The Residential Parking Program is overseen by the Parking Administration Office.
According to the City of Worcester Revised Ordinances Chapter 13 §40; No person shall park any vehicle in any area posted "resident parking only" without a properly displayed, valid and current resident parking sticker
All parking fines and/or penalties and all excise taxes and/or penalties due to the City of Worcester on all vehicles registered to all household members must be paid in full prior to issuance of any stickers or permits to household members. The new permits will be mailed to the address on record or given in-person at the Parking Administration Office when all the information has been verified.
Permits must be renewed by July 1 and are valid through June 30. If a permit is not renewed by July 1, any ticket issued due to an expired Resident Parking Permit will be the responsibility of the Registered Owner.
No sticker or pass shall be issued unless all required proof of residency, ownership or professional service is provided as follows:
In order to receive a parking sticker or pass, the following documentation must be provided:
If you are interested in the Residential Parking Program, you can apply online, by mail or in-person.
Submit an online application for a new permit, including your proof of residency. We accept eCheck, credit and debit cards for payment online.
Online Application Activate Visitor Pass
Please return a completed application, required proof of residency, ownership or professional service as outlined above and applicable fees to:
City Hall Systems
3 Rosenfeld Drive
Hopedale, MA 01747
Residential Parking Permit Application
Make check or money order payable to City of Worcester. DO NOT MAIL CASH.
If you have questions regarding the Residential Parking Program, please call 508-799-1095, between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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.
Visitor Pass activations will be valid for the remainder of the day activated until noon the next day, unless the pass is assigned to another plate before that time. Only one plate can be active at a time. A visitor pass may not be used on a vehicle for more than ten (10) consecutive days without prior authorization from the Office of the Parking Administrator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Transportation & Mobility
76 East Worcester Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 508-929-1300 ext. 49500
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.