To obtain a residential parking permit, every year an applicant must provide the following:
Additional documents may also be required. Permits are only valid for use by the vehicle with the license plate number issued at the time of sale. A replacement permit is needed upon a change of vehicle or license plate.
Enrollment in a local educational institution (Applicant must provide a copy of the school registration or student identification for the current year, with proof of residency, and a current vehicle registration.) This only applies to students with Maryland vehicle registrations and a Maryland driver’s license.
A member of the Armed Forces (Applicant must provide Armed Forces Identification card, with proof of residency and a current vehicle registration.)
Sufficient notarized documentation to certify the exclusive use of a vehicle not registered in applicant’s name. (Applicant must provide proof of residency and current vehicle registration.)
Dual residency (See provisions below.)
Leased vehicles – Leasing agreement (contract) must be presented with vehicle registration with proof of residency. Your vehicle may need to be registered in-state at your RPP address to be compliant with local/state laws.
If you live in Area 9, Area 37 or Area 8, you are subject to the following off-street parking requirement and must present additional documentation:
If you have an off-street parking space associated with your property, you must present the vehicle registration for the vehicle occupying the off-street parking space.
Registration must reflect RPP address or present lease with resident’s name.
If the vehicle is a work vehicle or is registered to someone other than you, a notarized letter is required to prove the right to use the vehicle.
Please Note: Maryland Law prohibits local authorities from issuing an RPP permit valid for more than 60 days to any vehicle registered outside of Maryland, unless the owner of the vehicle has obtained a Maryland MVA Nonresident Permit. A copy of the processed MVA Nonresident Permit application (form VR-111) must be presented to the Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) to obtain an RPP permit that is valid for more than 30 days. A Nonresident Permit must be presented along with any other required documentation. For MVA Nonresident Permit application information please contact the MVA office at (800) 950-1682.
2. Proof of Residency
Must be presented each time a resident obtains a permit.
One of the following documents is required to prove residency:
RPP Decals must be permanently affixed to the lower left-hand corner of the vehicle's windshield. Decals must be affixed by the decal’s own adhesive to the vehicle for which it was issued. Display of a decal that is not affixed, affixed with glue or tape, or affixed through other temporary means, will be considered invalid and subject to fines and penalties and/or loss of privileges.
Visitor permits are issued solely to residents for the use of visitors to their residence.Visitor permits must be displayed in full view, face up on the driver's side of the vehicle's dashboard. Please refer to the reverse side of your Visitor Permit for more information and regulations governing the use of Visitor Permits.
Visitor Permits may not be laminated. Laminating a Visitor Permit will render the permit void. Vehicles displaying a laminated Visitor Permit may be ticketed or towed.
Permit Expiration. All permits, whether purchased at renewal time or through the course of the year, will expire on the date indicated on the face of the permit unless otherwise extended or voided by the Parking Authority of Baltimore City.
Effective July 1, 2001, Maryland Law authorizes the Executive Director of the Parking Authority to issue a Residential Parking Permit to a person who owns and occupies residential property in a residential parking permit area in the City regardless of whether the person has registered the vehicle in the State or has obtained a nonresidential permit. To qualify, an applicant must show all other required documentation, proof of home ownership in the City of Baltimore (property tax bill) and proof of residence at their address outside their RPP area. Customers must also provide:
Please call (443) 573-2800, Ext. 860.
Temporary permits may be provided to permit applicants that have proof of residence and a valid vehicle registration but do not have the additional required documentation for issuance of a permanent decal.
Temporary permits are provided as a courtesy to residents, allowing time to obtain the additional required documentation.
Temporary permits are issued for either 30 days or 60 days.
A 30-day temporary parking permit may be issued when a permit applicant has proof of residence and a valid vehicle registration but lacks the following documentation when applying for an RPP Permit/Decal:
1) Notarized letter - If the vehicle is not registered to the permit applicant, a notarized letter from the registered owner, providing authorization to operate the vehicle, must be obtained. The letter should include the make, model and VIN number along with the signature of the owner. Each RPP customer is only permitted to obtain one permit with a notarized letter. The letter must be signed and dated no more than 6 months from the day of the permit application. Any notarized letter that is older than 6 months will not be accepted.
2) Current student ID –Students who own a vehicle registered in Maryland must provide verification that they are currently enrolled in school. Students with vehicles registered in Maryland are not required to update their address of record with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) as most other Maryland residents are required.
3) Non-resident permit – If a vehicle is registered in any state other than Maryland, and the permit applicant is not establishing residence with a Maryland Drivers license, the permit applicant must obtain a non-resident permit from the MVA. The non-resident permit or receipt from the MVA(External Link) for the non-resident permit must be provided to the PABC Associate or at the community pick-up before a permanent (annual) permit/decal will be issued.
4) Military ID - A military ID must be shown to verify that an applicant is either active or reserve duty. Active members of our nation’s military, who own and operate a vehicle registered in Maryland, are not required to update their address of record with the MVA; most other Maryland residents are required to do so.
A 60-day temporary parking permit may be issued when a permit applicant has proof of residence and a valid vehicle registration but lacks the following documentation when applying for an RPP Permit/Decal:
1) Change of address card – If the vehicle is registered in the permit applicant’s name and the applicant is NOT a student, military or a dual resident (dual residents own and occupy a home in an RPP area and own/rent another property) then state law requires that the applicant change their address with the Maryland MVA.
2) Change of vehicle registration – If a vehicle is registered in any state other than Maryland and is registered in the applicant’s name, and the applicant is NOT a student, dual resident or active military, the applicant must register the vehicle in the state of Maryland.
Temporary permits may be issued in special circumstances such as:
1) Car Rentals – Residents can receive a FREE temporary permit for a rental car as long as the applicant shows the rental car agreement with the end date printed on it. The temporary permit will expire on the same end date. Proof of residence must also be provided.
2) Short-Term Work- The resident must show a letter from their employer on company letterhead that verifies the specified work period. The work period must be less than 60 days and proof of residence must still be provided.
All permits are $20 each. The Parking Authority accepts the following forms of payment:
**All temporary permits must be returned to the Parking Authority (with the formerly lacking required documents that necessitated the temporary permit) to obtain a permanent decal. If the temporary permit is not returned, there will be a charge of $20 for the decal.