Residential Permit Parking Program

The following questions are general questions about the Residential Permit Parking Program (RPPP).
They are intended to provide general information about the program.

Here are the questions:

1. What is a Residential Permit Parking Program?

Residential Permit Parking Districts are parking zones/areas or districts in residential areas that specifically limit on-street parking to area residents with a permit. The designation process is initiated by a petition signed by residents living in a residential neighborhood impacted by non-residential parkers and presented to the City Engineer. Upon receipt of a petition, City staff verifies the petition and undertakes surveys or studies as deemed necessary to determine whether a street or area should be designated as a Residential Permit Parking zone or district.

2. Who decides what areas become permit parking?

Residential Permit Parking Districts are initiated at the request of residents who petition the City. If the petition represents a majority of the residential dwelling units on a street, a study of parking occupancy and use in the neighborhood will be completed. The results of the study will then be presented at public hearings before the Traffic Commission and the City Council, who ultimately approve the boundaries of the district. The City provides petition forms required for residents to complete petitions, but City staff will not be available to assist residents in obtaining signatures on petitions.

3. Who decides what the parking regulations will be?

The parking regulations adopted will be the result of input from the community process, studies and public hearings held before the Traffic Commission, and the City Council. The City Council adopts by resolution parking regulations pertaining to each permit district based on the input from the community process, study data collected, and information presented at the public hearings.

4. How is the area established for a District?

Once a petition is received by the City requesting a review for establishing a permit district, the City undertakes a study of the impacted neighborhood to understand the degree of the impact, days and hours of the influence and determine what entities are causing the parking impacts in the affected areas. If the study provides sufficient evidence of an impacted area (zone where non-residential parking

is occurring), an area of influence (area which will become a spillover area where non-residential parking will shift if the program is implemented), and the days and hours of impact, a residential parking zone may be established upon approval by the City Council.

5. What are the District regulation times?

The regulation days and hours are established by the City Council. They are part of the resolution adopted by the Council establishing the Permit District. The regulation times are based on the input from the community process, study information collected and information presented at the public hearing. The regulations for the District are then provided in the Resolution adopted by the Council. Approved days and hours are posted on signs throughout each Permit District.

6. What are the types of permits that I am eligible to purchase?

Each household within any given permit district is eligible to purchase annual residential parking permits ($5; limit of four per household) and a $25 non-resident property owner parking permits (limit of one per household) which are assigned to the household (not vehicle specific).

7. Do we need a parking permit if they want to park on the street?

Yes. In order to park on residential streets posted with permit parking regulations, you must have a resident permit or non-resident property owner permit during regulation days and hours. However, available off-street parking (such as on a private driveway or garage), does not require a parking permit.

8. Where can residents park with permits?

Resident vehicles displaying permits may park anywhere in the District where signs controlling parking are posted. Vehicles with permits are not required to park on specific or designated streets. Permits are specific to the district established. For example, District 1 (Red) permits are not valid in other parking districts established in the City.

9. What information is required to obtain a parking a parking permit?

You must live within the boundaries of a permit parking district. In order to obtain a permit you are required to provide proof of residency, tenancy, or property ownership (such as a rental agreement, light/gas bill or other identification indicating applicant’s physical address) along with a current driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance information. The requirements for purchasing a permit are documented in the City’s Ordinance and/or Resolution.

10. Do I need to pay all outstanding parking citations prior to permit purchase?

Yes and no. The Parking & Enterprise Services Dept requires that all citations are either paid or contested prior to purchase of any residential parking permits. All delinquent tickets must be paid prior to permit purchase. Citations still within the contestable period (21 days from issuance or 14 days from notice) must be paid or contested prior to purchasing a residential parking permit.

11. Where do my guests park?

Household members may allow guests to use their residential parking permits. Guests must display a permit to park on residential streets per regulations for days and hours for the established permit District. Residents must obtain either an annual parking permit or special event exemption by calling (310) 412-8732.

Special event exemptions are days/times that City parking enforcement will not issue parking citations for pre-approved events (such as holiday celebrations, etc). Special event exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by a Parking Supervisor.

12. How are permits obtained?

Residents may apply for permits in person at Inglewood City Hall’s 2nd floor Traffic Desk. Call (310) 412-8732 for more information.

Parking permits will not be issued to any individual with outstanding parking tickets/citations or without a valid driver’s license (required for proof of identity and residency).

13. How much does a parking permit cost?

Listed below are residential parking permit fees:

Annual Resident Permit - $5 per calendar year

Annual Resident Permit Replacement - $25 per calendar year

Annual Non-Resident Property Owner Permit - $25 per calendar year

14. Why are fees charged for permits?

The program is a self-sustaining program with no funds provided from the City’s General Fund. The program is funded exclusively by permit fees collected. Fees collected are used to cover the costs of staffing for issuing permits, supplies, materials, signs, and markings and other services to support the program.

Additionally, from time to time, the City Council will review the revenues and costs for each residential parking permit district. In its review, the Council may increase the permit fees to maintain a self-sustaining program or discontinue the program for the district if it cannot continue to be self-sustaining.

15. Where must permits be displayed on vehicles?

For ease of visibility for enforcement personnel, permits must be displayed in designated areas on vehicles. The annual resident permits are “hangtag” permits and must be placed on the rearview mirror.

16. May I opt out of participating in the permit parking district?

If a resident has sufficient driveway and/or garage space, on-street parking may not be necessary. Residents living within a District are not required to purchase parking permits if they do not anticipate a

need to park their vehicles on residential streets during the regulation hours.

Additionally, once a permit parking district is established, there is no City ordinance allowing individual blocks to opt out of the permit parking district.

