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Residential Parking Permits

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To apply for 2023-24 Residential Parking Permits, click here.

For a list of residential streets and zones, click here.

Documentation required:

  • Proof of residency (homeowners: tax and fee bill, utility bill, etc; renters: signed and executed lease with address and term of occupancy legible)
  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration(s)

(To apply for guest permit(s) only, enter “guest only” or “n/a” in license plate field, choose any valid option for vehicle year, make, etc.  License still required, may be uploaded twice in place of vehicle registration.)

Enforcement of all Residential Permit restrictions will resume August 22, 2023.  All other parking/safety restrictions remain in effect and will be enforced.

Payment Instructions

If your permit application is approved, you will receive an emailed/mailed notice with payment instructions.  To pay your permits online, you must use our ticket portal.  For administrative reasons, your outstanding permit balance will be stored as a parking ticket(s) and can be paid following the same instructions as for a ticket.  To search the outstanding permit, the permit ID from your notice will be the “ticket number.”

Permit Information

The Town of Chapel Hill currently has 16 residential parking districts which require Residential Parking Permits for on-street parking. To be eligible, you must live in a designated residential parking district. Applicants may apply for a residential parking permit if:

  • an applicant resides on a street where parking is prohibited and
  • the applicant has no practical way of parking off of the street.

The number of permits may not exceed the number of licensed vehicles registered to the residence address and no more than five permits shall be in effect at the same time for the same lot, regardless of the number of housing units on the lot. Permits are permanently affixed to the vehicle and are not transferable. All residential permits must be displayed within the vehicle to which it is assigned.
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Terms and Fees
Residential Parking Permits are $25.00 per decal ($15.00 if purchased after January or later within the permit year). All permits will expire July 1st of each year no matter when the permit is received.
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New Applicants for a Residential Parking Permit
All applicants will be required to provide proof that they reside within the residential parking permit zone by providing proof of the following:

If you are renting or leasing the property:

  • Valid motor vehicle registration card, that has your name or the name of your parents
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current lease agreement with names of tenants and signatures

If you own the property:

  • Valid motor vehicle registration card, that has your name or the name of your parents
  • Valid driver’s license
  • A current utility bill with your name and address OR a deed of ownership
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Restrictions and Exclusions
Permits are only valid in areas where signs are posted for permit parking, and only those posted with the zone letter for which the permit is issued. For example, a permit issued for Zone A is not valid in Zone C. Permit holders are exempt only from posted time limits in Residential Parking zones. They are still required to comply with all other regulations, such as no parking zones, fire hydrants, etc.

Parking is not allowed on sidewalks or lawns, nor in areas of the front and side yards that do not have concrete, asphalt, or other approved surfaces. Vehicles are required to be parked on paved driveways or approved parking areas.
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Parking Services personnel regularly monitor residential parking permit zones. If you wish to report parking violations, please call the parking services at 919-968-2758. It is illegal to create, use, or display a false permit.
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Guest Permits
Guest permits allow for short-term parking within the residential parking zone and are not to be used on consecutive days within a period of over 24 hours. It is a hang tag that is displayed from the inside rear view mirror that can be given to a guest when they come to visit. Keep the permit for your next guest that visits you!  Misuse of guest permits may result in fines and penalties in addition to forfeiture of both guest permits. Guest permits that are forfeited due to misuse will not be reissued for a period of 12 months.
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Special Events
If you are planning to have a special event, such as a wedding, party, or event, please contact the Parking Services at (919) 968-2758, at least five days in advance. Please let us know the date, time and the number of vehicles you expect. We’ll share the information with our parking enforcement and operations staff, because we do not want to give tickets to your guests!
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Annual In-Home Care Permits
Residents or family members who live any of the Town’s Residential Parking Permit Zones who have babysitters, caregivers, or who have disabilities or medical conditions requiring in-home care services may be eligible for In-Home Care Permits for a fee of $10.00.

Please apply via email to with proof of residence and allow 2-3 business days for processing.
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Changes to Residence or Vehicle
If a permit holder relocates to a different dwelling unit within the same residential parking zone, or within another residential parking zone, please notify us by calling 919-968-2758 or emailing Necessary changes will be made to the applicable permits.

Please let us know if you sell your vehicle and no longer require a permit. A permit holder who changes vehicles or license plates must notify the Town and provide the required documentation. A new permit will then be issued.
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Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Permits
Please call our parking office at 919-968-2758 and provide an insurance claim, police report, or other documents confirming it was stolen.

Lost or damaged permits are replaced for $15, and there is a limit of one replacement per year.


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