The following Frequently Asked Questions pertain to Worcester's Residential Permit Parking Program.
A Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP) is designed to respond to the needs of a neighborhood whose permanent residents have a problem finding legal curbside parking, by giving them preference to the limited number of spaces within their neighborhood.
The object of the RPP program is to prevent non-resident commuters from using residential streets as parking lots during work days. Commuter parking is typically a problem where business, educational and commercial activities take place near residential areas.
Heavy commuter parking in residential neighborhoods increases the risk of injury due to motor vehicle and motor vehicle/pedestrian accidents. Congestion makes it difficult for emergency vehicles to access residential areas. The cumulative effect is to lower the quality of life in residential areas. The Resident Permit Program attempts to relieve some of these problems. While there are positive aspects to resident-only parking, there may be misconceptions as well as shown below.
Positive Aspects of a Permit Program:
Potential Negative Aspects of a Permit Program:
Residents of the City of Worcester may petition the City Council to restrict parking on a residential street. The Council, through its Traffic & Parking Subcommittee, may approve an ordinance to restrict parking to "Residents Only" for one or both sides of a street and during certain hours or days depending on the problems being experienced by the neighborhood. Once City Council approves the petition, DPW&P will post the appropriate signs designating the area as Parking by Resident Permit Only.
Residents of a street approved by City Council for Residential Permit Parking must then apply to the Parking Administrator for a permit for each of their vehicles. Residents may also apply for visitor permits. All permits must be renewed annually. For additional information on permit applications and fees please visit the Parking Administration's Permit Page.
Once signs are in place and residents have purchased their permits, Worcester Police and Parking Control Officers will enforce the area. Vehicles parked in the RPP that do not display valid permits will be subject to fines.
The City's engineers are responsible for reviewing all petitions for Resident Permit zones and to advise the Traffic & Parking Committee of their findings. The following are issues that are examined and that contribute to the engineer's recommendations:
The results of the engineer's survey along with a recommendation are submitted to the Traffic & Parking Committee.
Talk to your neighbors. Everyone on the street will be affected by RPP. If the consensus is that the RPP is appropriate, contact the City Clerk to obtain a blank Petition Form. Fill in your request and get your neighbors to sign. Mail the petition to the City Clerk. This action will start the process.
The City will hear petitions for the RPP Program for any City street that is designated as a PUBLIC street and is residential in nature.
City streets that are designated as PRIVATE, developer streets, alleys, driveways, etc. are not eligible. Commercial and mixed use streets are also not eligible.
Any City resident who resides within a designated Resident Permit Parking zone is eligible. The resident must show proof of residence at that location. The resident must show proof that the vehicle is registered at that location.
The RPP is not intended to keep neighbors from parking on your street or parking in "your" parking space. It also does not eliminate the need to have a winter parking ban (No Parking on one side) on your street.
Since this program deals with neighborhoods, the standard policy is to institute the program on a complete street, or in the case of a very long street, at least a full block.
If you have a plumber, electrician, etc., working on your property it will be necessary for him/her to use a Visitor's Pass if parked in the RPP zone.
The City, through the Public Works & Parks Department, can grant your guests parking consideration if you are having a wedding, party or other special large event.
It is appropriate for health or social workers to use your Visitor Pass when visiting your home. Or the worker(s) may be eligible for a Professional Service Pass. If there are special circumstances, a request can be made to the Parking Administrator for considerations.