Residential Permit Parking Zones have been established in residential neighborhoods adjacent to major corridors or traffic generators. Red and white "Permit Parking" street signs indicate if a neighborhood is a residential permit area. Only neighborhood residents with County issued permits and their visitors may park on these streets during restricted parking hours; drivers without zone permit stickers, FlexPass or a short-term visitor pass risk ticketing and towing.
If you live in a qualified household in a Residential Permit Parking Zone, you may go to our online application site to order permits and passes via the web. You may also request a paper application by sending an e-mail to Park or by calling 703-228-3344.
The Arlington County Residential Permit Parking Program began in 1973 and was put in place to provide residents in residential areas relief from heavy daytime commuter parking. Currently, there are 23 different permit parking zones within the county.
- The current permit parking program is backed by an ordinance (18 KB PDF) which details the criteria for a block to be designated or zoned as permit parking only. These criteria are: (a) 60% of the households on a block must sign a petition requesting zoned parking.
- (b) at least 75% of the available parking on the block should be occupied
(c) at least 25% of the available parking on the block should be occupied by out-of-area vehicles such as commuters, shoppers, students, etc.
- Click here for a brochure explaining the program.(250KB PDF) or download a Zone Map (3.4MB PDF)
The free FlexPass is a dashboard placard which can be used either for a household's own vehicle or for a guest's vehicle. The FlexPass is specific to the household and displays the zone number and household address. FlexPasses are non-replaceable except under specific limited circumstances. FlexPasses are renewed annually with a sticker obtained through the program's application process.
Permits are provided to eligible drivers who have registered their vehicles through the Commissioner of Revenue Office in Arlington. The residential zone parking permit is a separate decal to be affixed on the rear bumper of the vehicle. If you live in a Residential Permit Parking Zone and would like to request a parking permit, you may order online or request a paper application by sending an e-mail to Park or calling 703-228-3344. To register a vehicle in Arlington County, contact the Commissioner of Revenue's Office at 703-228-3135.
All participating households may receive one FlexPass (described above). Beyond that, each household will generally be allowed up to three vehicle-specific permits. Those who own more than four vehicles at one time will need to park their additional vehicles off-street. Households are defined as dwellings or units recognized by Arlington County's Department of Real Estate Assessment.
The County recognizes that in some neighborhoods, zoned parking participants may wish to set the limit for Vehicle-Specific Permits at more or fewer than three cars per household and has set up a resident-initiated procedure for making such a change. This change can take place if 60 percent of the households in a particular zone sign a citizen-initiated petition, specifying a different limit. Residents interested in pursuing such a change in their zone, should complete a petition form. Please call 703-228-3344 or e-mail Park for inquiry.
Motorcycles and scooters may park in permit parking zones without displaying a residential parking permit or pass.
Short-Term Visitor Passes
Residents may give a FlexPass or Short-Term Visitor pass to their guests allowing them to park on the street in a zone. Short-Term Visitor Passes are tags hung from the rear-view mirror that have circles that represent the 12 months and the possible 31 days within a month. Residents fill in the circles and write the dates for which the pass is effective. Each pass is valid for up to three consecutive days. Permitted households may obtain up to 100 passes per year in books of 20 at $5.00 per book. The first book is free. Short-Term Visitor Passes may be ordered online, in person at the County Treasurer's Office, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 215 or by mailing in an application and appropriate fee to P.O. Box 1754 , Merrifield , VA 22116.
Persons who own real estate located in a restricted zone but do not reside at that location may apply for a Landlord Permit at no cost. These placards enable the owner to park at the zoned address for the purpose of conducting business concerning the property.
Moving out or selling a home in a permit parking area:
Residents who move out of a home in the permit parking program must return their vehicle-specific permits to the Parking Office at 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22201. They must also either leave the FlexPass and any unused short-term visitor passes with the house or return them to the Parking Office. Landlords/non-resident property owners should return their Landlord Permit to the Parking Office if they sell a home which is in the permit parking program.
Please go to the sections listed in the Permit Parking Resources box for more information.
Arlington County Map Showing Permit Parking Zones
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