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Critical Parking Permits

Critical Parking Areas are residential on-street permit parking areas that are intended to provide relief to neighborhood residents from parked vehicles by persons who have no association with the residents or businesses in the neighborhood. Critical Parking Permits are available only for licensed drivers who are residents and businesses at qualified addresses. Participation is optional. It is not necessary for residents or businesses to purchase a Critical Parking Permit if they do not plan to park on the street during restricted hours.

How to apply

Apply by following the directions below.


Applying in person

Minneapolis Development Review
250 S 4th St Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(Free parking in back)
Phone: (612) 673-3000

Permit counter hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8a.m.-4p.m.
Thursday: 9a.m.-4p.m.

Required documentation

To complete the application you’ll need:

Critical Parking Permits assigned to a business are not transferable between individuals. For questions, contact Traffic & Parking Services, (612) 673-2886.


Applying by mail

Send completed form with copy of driver’s license, proof of residency, and a check or money order, in the correct amount for the permits you are requesting, to:

Traffic & Parking Services
Hawthorne Transportation Center
33 North 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Make check or money order payable to: Minneapolis Finance Department.


More about Critical Parking Permits

Permit eligibility

To be eligible you must be a licensed driver who lives at, or operates a business, within a Critical Parking Area. Check the Critical Parking Area Maps to verify that you live in a designated area..

Number of Permits Allowed:


Critical Parking




2 Per Licensed Driver

1 Per Dwelling Unit

1 Per Dwelling Unit


2 Per Business
Their choice (e.g. one regular and one visitor,
one regular and one service, two regular, etc.)



Visitor and service permits are allowed in most areas with the exception of Areas 7, 9, 10 and the schools and fraternities.

Check Critical Parking Area Maps to verify that you live in, or your business is in, a designated area.

Duration of permit

Critical Parking Permits are good for up to one year. All permits for a particular area expire at the same time. If you purchase a permit in August--and your area’s permits expire in January--you will need to renew your permit in January.

The following pro-rated fee schedule applies to Critical Parking Permits:

  • $25.00 for permits purchased during the first 6 months of the permit cycle;
  • $15.00 for permits purchased during the second 5 months of the permit cycle;
  • A 1 month grace period prior to the annual renewal date will be given for new permits issued.


Permit renewals are handled by mail. Permit holders will be sent a renewal notice with fee indicated for the next year’s permit.

Renewal notices are sent by mail 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 Traffic & Parking Services for additional information.

Permit fees

Cash or checks are accepted. Make checks or money orders payable to Minneapolis Finance Department. Credit cards are accepted for purchases made in person at the Minneapolis Development Review permit counter.






Up to 1 Year



1 Year



Up to 1 Year



Up to 1 Year



2 to 30 Days



1 Day

*In a newly-established or newly-modified area, there is an additional $10 surcharge for 1 year. When mailing your application for the first time, please call (612) 673-2886 to verify whether or not the additional fee is needed.

Visitor and Service Vehicle Permits

Residents or businesses within a Critical Parking Area may also purchase a Visitor Permit or Service Vehicle Permit.

These permits cost $10 each and have the same expiration date as regular Critical Parking Permits (1 year).

These permits are transferable.

The resident or business is responsible for retaining the permit when not in use.

Visitor or Service Vehicle Permits may not be used on a resident's vehicle.

Residents or businesses may NOT re-sell permits.

Purchasing a permit is optional. Vehicles without permits are subject to the posted parking restrictions.

Temporary Parking Permits

Additional Temporary Permits are available to qualified residents. If you need to park a vehicle other than the one you've permitted--for example, you have a rental car while your car is in the shop--you may purchase a temporary permit. It is also possible to purchase a permit for guests and/or service vehicles without purchasing a permit for your vehicles. Many times people have off street parking for their own vehicles but need to have street parking for guests.

Cost: $2.00 for 1 day, or $5.00 for up to 30 days.

Temporary permits must be purchased in person.

Minneapolis Development Review
250 S 4th St Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(Free parking in back)
Phone: (612) 673-3000

Permit counter hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8a.m.-4p.m.
Thursday: 9a.m.-4p.m.

Businesses are not eligible for temporary permits.

Find more information on Temporary Permits from Parking Services.

In case of selling a vehicle

Critical Parking Permits are not transferable to another person or vehicle. If you sell your vehicle, a duplicate sticker can be purchased for $25.00.

Permit placement

Critical Parking Permit:

  • You must place the sticker on or near the rear bumper of the vehicle as close as possible to the license plate. Placing your sticker incorrectly will result in a ticket.
  • Stickers are not transferable. If you sell your vehicle, a duplicate sticker can be purchased for $25.00.
  • Cold or humid conditions may reduce the permits ability to stick. Make sure your bumper is clean and dry before affixing sticker.

Visitor and Service Vehicle Permits:

  • Visitor and Service Permits must be placed in the front window on the driver’s side. Rest the permit on the dash board or prop it against the windshield so that it can be easily read from outside. 
  • Failure to place your permit properly will result in a ticket.


Vehicle restrictions

It is illegal to use Critical Parking Permits for commercial vehicles, trailers, taxis cabs, buses, or recreational vehicles.

More Information

Learn more about Critical Parking Permits from Parking Services.


Last updated Apr 17, 2019



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