17. Can I get a waiver for residential permit parking fees?

No. The City does not offer waivers for parking permit fees. The $5 fee is lower than most, if not all, other cities in Southern California. Permit fees allow each residential parking permit program District to be self-sustaining with the cost of each permit program born by those that will benefit from it.

18. Does my permit exempt me from street sweeping or other parking regulations?

No. Residential permit holders are not exempt from any parking restrictions indicated by signs or curb markings and failure to comply with these restrictions may result in issuance of citation and/or permit revocation. Permit parking regulations are not enforced on holidays.

19. Do I need a permit if I have a disabled persons placard issued by the DMV?

No. Vehicles displaying a valid disabled placard/plate and disabled veterans placard/plates are exempt from permit parking restrictions. However, vehicles displaying disabled placards/plates are not exempt from other parking restrictions indicated by signs or curb markings.

20. Will my permit be valid in other Parking Districts established in the City?

No. Permits are non-transferable between parking districts. For example, a District 1 (Red) permit is only valid within the District 1 boundaries.

21. Does having a permit guarantee a space?

Possession of a parking permit does not guarantee or reserve an on-street parking space within the permit parking district. All on-street spaces are available to permit holders on a first-come basis.

22. Who provides enforcement?

The City of Inglewood has hired SERCO Inc. to provide enforcement. No other entity is allowed to issue parking citations within the City with the exception of Inglewood PD, LA County Sheriffs, and Inglewood Code Enforcement.

23. Who do I call when a vehicle is observed parking without a permit?

Residents may call the City’s Traffic Division at (310) 412-8732 to report illegal parking occurrences.

24. How much will citations cost for parking without a permit?

The City establishes citation penalty fees for a wide variety of infractions. The specific fee for a citation will depend upon the nature of the infraction.

Penalty schedules are updated from time to time. This may result in increased citation fees in the future. Citations not paid by the due date are subject to additional late fees.

25. Can a permit be revoked?

Yes. The City Engineer, the Chief of Police, and their designees are authorized to revoke parking permits of any person because of, but not limited to, any of the following grounds (see Resolution and Ordinance for complete information for rules regarding potential permit revocation):

1) Ineligibility for a permit under the terms of this Ordinance at the time of the application;

2) Ceasing to be eligible for permits during the term of the permit;

3) Failure to comply with or violating any condition imposed on the issuance of a permit; or

4) Failure to comply with or violation of any provision of the Ordinance or any related law or regulation.

5) Purchase of permit was made with a check that was returned due to insufficient funds.

26. Can I receive a citation if I forget to display a permit?

Yes. Citations are issued based on the vehicle evidence witnessed by Parking Enforcement personnel at the time of citation issuance. Citations will be issued to all vehicles parked within the District without a permit during District regulation hours. If a permit holder fails to display permits or displays them in a location on the vehicle other than what is indicated in the ordinance/resolution and/or instructions issued with the permit for display, citations will be issued.

27. Can I apply for a residential parking permit online?

Not at this time but the City of Inglewood is currently working on a residential parking permit website to allow purchase of parking permits online.

28. I lost my permit(s), how do I obtain a replacement permit?

An application for residential parking permit must be completed. Complete the Replacement Permit section. Replacement permits cost $25 each.

29. My permit was stolen, how do I obtain another one?

An application for residential parking permit must be completed. Complete the Replacement Permit section. Replacement permits cost $25 each.

30. I have a new vehicle, how do I obtain a replacement permit?

Permits are transferrable between vehicles. You do not need to obtain a new residential permit if you previously purchased a permit and still have it. However, if you do not currently have a residential parking permit and have not reached the four permit limit per household, you only have to pay $5 for a new residential parking permit. Otherwise, there is a $25 fee for lost or stolen permits.

31. I have a vehicle with temporary plates. How do I obtain a permit?

Yes. If you have recently purchased a new vehicle and only have temporary plates, you may still register for the resident permit. Simply enter the temporary plate number in the space for vehicle license plate field.

32. I have moved from the Permit District. What happens to my permit (s)?

If you move out of a permit district, your permits are no longer valid and must be returned to the City. Permits are not valid in any other district and cannot be transferred to someone else who either lives within the district or wants to park in the District.

33. I have a service person, (construction worker, landscaper, delivery, etc.) visiting my property, where do they park their vehicle?

Service vehicles readily identifiable as emergency or government vehicles are exempt from the residential permit parking regulations. Vehicles readily identifiable as commercial, delivery, service, utility, or construction vehicles (hired by the City), while actually engaged in providing maintenance, repair, or service work to a residence in a program area, are exempt from the parking restrictions.

Service or commercial vehicles hired by citizens, however, need to display one of the four residential parking permits allotted to a household in the permit District.

34. My friend/family member/significant other works near my house. Can I lend them my permit?

Permits are intended for use by residents or guests visiting residents residing in the residential neighborhoods. Friends and family who use permits and are not guests of a resident is a violation of the Ordinance. Friends and family using guest permits for this purpose are subject to violations and the permit is subject to be revoked from permit owners.

35. Are residential permit parking zones enforced on holidays?
Residential permit parking regulations are not enforced on holidays.

36. I forgot to display my resident permit/my visitor forgot to display my permit and received a citation. Do I have to pay for it?

The City Council held a public hearing on the issue of charging for parking permits. It did not have to be placed on a ballot to be voted on.

Citations are issued based on the evidence that a vehicle is parked in a restricted area requiring a permit and that no permit was displayed. Citations which are issued to vehicles are assigned by the State Vehicle Code to the registered owner of the vehicle and not to residents living in the neighborhood. Vehicle owners may request a review or appeal of any citations received. To insure that guests don’t receive citations, residents should advise guests of the permit parking restrictions and provide their guests with their residential parking permit to display while the visiting residents.

37. Why wasn't the parking permit program placed on the ballot for citizens to vote?