be eligible for up to five parking permits for business use such as Contractors, Realtors, or Non-Resident Landlords for $25.00 per month or $150.00 per year and would be good in the residential permit areas only.

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Weekend Deck Parking Pass

The Parking Services division issues temporary passes for parking for weekend guest of residents of 140 West. This parking permit is good for a 3-day maximum period. There is a transponder fee of $25.00 each for pass.

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