Generally, on-street parking is a beneficial function of a roadway. However, parking issues can occur in residential areas where adjacent or nearby land uses do not provide an adequate supply of off-street parking for their associated parking demand
There is a five-step process for applying for the Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Program:
The applicant must submit a completed application with a letter of intent and proof that the appropriate neighborhood association has been notified of the application. The application must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the address listed on the application.
Once staff has reviewed the application, the applicant will receive a call to verify the requested times of restriction for resident-only parking and a package with a petition sheet and a map of the street segment for which the restriction is being proposed.
The applicant must then seek signatures by petition from residents living at addresses along the proposed street block segment indicating support, no support or neither for the RPP Program to be implemented. A 60 percent majority support for RPP restrictions is required to move to the next phase of the application. As a requirement during the petition process the applicant is to purchase temporary signs indicating the street is being considered for RPP.
The applicant must return the completed petition to the Austin Transportation Department (ATD). If the 60 percent support minimum is met and verified by ATD staff, staff must conduct a parking study. The parking study must indicate at least 75 percent parking occupancy in legal parking spaces with no less than 25 percent commuter traffic as determined by license plate information in order for the applicant to move to the next phase of the application.
If the minimum occupancy is observed and approved by the area ATD Traffic Engineer, the RPP restrictions are enacted and signs are installed on the requested street. Enforcement of the zone generally starts two weeks after the installation of the signs.