Residential Parking Permit District (RPPD)


Residential Parking Permit Districts are established at the request of neighborhood residents when parking is difficult due to high volumes of non-resident vehicles. They are meant to:

  • Reduce traffic congestion from non-residents parked curbside in the neighborhood
  • Protect residential neighborhoods from excessive pollution, noise and litter caused by non-resident vehicles
  • Ensure adequate on-street parking for neighborhood residents
  • Promote traffic safety and the safety of children and pedestrians in the neighborhood

City of Dubuque Residential Parking Permit District Ordinances

The Residential Parking Permit District brochure describes how to establish and amend a district, and obtaining a permit.

Establishing or Amending a Residential Parking Permit District 

To establish a Residential Parking Permit District, download a petition or call the City of Dubuque Engineering Department at 563-589-4270.

To amend a Residential Parking Permit District, use one of the following petitions:

Obtaining a Permit

Download an application for a residential parking permit or shot-term rental residential parking permit and follow the below steps.

  1. Pay any outstanding parking tickets. They can be paid online.
  2. Prepare your proof of residency documentation (lease, utility bill, ID, or other official document).
  3. Download the application, fill out your information, and save the PDF to your computer. 
  4. Email the completed application to, drop off in person, or mail to City of Dubuque Transportation Services, 950 Elm St., Dubuque, IA 52001.
  5. Post your permit. The sticker must be placed on the lower driver’s side windshield and be visible from the outside. Remember to have your visitors hang the visitor permit if they’re parking on-street. The permit must be visible by enforcement officers to avoid being issued a ticket.
  6. Purchase by September 1 to avoid ticketing.

Fees and duration of permit

  • Residential Parking Permit District permits are issued for one year from September 1- August 31 and are not pro-rated or refundable.
  • Each residence is allowed up to four resident permits for $15 each. The permit is issued to a specific vehicle whose owner or principal operator is a resident of the address.
  • Each residence is also allowed up to two visitor permits for $10 each.
  • The users of visitor permits must be at the premises of the principal permit holder’s residence while the permit is being utilized.


To park on the street in a Residential Parking Permit District, a permit is required for all residents and visitors. If you or your visitors are parking on the street and do not have a visible Residential Parking Permit District permit, a $15 ticket will be issued to the owner of the vehicle.