Applying for Critical Parking Permits
To qualify you must be a licensed driver who lives at, or operates a business, within a Critical Parking Area. To get started, please Critical Parking Permitting site. During account creation you will be asked to enter your address. If the address is not located in a Critical Parking Area you will not be allowed to continue with the application.
You may also use the Critical Parking Area interactive map
A valid government issued ID is required to purchase a permit along with additional supporting documents.
Required proof of residency to purchase a permit:
If your ID's current address matches the valid Critical Parking Area address on the application, only one other form of proof is required (see below). If the address does not match, then two additional forms are required from the following:
- A signed lease with resident's name and address matching the name and valid Critical Parking Area address on the application
- Another form of proof, such as a utility bill, credit card bill, insurance statement or similar bill with the name and address matching the name and valid Critical Parking Area address on the application.
- Determine that you meet the requirements.
- Gather information you'll need: Your vehicle information (make, model and year) and your license plate number.
- Create an account on the Critical Parking Permitting site.
- Enter your address (this will verify you reside at an eligible address).
- Select your desired permits and enter your vehicle information.
- Upload the documents indicated.
- Pay and await notification that your application has been approved.
If you can access the site but need to pay with cash or check, we encourage you to use the Critical Parking Permitting site and then complete your transaction in person or by mail.
A false application is grounds for revocation of the permit and is punishable pursuant to Section 1.30 of the Minneapolis City Code: "Every person convicted of a violation of a provision of the traffic code, which regulates the standing or parking of vehicles, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100.00."
Location and Hours
33 North 9th Street - Lower Level
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Service desk hours:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cash, checks or money orders are accepted. Make your check or money order payable to Minneapolis Critical Parking.
We strongly encourage printing and filling out the Critical Parking Area Permit application form (PDF) prior to arriving.
Paid parking is available at on-street parking meters along 1st Avenue or in the Hawthorne Transportation Center parking ramp.
Print and fill out the Critical Parking Area Permit application form (PDF) and enclose copies of your required documents, along with a check or money order and mail to:
Minneapolis Critical Parking
33 North 9th Street - Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Make check or money order payable to: Minneapolis Critical Parking.
Authorization for Business to Purchase Permits
Instead of proof of residency, a business must write a letter, on the business’s letterhead, authorizing the person applying for a permit.
The letter must contain:
- The name and driver’s license number of each person applying for a permit
- Make, model and year of each person’s vehicle
- License plate number of each vehicle
Critical Parking Permits assigned to a business are not transferable between individuals. For questions, contact Traffic & Parking Services, 612-673-2886.
|New* or Renewal||$25||1 calendar year|
|Visitor||$10||1 calendar year|
|Service||$10||1 calendar year|
|Temporary (2-30 day)||$5||2 to 30 days|
|Temporary (1 day)||$2||1 day|
All permit applications for the new system will be treated as “new” applications and will require full documentation review and the creation of an account on the site. Renewal notices are emailed to account holders through the email address that was entered upon account creation. For those that are unable to utilize the website, renewal notices will be mailed to their address on file.
Renewal notices are sent approximately one month prior to the expiration date. If your permit expires at the end of March, you should receive a renewal notice by March 1st. If a notice is not received, please contact the customer service line at (877) 817-3745.
Last updated Oct 31, 2019