Aldermen To Tackle Residential Permit Parking

Residential permit parking has become a major headache for Chicago.

Especially in the more parking challenged wards in the city.

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and Ald. Vi Daley (43rd) are looking to do something about RPP and today proposed creating a Residential Parking Permit Zone Task Force to address these and other related parking issues.

“The proliferation of the permit parking areas has caused more strain on the already scares commodity of available on-street parking , and, as a result, many businesses near the restricted parking zones have seen a negative impact on their businesses by a decrease in customers and business…” states the resolution the two signed today.

Tunney and Daley’s adjacent wards represent the brunt of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, easily two of the most vehicle congested areas of the city, and account for a good portion of the individual residential parking permits issued each year.

According to the resolution, back in 1997 Mayor Daley put together a similar group called the Mayor’s Parking Task Force, which looked at the issue of RPP. While the task force considered recommending a ban on the entire residential permit program, it backed off the full ban and instead asked for tighter controls on the program with the hope of reducing the number of permit parking zones.

This recommendation never got enacted and since 1997, RPP zones have continued to grow and frustrate both drivers and aldermen alike.

“We decided to bring this idea back up again,” explained Daley. “It has to do with residential permit parking, parking for trucks, permits for contractors working on people’s homes and other parking issues.”

City Clerk Miguel del Valle, who’s department administrates the residential permit parking program has been concerned with the unfettered growth of the RPP program for a long time.

About a year ago during City Council 2010 budget hearings, Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle said the residential permit parking program has become too big, difficult to administer and challenged alderman to review and reform it.

“Any system or program that has been in place for 30 years should be reviewed,” said del Valle back in 2009. “We should examine it to ensure it is as efficient as possible. The review may not result in significant changes, but we should still review it. We welcome the chance to be a part of any review the City Council does on this program.”

The original program began in 1979, and in the three decades since its creation, the program has grown to over 1340 RPP zones. In 2010, individual residential parking permits went up a healthy 8%, rising from 118,274 in 2009 to 127,912 permits through August 2010.

“We’re happy they’re forming the task force,” said City Clerk’s office spokesperson Kristine Williams. “It’s something we encouraged them to do and are happy they are doing it. We’re hopeful and glad the aldermen are taking this on and taking a look at residential parking.”

Alderman Daley is looking to bring other council members onto the task force and move forward as quickly as possible.

“Anywhere parking is an issue, we’ll reach out to other alderman who have these issues,” explains Daley. “We’ll sit down with alderman effected with this and go from there. ”

The resolution goes before the Traffic Control & Safety Committee on Monday, November 15th.

23 Responses to Aldermen To Tackle Residential Permit Parking

  1. glg says:

    1340 different zones? that doesn’t seem possible to me. especially when you have all of lakeview covered by 383, most of LP by 143. is that 1340 counting different blocks or something?

  2. Sauce says:

    1340 Would be citywide

  3. Capt. M-Plate says:

    Correct Sauce…

    Most RPP Zones don’t Cover a Whole Ward..

    Most of the time…

    RPP Zones are put up at the request of the people that Live on the Street in question. A Petition to the Alderman/Women office is needed with a Majority Percentage of signers from that area that would be affected. And sometimes (from what I’ve heard) the Alderperson puts them up because…

    Residential areas with Schools, Colleges, Hospitals, Large Numbers of Bars and Restaurants, El Stations, Metra Stations have RPP requirements. And it makes sense.

    Do you want someone from a Suburb driving in to go to work; but they park their car in your neighborhood all day?

    PEA’s get daily “Thank Yous” from people that Live on RPP Streets. These people don’t want cars there if the owners don’t Live there/Are Visiting Family that live there.

    And People Cheat the Signs.

    6pm to 9am Zones or 6pm to 10am Zones or All Day Zones or 9am to 4pm Zones or 6pm to 2pm Zones…..People sneak in 20 or 30 minutes before the Restriction ends; and then whine when they get Ticketed for the Obvious Violation.

    Or People with Little to NO English Reading Comprehension skills (and I don’t actually mean Immigrants at the moment) complain “But I working here.” I agree with the City Clerk. After 30 years, a review and streamlining of the program is a good idea.

    But the abuses we PEA’s see is remarkable.

    Plastic Laminated Temp RPP’s with Erasable Ink.
    Dates written in Pencil that are Erased and Reused.
    People Using Temp RPP’s from 2009 or 2008 or 2007 or even farther back.

    I was in a RPP zone today…Evening to Morning period. And I went in 40 minutes before it shut down On Purpose. To Check for Cheaters. And you’d be surprised at the number of Cheaters we catch daily. Personally…I got 15 of them in a 3 block walk.

