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.