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:
- If Driver’s License has current address that matches the valid Critical Parking Area address on the application, no other form of proof is required.
- If Driver’s License does not show current address or does not match the valid Critical Parking Area address on the application, the following is required as proof of residence:
- A signed lease with resident’s name and address matching the name and valid Critical Parking Area address on the application, or
- Another form of proof, such as utility bill, credit card bill, insurance statement, or similar bill with the name and address matching the name and valid Critical Parking Area address on the application.
- Determine that you meet the requirements,
- Gather information you'll need: Your vehicle information (make, model and year) and your license plate number
- Download and complete the Critical Parking Permit (CPA) Application (PDF)
- Decide if you prefer to apply in person or apply by mail.
- You will need one form per permit is required for vehicle permits. Visitor and/or service permits can be included on the vehicle permit application or applied for with the CPA application.
- A false application is grounds for revocation of the permit and is punishable pursuant to Section 1.30 of the Minneapolis City Code: "Every person convicted of a violation of a provision of the traffic code, which regulates the standing or parking of vehicles, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100.00."
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:
- The name and driver’s license number of each person applying for a permit
- Make, model and year of each person’s vehicle
- License plate number of each vehicle
Critical Parking Permits assigned to a business are not transferable between individuals. For questions, contact Traffic & Parking Services, 612-673-2886.
Up to 1 Year
Up to 1 Year
Up to 1 Year
2 to 30 Days
*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