    As I tell people:

    If you need to run inside to get the Temp RPP…PUT YOUR BLINKERS ON.
    It covers your car for 15 minutes. That’s the Only Time having your Hazards on Protects you (We can Discuss Loading Zones at another time.)

  4. David says:

    The problem is that my taxes don’t just pay for the streets in my neighborhood, they pay for all of the streets. I have lived in very hard to park neighborhoods without RPP. You need to learn how to deal with it. I happen to live in an area which does NOT have an RPP, but is close to brown line and METRA stops (an easy walk). I don’t see a proliferation of folks from the suburbs driving into my neighborhood to park. But if they did, more power to them. I hate RPP zones and would love to see them go away. In the alternative, I would love to see the enforcement in the zones defunded.

  5. Lance Uppercut says:

    I live on a street (Printer’s Row/South Loop) that is not covered by RPP zone. I’d like to see this program extended/blended to incorporate metered parking spots . . . something that would allow residents to park here during non-peak hours.

    I’m not holding my breath.

  6. The Parking Ticket Geek says:


    Good info.

    The tip on putting your blinkers on is something even I didn’t know until recently. GREAT tip.

    I personally think in general, RPP is a terrible concept. I don’t really care if someone lives in a congested area. Residents DO NOT own the street.

    RPP needs to be scaled back severely.

  7. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Right on David!

    I’m with you.

    For whatever reason, thankfully, I have never lived on an RPP street and would fight it if anyone tried to get it. However, for the past 10 years, I’ve lived surrounded by RPP zones which pushes cars onto our street. But I don’t go boo-hooing about it to the Alderman. I just deal with it.

    Dealing with parking congestion is the price drivers have to pay if they want to own a car in the city. If you don’t like it, ditch the car or pay for private parking and stop your whining. Drivers are not entitled to the privilege of parking on the street in front of their domicile.

  8. Lynn Stevens says:

    There is a law on the books that requires the Dept. of Revenue to review RPP zones in effect prior to (I think March of) 1998. If DOR complied with the law, some of the issues might be alleviated.

    9-64-085 Review of existing residential parking permit.
    (a) The director of revenue shall review, according to a schedule to be determined by the director, all residential parking permit zones created before the effective date of this ordinance that either: (1) are less than three blocks in size, or (2) restrict parking for 24 hours a day.

    (b) Upon initiating such a review, the director of revenue shall notify and solicit comments from each alderman in whose ward part or all of the residential parking permit zone under review is located, and shall also notify the residents in the residential parking permit zone under review who are holders of the city wheel tax license emblem issued pursuant to Section 3-56-070 of this Code. Such notice shall describe the geographical area and time periods of parking restriction of the zone under review, and shall describe the petition procedure set forth in subsection (c) of this section for voluntary revocation or time period reduction of the zone.

    In conducting his review, the director of revenue shall determine whether:

    (1) At least 80 percent of the occupied frontage, at ground level, of each block in the residential parking permit zone under review is in use for residence purposes.

    (2) At least 75 percent of available on-street parking in the residential parking permit zone under review is being used during the time periods that parking is restricted, as determined by a parking study.

    If the director concludes that both of the above conditions are met, the director shall recommend to the city council that the zone be continued. If the director concludes that both of the above conditions are not met, the director shall recommend to the city council that the zone be revoked or modified. A vote of the city council shall be required to revoke or modify a residential parking permit zone pursuant to this section.

    (c) Subject to the approval of the city council, a residential parking permit zone created before the effective date of this ordinance may be voluntarily revoked by submitting to the director a petition, requesting revocation of part or all of the zone and signed and dated by at least 51 percent of the residents in the zone who are holders of the city wheel tax license emblem issued pursuant to Section 3-56-070 of this Code. If the petition requests revocation of only part of a residential parking permit zone, the size of the remaining zone must be at least a block, and if more than one block, all blocks in the remaining zone must be contiguous. Any signature on the petition, to be valid, must be dated within a year of the date the petition is submitted to the director.

    Subject to the approval of the city council, the time periods that parking is restricted in a residential parking permit zone created before the effective date of this ordinance may be voluntarily reduced by submitting to the director a petition, requesting a reduction in such time periods and signed and dated by at least 51 percent of the residents in the zone who are holders of the city wheel tax license emblem issued pursuant to Section 3-56-070 of this Code. Any signature on the petition, to be valid, must be dated within a year of the date the petition is submitted to the director.

    (d) Upon the revocation or modification of a residential parking permit zone pursuant to this section, the commissioner of transportation shall remove or modify the pertinent parking zone signage, as appropriate.

