Residential Permit Parking
Expired Residential Permits Remain Valid Until Further Notice
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation resumed parking enforcement of Residential Permit Parking on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Permits that expired after March 2020 will be honored until the Governor lifts the Emergency Order. There are a few reasons why you may need to renew your permit.
Residents who need a new permit can apply online at pabc.thepermitstore.com if they meet one of the following criteria:
- You are a NEW RPP customer who has not been able to purchase a permit due to the COVID-19 closure of PABC offices.
- You are an existing customer who has purchased a new vehicle or has new license plates.
- You are an existing customer who moved from one RPP area to another. If you moved within the same RPP area, you may continue to use the decal and visitor permit(s) you already have.
Residents who qualify can apply online at pabc.thepermitstore.com to have a permit mailed to them. The online application will allow residents to upload the required documents that are usually verified in person at the Parking Authority Office or at a Community Pickup. A Parking Authority team member will verify the documents online and mail residents their permits.
The Parking Authority Office, located at 200 W Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Extended late-night hours and Saturday hours will not be available. The office will be open for residents who do not have online access or experience problems with the website.
For the safety of our employees and customers, the office will open with the following restrictions:
- There will be a maximum of five customers allowed in the office at a time. Please form a line outside along the wall until you are called to come in.
- A mask or face covering must be worn at all times.
- A health screening will be required in the Arena Garage lobby before you may enter the PABC office. Entry will be denied if you do not pass the health screening.
- Hand sanitization will be available. Please use some when you enter.
- Please do not walk up to any employee desk. Please have a seat and wait to be called, as employees must wipe down surfaces between each customer.
If you have any questions about address eligibility, the online application, or our reopening procedures, please contact us at (443) 573-2800 or email [email protected].
200 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 (We are not located at City Hall.)
Free parking at Arena Garage only
The garage entrance is at 99 S. Howard Street, around the corner from our office (not across the street).
Opening Pedestrian Door
When returning to your car, enter the garage through one of the pedestrian doors. Do not walk up the ramp of the garage.
- Swipe your parking ticket with the stripe side up on the control equipment next to the door.
- The door will unlock but does not automatically open.
Watch our YouTube video for instructions.
Description Of Program
The Baltimore RPP Program was begun in 1979 in an effort to address the specific needs of residents in city neighborhoods where the demand for on-street parking was considered to be greatest. Participating neighborhoods elect to do so through an application by petition to the City of Baltimore through the Parking Authority of Baltimore City.
The RPP Program includes 47 designated RPP areas, each designated with its own specific number or letter. Parking in each of these areas is restricted to some degree to provide preferential parking privileges only to those residents and their guests who display valid Residential Parking Permits and Visitors Passes on their automobiles.
Permits and passes are issued and valid for a one-year period from the designated annual renewal date for each specific RPP Area. Residents must re-apply every year.
Terms And Conditions
To be eligible for a permit the applicant must reside within the boundaries of that particular RPP area. You must show the required proof of residency to the satisfaction of the RPP section. Participation in the program is limited to residents only. The permit increases the chances of finding a parking space by stimulating turnover and eliminating the storage of non-resident vehicles. A permit does not excuse the observance of any other traffic regulation except the posted RPP time restrictions.
As is the case with any privilege, receiving your permits and/or visitor passes requires your complete understanding and acceptance of a very specific set of terms, conditions, and regulations that have been instituted to assure your continued safety and convenience as a resident of the City of Baltimore.
Please carefully review the list of Required Customer Documents associated with the issuance of your parking permits and passes.
Email us at [email protected]
Call us at (443) 573-2800 and ask for RPP or enter extension 2870.
In 1979, the City Council of Baltimore passed an ordinance creating the authority under Article 31. Sub 10 of the Baltimore City Code to implement Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Areas. These restricted parking areas are established primarily to help secure available parking for a residential community while encouraging alternative parking plans for non-residents. Generally, these programs govern the parking restrictions in residential communities located near major employers, colleges, universities, medical institutions, and sports complexes.
- protect the resident from unreasonable burden in gaining access to their residence
- preserve the quality of life in the general community
- promote clean air
- reduce hazardous traffic conditions
It is normal practice for a neighborhood association to set-up this program for the community. The law does require certain provisions to qualify for an RPP program.