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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, to ensure that residents have safe neighborhoods. 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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Permit Information


Eligibility

The Town of Chapel Hill currently has 16 residential parking districts which require special parking permits. To be eligible for a residential parking permit, you must live in a designated residential parking district. 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 Permits are $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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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

Permit Renewals

All permits expire June 30th and the new permit year begins July 1st of each year. 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.

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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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 919-968-2760. 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 rear view mirror that can be given to a guest when they come to visit. Keep the permit for your next guest that visits you!  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 or destroyed guest permits can be replaced for a $15 charge (limit is one permit only).

The Parking Services division issues temporary parking passes  for weekend guests of residents of 140 West Condominiums. 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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Visitor Parking

3-Day Temporary Visitor Parking Permits

Each address in the residential permit area would be eligible for up to 10 (ten) 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 (five) 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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Annual In-Home Care Permits

Residents or family members who live any of the Town’s Residential Parking Permit Zones who have babysitters, caregivers, 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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Changes to Residence or Vehicle

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 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.

Permit holders who dispose of their vehicle and no longer require a permit must notify Parking Services 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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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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Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Permits

Stolen permits will be replaced and no additional fees will be charged. Please visit our office and provide an insurance claim, police report, or other documents confirming it was stolen.

Lost or damaged permits are replaced for $15, and there is a limit of one replacement per year.

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