    (e) As used in this section, the term “block” shall mean both sides of any street between street intersections.

  9. DoR Employee says:

    Geek…its not just the price people pay to Own a car in this city.

    What I want to know is…Why do people NEED more than 1 Car with all the Transit options there are?

    We have this house on my block…they have 4 cars; in their yard.

    And 2 others that are always parked in front of their house….

  10. Simon Puffer says:

    What everyone seems to forget is the utter failure the city has been in controlling rental properties with multiple tenants in residentially zoned areas. I live on the southwest side by Midway Airport and a great majority have subletted their property against the law. Thats why there’s RPP because the city failed to act initially and the politicians don’t really live in these areas for it to bother them. Why should they care to fix anything when you keep reelecting these crooks no matter how incompetant they are?

  11. B says:

    Once again, thank the parking meter deal. Before, people could come home from work, park for the evening at a meter, and be gone again by 9am the next morning. Now they can’t. So they’re pushed into areas without meters, which ticks off the people living in the area, and then more desire for RP zones.

    The city essentially gave away one of the levers of control on traffic and parking in the city.

  12. GG says:

    Can I reuse a Chicago Daily Parking Pass? How do they check the
    passes on the windshield? What purpose does the barcode serve?

  13. DoR Employee says:


    Don’t re-use a Temp RPP at all.

    The Check is a Visual Inspection of the Paper Temp Pass.

    The Bar Code is scanned to attach the Temp permit number to the Ticket if a RPP violation ticket is issued.

    Tape over the Date & Time area? Ticket for “Altered Temp RPP”

    Eraser marks on the Temp? Ticket for “reused RPP. Pencil/Pen Erased”

    We see all the tricks.

  14. Joe says:

    Interesting this thread pops back up. How much progress have they made on reforming the RPP?

    I don’t so much mind it because my zone is 143, which covers most of Lincoln Park, so I can still park in other areas of the zone.

  15. Peanut says:

    Hello, I recently inherited property on the south side of Chicago Zone 269. I don’t live in Chicago but I will need to be there multiple times throught the upcoming year. What can I do to about parking. The former resident is deceased. I can’t purchase daily parking passes or city stickers because I am not a resident. I am unable to walk the distance between the house & the non zoned areas. I also have a need to have the vehicle near to load it. Are there any temporary/semi permanent stickers available to non resident property owners? If not do I have any other options?

  16. The Parking Ticket Geek says:


    Several possibilities.

    First, maybe a neighbor will buy a book of guest passes for you. Residents are allowed up to 30 per month.

    Another thing to do is to talk the local alderman’s office. Explain the situation to them. They have the power to sell you guest passes and/or give you a special sticker to allow you to park in the zone legally.

  17. A1 says:

    Caught a ticket officer about to put a ticket on my car and I had a properly displayed temp parking pass. When coming out a seeing this I asked what was she doing I have a sticker in the window. She replies ” I did feel like going around to the other side to see if you had one” Are you kidding me??? So this is the reason why I have recieved several other tickets for parking over there with permit. They are too lazy to do their job? What can be done?

  18. B-man says:

    I totally agree with the anti RPP folks in this chain. The RPP has become a perk or status among the so called affluent and well connected people who think they are privileged to have an entire street reserved just for them. The public street parking in this city means just that, public, open to all who live here. I should not have to get a special temp pass just to visit a friend who does not live in my neighborhood.

  19. DoR Employee says:

    I think RPP has gotten out of hand as well.

    Over 1450 Different Zones in the city.

    It would be simpler to do the RPP by Ward.

  20. Noelle Smith says:

    My block has just been notified that we have become a residential parking zone, only problem is, many of us never signed a poll for it and feel like this was done dishonestly by the block club president and the alderman. We feel like we have been forced into this. Our block is not anywhere near downtown or an entertainment venue that causes parking problems. We feel like many of our names were forged and want to know what we can do to reverse or remove this.

  21. peter says:

    I live in lincoln park 143 parking zone and it is a nightmare to find parking during our 6pm-12pm residential parking only times. I have caught many employees using our passes week after week and I have informed the alderman for 6 months now with no luck. People who are against it do not understand what we deal with. I know for a fact nobody would want drunks driving in their neighborhoods attempting to park their cars. This is ever growing problem that needs serious attention brought to it.

  22. Jeff says:

    Uptown residents want permit parking, after state employees start parking in the area:

  23. Drew. says:

    Not a surprise Jeff.

    I am more and more of the opinion that every ward should be a specific RPP #.

    50 Wards…50 Numbers..and if you don’t have the City Sticker or Temp Pass with the correct number, you can’t park on the residential streets.

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