Vehicle and Parking Information

Chicago Vehicle Sticker

All Chicago residents driving and/or parking a vehicle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Wheel Tax and must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. This includes Chicago residents that maintain their registration outside of the City of Chicago, but use the vehicle in the City. We want motorists to avoid costly tickets: You must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker within 30 days of moving to the City to avoid late fees and fines.

For more detailed information please visit: Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Website


Residential Zone Parking

Chicago residents living within an established Residential Parking Zone may be eligible to include a Zone Number on their City Sticker, and/or purchase Chicago Residential Parking Daily Permits, which are guest passes that are valid for 24 hours upon the date and time of display. By law, the date and time must be printed in ink, and the Daily Permit must be displayed in the lower passenger corner of the windshield.

For more detailed information please visit: Zone Parking Permit Website.

Zone Parking Map and Street Guide

Residential Zone Parking limits parking on designated streets in densely-populated or highly-trafficked areas to Chicago residents and their guests only, for either all times or for certain days/hours.

Vehicles parked in a Residential Parking Zone during applicable days/hours must display a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker with Residential Zone Parking or a Chicago Residential Parking Daily Permit. The Zone number on either the Chicago City Vehicle Sticker or the Daily Residential Parking Permit must match the Residential Parking Zone permit number posted on the street signs.

The Residential Zone Parking Map was created in partnership with the Smart Chicago Collaborative and is an open source of data for you, as well as technology developers, utilizing the City of Chicago’s Data Portal. Please be advised that the Ward/Zone Lookup App is directly managed by the Office of the City Clerk and provides the most reliable zone record data.


Pickup Trucks Commercial Vehicles

Per Chapters 9-64 and 9-68 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, there are special parking restrictions that apply to certain types of vehicles and certain areas.

City of Chicago’s Office fo the City Clerk Pickup Trucks & Commercial Vehicles website

Commercial and Non-Commercial Residential Truck Parking

In an effort to update an outdated section of Chicago’s parking restrictions which adversely affects small, non-commercial pick-up truck owners and their ability to park on business and residential streets in the City, Section 9-64-170 of the Municipal Code has been revised to insure that non-commercial pick-up trucks weighing less than 8,000 pounds may park in the City of Chicago – provided certain conditions are met:

  • If the non-commercial pick-up truck is owned by a City Resident and has a current and valid City Sticker, the owner may park the vehicle on a Residential or Business street.
  • If the non-commercial pick-up truck is owned by a Non-Chicago resident, (e.g. a visitor from the suburbs) and does not have a current and valid City Sticker, the owner may park the vehicle on a Business street.

Commercial pick-up trucks, junk vehicles, and any pick-up truck weighing more than 8,000 pounds are still prohibited from parking on ANY residential and business streets.

Contractor Parking Placard

Section 9-64-170(a)(3) and (b)(3) of the Municipal Code of Chicago allows a contractor who is actually engaged in delivery, service or repair work at a particular address for a particular customer to park their vehicle within a reasonable distance of the address where such work is being performed if:

  • The vehicle is emblazoned with the business name and business license number of its owner; and
  • The customer’s address is clearly displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard; and
  • The vehicle is lawfully parked in accordance with the general parking requirements of this Code.

Parking is permitted only while such work is actually being performed and at no other time. If a service vehicle permit is required under Section 9-68-060, such permit must be obtained.

Residential Zoned Parking – Letters of Exception

Under Chicago’s Residential Zone Parking (RZP) law, Ward offices have the ability to issue “letters of exception” to residents who live near a RZP zone, but whose address does not fall within the specific address range of the zone. The Letter of Exception allows those residents to purchase zoned parking stickers from the City Clerk. This is intended to provide a solution for corner buildings with address that fall outside of the zone but physical footprints that fall within it, etc.

You are not eligible for a letter of exception if:

  • Your building is more than two street addresses away from the terminating street or intersection.
  • You live in a multi-unit dwelling on business/commercial streets.

Exceptions to the above:

  • Ward residents who live within one block of Residential Zoned Parking are eligible for a Letter of Exception if they meet any of the following criteria:
    • over 65 years of age
    • holder of a state disabled parking placard
    • licensed home care provider of a resident within the zone

Please note that the above applies to Letter of Exception eligibility only. Residents who are not eligible for a letter of exception, but who reside on residential streets, are encouraged to use the Residential Zoned Parking petition process to add zoned parking to their block, if desired. RZP zones are only available on residential streets — residents on business/commercial streets are not eligible for letters of exception and cannot petition for zoned parking.


