Parking Permit Rules and Regulations

Residential Parking Permit Program Policy Update

Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) Curbside & Parking division is updating the Residential Parking Permit policy resulting in new Rules & Regulations and modifications to the current Residential Parking Permit (RPP) Program.

The Residential Parking Permit Program is an on-street curbside and parking program deployed in residential areas near commercial, institutional, or event-based uses that could be unreasonably burdening residents from accessing their homes.

Curbside resources are under increasing demand as the City balances on-street bicycle and transit lane needs with curbside access and parking demand.  This demand, coupled with City transportation priorities, underscore the importance of creating an equitable and efficient Residential Parking Permit Program while providing on-street parking options for all users.  This project has included close coordination with City departments, City Council, and a Stakeholder Working Group (SWG).


Program Goals

  1. Create a more Transparent & Efficient Program
  2. Apply Equitable Program Application
  3. Apply Consistent Criteria 
  4. Implement Neighborhood-based Decision-making
  5. Maximize Curbside Resources
  6. Support DOTI Transportation Goals and Objectives

Proposed Changes

  • The application process will be streamlined.
  • New Residential Parking Permit (RPP) Zones and will be established through the Curbside Access Plan (CAP) or Block Modification process. The introduction of Area Permit Zones will be prioritized.
  • Flex Parking Permits will replace Guest Permits and provide more flexibility.
  • Permit eligibility will be expanded to include larger multi-unit apartment and condominium buildings.
  • Permit maximums, based on off-street parking access, will be applied. 
  • Program effectiveness will be evaluated in dense neighborhoods where a RPP program exists. A balanced parking management approach will be used.
  • Permit fees will be implemented to recover administrative costs.

Why is DOTI updating the Residential Parking Permit Policy and how will the Rules & Regulations be used?

DOTI is creating the Residential Parking Permit Policy to address emerging resident and business needs as the City continues to evolve. The current Residential Parking Permit Program, which was established in the 1950s and modified in the 1980s, does not adequately address increasing residential densities or equity concerns. The program will also support city goals recently established in plans like the Comprehensive Plan 2040 (2019)Blueprint Denver (2019), and Denver Moves Everyone 2050. In addition to addressing current needs, the updated policy will increase transparency and consistency in both permit eligibility and implementation.

DOTI establishes RPP Zones in neighborhoods and issue Residential Parking Permits to more effectively manage the public right-of-way. Curbside resources are under increasing demand as the city balances on-street bicycle and transit lane needs with curbside access and parking demand. This demand, coupled with city transportation priorities, underscore the importance of creating an equitable and efficient Residential Parking Permit Program while providing on-street parking options for all users. RPP Zones are one of the tools available to manage parking demand in residential areas.