Residential Parking Permit Program

The Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) is a way to give residents of a designated area a better chance to park near their homes. Designated areas must meet certain impaction criteria. Generally, areas around major institutions (hospitals, universities, etc.) are impacted. This will not guarantee anyone a parking space.

The Recertification Process

Every four (4) years the City of Pittsburgh is required to recertify each Residential Parking Permit Program district.  The purpose of re-certification is to certify the continued existence of the primary impactor on which the original designation was based and certify that seventy (70) percent of households, by petition, survey or combination thereof, still desire participation in the program.

The re-certification process includes a community meeting with current permit holders, a questionnaire mailed to every permit holder, a parking survey, and submission of a re-certification report to the City Planning Commission and City Council.

2015 Re-Certification Reports

Designation Criteria

To be eligible for RPPP a new district must meet the following criteria before and during the designation process:

  • Include 10 block faces or 100 parking spaces that petitioned at least 70% of households in favor of RPPP
  • The extent of the desire or the need of the residents for residential parking and their willingness to bear the administrative cost
  • That the residents cannot be accommodated by the number of off-street parking spaces
  • At least 75% of legal on-street parking spaces are utilized during peak periods
  • At least 15% of the current spaces are utilized by nonresidents for more that 2 hours

The RPP Code defines a block face as:

“All properties on one (1) side of a given street existing between two (2) consecutive intersecting streets,” (sect 549.02 (a)). 

The block face qualification is easy to determine as it only requires counting, whereas the 100 parking space qualification involves going out and measuring the length of the block, minus any curb cuts, spaces signed No Parking, spaces adjacent to fire hydrants, and the five feet in front of a stop sign.  The Department of Public Works generally places meters at 22 feet.

The extent and desire of the residents is determined by the petition drive.  At least 70% of households per block must be in favor of RPPP.  During the petition drive, a block includes both sides of a street.

Whether a block can be accommodated by off-street parking spaces, the percentage of legal on-street parking spaces that are utilized during peak periods, and the percentage of current spaces utilized by nonresidents are all determined by the required Parking Survey.

The full Designation Process is connected through this link.

Motor Vehicle Weight Restrictions by Ordinance

  • Motor vehicles that have a registered gross weight of six thousand (6,000) to ten thousand (10,000) pounds must submit a notarized letter from the vehicle owner for verification of necessity of use in the residential parking permit area. (Ord. 2-1991, eff. 2-4-91)
  • Motor vehicles with registered gross weight over ten thousand (10,000) pounds are prohibited from having a parking permit. (Ord. 2-1991, eff. 2-4-91)

Purchase Restrictions by Ordinance

  • Parking Permits:  Parking permits shall be issued by the group or agency designated by the Department of Public Works or Parking Permit Officer. No more than one (1) parking permit shall be issued to each motor vehicle for which an application is made. A resident of one parking permit district, who owns a business in another parking permit district shall be authorized to purchase two (2) parking permits, one (1) permit for each affected permit parking district for their motor vehicle.  The Parking Permit Officer is authorized to issue rules and regulations not inconsistent with this Chapter governing the manner in which the person shall qualify for parking permits. (Ord. 30-1981, eff. 9-22-81, revised eff. 2-25-14)
  • Commercial Properties:  A person who owns or leases commercial property and actively engages in a business activity within a residential parking permit area. However, not more than one (1) parking permit may be issued for each business establishment where a motor vehicle is registered to or under control of a person.  (Ord. 30-1981, eff. 9-22-81)
  • Visitor's Pass:  The agency or group designated by the Parking Permit Officers is authorized upon application to issue no more than one (1) visitor parking permit per household or business of residential parking permit areas for use of bonafide transient visitors therein. The visitor's permits shall have all rights and privileges of a regular permit, except that use by the same vehicle shall be limited to no more than three (3) consecutive weekdays in a month unless additional use is approved by the enforcement office.  (Ord. 13-1993, eff. 5-25-93; Ord. No. 6-2008, § 2, eff. 5-27-08)
  • Up to three (3) unrelated persons by blood or marriage living together in an individual household unit will be able to purchase parking permits under the definition of a family by the City of Pittsburgh:
    • A group of not more than three (3) persons who need not be related by blood or marriage or adoption, living together as a single housekeeping unit in a dwelling unit, and shared common facilities as considered reasonably appropriate for a family related by blood, marriage or adoption; in either case exclusive of usual servants.  (Ord. 23-2001, § 3, eff. 11-30-01; Ord. 21-2002, § 27, eff. 6-18-02; Ord. 22-2002, § 1K, eff. 6-25-02; Ord. No. 2-2005, §§ 1A, 1B, eff. 1-25-05; Ord. 39-2005, § 1D, eff. 12-30-05; Ord. 40-2005, § 1A, eff. 12-30-05; Ord. 42-2005, §§ 40, 41, eff. 12-30-05; Ord. No. 19-2010, § 2A, eff. 6-17-10)

Meeting Information

For more information on upcoming meetings, please call 412-393-0162 or email ashley.holloway@pittsburghpa.gov.

Bloomfield & Garfield  - Permit Areas "BB" and "I"
Re-certification Meeting
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:30pm
West Penn Hospital - Winter Garden Auditorium 
4800 Friendship Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Please note: The Pittsburgh Parking Authority and the City of Pittsburgh are totally separate entities. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is not a division of City government.


Questions about purchasing a permit, what documents are needed to purchase a permit, and/or enforcement:

Permit Office
Pittsburgh Parking Authority
232 Boulevard of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-560-2500 or 412-560-2501
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Permit Parking?
    • Permit parking is a way to give residents of a designated area a better chance to park near their homes. 
    • Designated areas must meet certain impaction criteria. 
    • Generally, areas around major institutions (hospitals, universities, etc.) are impacted. 
    • This will not guarantee anyone a parking space.
  2. How does the Permit Parking Program work?
    • Individuals who own cars with permits are permitted to park anywhere in the Program area all day and night
      • Except for local restrictions such as street cleaning, no parking, etc. 
    • Those without a permit may park for only a limited amount of time, which may be no more than a two (2) hour period, as determined by residents and parking surveys.
  3. Who will be able to get a Permit?
    • Anyone who can prove they live in the district and prove they own a motor vehicle. 
    • Every car owned by any resident of the Program area may have a permit. 
    • You may not sell, give away, nor transfer a permit. 
    • Businesses within a permit zone will be entitled to only one permit and one visitor’s pass.
  4. What about visitors?
    • Each household within the Program area is permitted one (1) visitor’s pass. 
    • The visitor’s pass carries the same rights as a permit. 
    • The visitor’s pass is not for anyone who wants to borrow it. 
    • It must be for a transient visitor within the residential parking permit program area. 
    • It may not be used for a resident’s own vehicle or more than three (3) consecutive days for the same vehicle.
  5. At what time of day will the restriction apply?
    • A parking management plan is devised for each residential parking permit program area. 
    • It attempts to address the problems created by the impacting institution or other source. 
    • Restrictions are usually during the daytime.
    • After the Program expires for the day, however, people can park normally.
  6. How much will a Permit cost?
    • The administrative fee for a parking permit is $20.00 per vehicle per Program year and the visitor’s pass administrative fee is $1.00 per household per Program year.
  7. Can I still use my valid permit after moving out of the Permit Zone?
    • No, your permit is only be used while you're a legal resident living within that permit zone.