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Applying for Critical Parking Permits

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


A Valid Driver’s License Required to Purchase a Permit
A valid Driver’s License is required to purchase a Critical Parking Permit. Instruction Permits are not sufficient. A Driver’s License or valid ID is required for all visitor or service permits.

Required Proof of Residency to Purchase a Permit:

Permit Application


  1. Determine that you meet the requirements,
  2. Gather information you'll need: Your vehicle information (make, model and year) and your license plate number
  3. Download and complete the Critical Parking Permit (CPA) Application (PDF) 
  4. Decide if you prefer to apply in person or apply by mail.

Please note:

Apply in Person

Location and Hours

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

Permit Counter hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cash or checks are accepted. Credit cards are accepted for purchases made in person at the Minneapolis Development Review permit counter.

Apply by Mail

Send completed form with these 3 things: (1) copy of driver’s license, (2) proof of residency, and (3) a check or money order in the correct amount.

Mail the information to:

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

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

Authorization for Business to Purchase Permits

Instead of proof of residency, a business must write a letter, on the business’s letterhead, authorizing the person applying for a permit. 

The letter must contain:

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

Permit Fees






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.


Permit renewals are typically handled by mail. Permit holders will be sent a renewal notice with fee indicated for the next year’s permit. Return your signed renewal form including a check or money order for the appropriate fee indicated on your renewal form. In-person renewals can be done at the Minneapolis Development Review permit counter. 

All renewals must include the renewal slip mailed prior to expiration. If you do not have a renewal form you will need to complete an application and provide proof of residency as noted in the Permit Application section above. A driver's license is not considered proof of residency for renewals. 

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.

Last updated Oct 3, 2018



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