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For most single-family affected households, the number of permits available is 4 residential and 2 guests. However, please check with the Treasurer’s Office (434-970-3146) for the number available for your specific address. For multifamily properties, the number of available permits is determined by several factors, including the number of units. Permits are available on a first-come, first serve basis for affected households. Again, please call for more information.
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In order to reduce or prevent congestion and hazardous traffic conditions in residential areas, to protect these areas from polluted air, excessive noise, and other adverse environmental impacts of automobile commuting, to protect the residents of these areas from unreasonable burdens in gaining access to their property, and to preserve the residential character of such areas and the property value therein (Section 15-201).
Residents of most affected households may obtain permits by application through the City Treasurer’s Office (970-3146; City Hall, 605 East Main Street, 1st floor). Please call the Treasurer’s Office in order to determine the necessary proof of residency and vehicle ownership requirements. However, certain specified multifamily households, such as apartment buildings, may have to apply for permits through an owner/ agent designated by the property owner. Again please call 970-3146 for details regarding specific addresses.
Both residential and guest permits cost $25 each; certain households, upon survey by the city traffic engineer, may be eligible for up to 2 no-charge permits if they are determined to not have off-street parking spaces. Please call the City Treasurer’s Office 434-970-3146 to determine if your household meets this definition.
Yes; in fact, city code requires that residential permits be surrendered whenever the holder of such a permit moves from that address. If you move away from a permit address and do not surrender your permit, you are locking up that space for any future residents or tenants of that property.
No; permits are available only to residents of these areas, and are not for sale to commuters, students, or other non-residents.
No, guest permits are for the use of bona-fide guests only, to be used by someone who visits the resident(s) at that household for a relatively short period of time and who needs a temporary place to park. Tickets will be issued to vehicles determined to be in violation.
Vehicles to which a residential permit have been issued may park only in the block and street designated on the permit itself, and may not park in any other zone, street, or block. Zone permits do not guarantee the right to a space, but only the right to park in a particular block of a particular street should the space be available.
Residential permits must be displayed in the lower left hand corner of the rear window (immediately behind the driver, at the bottom left). This placement aids enforcement. Guest permits must be hung from the rear-view mirror, with the address side facing out. Please note that tickets cannot be dismissed on the basis that a permit had been purchased but was not displayed properly in a guest’s vehicle.
$25 if the fine is paid within 96 hours of ticket issue. Fines double if not paid within this time period. Fines unpaid after a specified length of time will result in collective action by our office.
Residential decals, if destroyed or lost, may be re-issued within the same permit year, upon written explanation, satisfactory to the city treasurer, and upon payment of an additional $25 fee. However, please note that guest permits may not be reissued under any circumstances if lost, stolen, or destroyed.
If your residential permit is stolen from your vehicle, or destroyed in an accident, you must complete an affidavit certifying that fact and apply for a replacement permit (cost: $25). The treasurer’s office may request accompanying certification such as a police report or insurance claim.
A person who continues to reside at the same address, upon disposing of a vehicle for which a permit has been issued, may obtain a new permit for a replacement vehicle upon surrender of the previous permit and application for a new permit for the replacement vehicle. This transaction shall be deemed a "transfer" of the permit. The transfer fee is $2.