TAXICAB PARKING PERMITS (NEW AS OF 8/1/2020)

The 40th Ward has expanded the parking options to allow for taxicabs displaying a special parking permit to park on a residential street adjacent to the owner’s residence. 

Residential Zone Parking restrictions still apply. 

In order to acquire a Residential Taxi Permit, applicants must email info@40thward.org, subject Line “Residential Taxi Permit.”

Please include a photo or scan of the following items:

  • Driver’s License 
  • Proof of Address (utility bill/lease/etc)
  • Taxi Chauffeur License 

Applicants will receive an email confirmation within 1-3 days. Upon approval, permits will be sent to the applicant by mail. If you are unable to apply over email, please call (773) 654-1867 for assistance.


TAXICAB PARKING PERMITS (NEW AS OF 8/1/2020)

The 40th Ward has expanded the parking options to allow for taxicabs displaying a special parking permit to park on a residential street adjacent to the owner’s residence. 

Residential Zone Parking restrictions still apply. 

In order to acquire a Residential Taxi Permit, applicants must email info@40thward.org, subject Line “Residential Taxi Permit.”

Please include a photo or scan of the following items:

  • Driver’s License 
  • Proof of Address (utility bill/lease/etc)
  • Taxi Chauffeur License 

Applicants will receive an email confirmation within 1-3 days. Upon approval, permits will be sent to the applicant by mail. If you are unable to apply over email, please call (773) 654-1867 for assistance.


DISABLED PARKING PERMIT INFO

Residential Disabled Parking was established to provide disabled City residents with convenient and accessible parking in close proximity to their residences.

Requirements and Conditions :

Disabled individuals who apply for signs must meet the following conditions to qualify for a restricted parking space:

  • The applicant must reside on a residential street that is zoned R-1 through R-5.
  • The applicant must have either a current disabled Illinois license plate or a disabled placard issued by the Illinois Secretary of State.
  • The applicant must reside at the location for which the signs are being requested.
  •  The applicant may not have access to off-street parking.
  • The number of restricted parking spaces on the street does not exceed the maximum allowed on a residential street.

Fees

Sign installation and maintenance costs must be paid by the applicant.

  • The application fee for the signs is $70.00. This fee must be submitted with the application.
  • The applicant will be billed a $25 maintenance fee on an annual basis.
  • The application fee may only be waived if the applicant holds a valid, current disabled veterans state registration plate or provides a certification of approval under the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistance Act, 320 ILCS 25/1, et seq., as amended.

How Residential Disabled Parking Signs Work

  • Once a completed application is received, the City will process it as required in Section 9-64-050 of the Chicago Municipal Code. The City will approve the application if all requirements are met.
    • If the Department of Finance recommends that the signs be installed, notice will be sent to the applicant, the Alderman’s Ward Office, the Committee on Traffic Control and Public Safety and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. The City Council will review the findings of the Traffic and Public Safety Committee and vote on the passage of the permit.
    • If the Department of Finance determines that signs cannot be recommended, notice will be sent to the applicant and the application fee will be refunded. The applicant may appeal the Department of Finance’s decision to the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities within 10 days of the denial.
  • If approved, the City will erect two Disabled Parking Signs to mark a space of a minimum of 16 feet in the close proximity to the qualified applicant’s residence and a Residential Disabled Parking Permit will be issued to the applicant.
  • Only vehicles that display a disabled placard or disabled plate, as well as the Residential Disabled Parking Permit may park in the Residential Disabled Permit Parking space. Vehicles in violation of this ordinance will be ticketed
  • The applicant must observe and comply with any other parking restrictions which may apply at the approved location (i.e. Street Cleaning signs, Rush Hour Parking restrictions, etc).

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must complete an application form. All requested information and supporting documentation must be provided with your application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. You may obtain an application from your Alderman’s Ward Office, by calling the Department of Finance at 312.744.7275, or you may download an application here.

Completed applications and the $70.00 fee may be submitted to the Department of Finance via mail to:

P.O. Box 803100
Chicago, IL 60680-3100
ATTN: Disabled Permit Section

Be sure to submit the following:

  • A complete application for Disabled Parking Signs.  All sections must be completed.
  • A copy of a valid permanent disabled plate or placard issued by the Secretary of State to the applicant at the address where the signs are to be posted.
  • Proof of residency for the address where the signs are to be posted (i.e., Driver’s License or State ID).
  • A $70.00 application fee by check or money order made payable to the City of Chicago.

Disabled Parking Sign Removal

If the applicant moves, becomes deceased or is no longer a person with a disability, notice must be provided to the Department of Finance.

All requests for sign removal should be submitted to the Department of Finance.

Questions?

If you have questions, please call 312.744.7275.

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