What the changes to the Pittsburgh residential parking permit program mean to you

Pittsburgh City Council this week passed changes to the city’s Residential Parking Permit Program (RPP) for the first time in decades. For residents living in these areas, the new legislation may bring some changes.

For visitors and non-residents:

  • Residents can only have one visitor’s permit per unit
  • Visitor permits can only be used for a maximum of three consecutive days during the hours of application. At least one day is required between visits if the stay is longer than three days. The maximum length of time allowed for a vehicle on a visitor’s permit is 12 days per month.
  • A permit may be issued to cover a resident’s regular visitors if they are health care workers (after the patient’s doctor has sent a letter confirming that home care is required), an entrepreneur, an educator or an owner or manager of a rental property. These visitors must register their vehicles.
  • Some licensed parking areas can become “hybrid” zones that include parking meters for use by non-residents, instead of being allowed to park for free for a period of time.

For short term rental properties like Airbnbs:

  • Owners must apply for an annual permit to obtain parking passes for guests
  • No more than two passes can be granted to guests at any one time
  • Passes will be $ 5 per vehicle
  • Passes will be valid for up to one week, but a car that receives one cannot park in an RPP zone for more than 8 weeks per year

New Ways to Apply for a RPP and Visitor Permit:

  • RPPs, visitor and non-resident permits can now be assigned virtually and tracked digitally (although the board says it will take a few months for the live site to go live)
  • Data entered under the program will not be shared with law enforcement “unless required by federal or state law” or to create any type of surveillance
  • Visitor permit information will only be kept for a maximum of 30 days

The fees for obtaining a parking permit remain the same at $ 20, with a visitor’s permit at $ 1; residents who replace their vehicles can receive a duplicate license for the new vehicle at no additional cost. Only one permit can be issued for a given resident’s vehicle, unless a resident owns a business in another permit area.
The penalties for parking without a permit exceeding the time limit will still cost up to $ 45.

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