How does the Resident Permit Program work?
This is a process initiated by residents and requires that someone on the block organizes neighbors and takes on the role of “proponent.”
Property owners on each block of a street need to petition ParkFlag in order to have residential permit parking regulations installed. A majority of the property owners must want the controls, AND, the occupancy of the parking spaces on the block must be more than 75%.
There are two methods for circulating the petition:
The organizer prepares and distributes a simple sign-up sheet. Any answer other than “Yes, I want resident parking controls installed” is counted as a “No” vote.
A petition is sent by proponents to property owners via certified mail. In this case, a lack of response by a property owner will be counted as a vote in favor of installing parking controls.
Helpful Tip: Contact the ParkFlag office before you start if you have questions. The petition is available by clicking HERE.
Who can sign a petition/sign-up sheet for installation of parking controls?
Only property owners can sign to install parking controls.
The block where the water meter is located that serves the property entitles the property owner a vote. Each water meter gets one vote, regardless of land use, number of units, number of tenants, number of employees, etc.
Who can get a resident parking permit?
Property owners go through the process to obtain a resident parking permit after parking controls have been put in place. Property owners can assign their permit to their tenants, employees and others. Tenants, employees and others need to work with the property owner to determine who will use the permit. ParkFlag has no authority to determine who will use the permit.
Why are resident permits issued based on water meters?
Issuing permits based on residency, employment, or number of units would require staff to verify personal records. This would be time intensive for staff to check marriages, partnerships, leases, sub-leases, roommates, employment, etc.
Flagstaff City Council, based on the mission of having a fair and balanced parking system, has determined that using water meters as the determinant of parking rights is the system that is simplest, most predictable, and least prone to fraud. It’s not perfect, but it also does not require the City to review personal records and requires little or no interpretation.
How many resident permits can I get?
A maximum of four. Each water meter will get one free parking permit, and additional permits must be purchased.
What will a resident parking permit cost?
First Permit: Free
Second Permit: $250 annually
Third Permit: $350 annually
Fourth Permit: $450 annually
Is my license plate really my permit?
Yes. There are no physical permits – no stickers or window hangers.
A benefit to this system is you may enter as many license plates as you want on the same permit. This means that you can park different cars, even rental cars, on the same permit. However, only one of the cars can park (use the permit) at any one time.
Am I guaranteed a space?
No. The resident parking permit only allows those with a permit to park in the spaces signed “No Parking – R Permit Exempt.” If those marked spaces on your street are full, you may park in other similarly signed spaces on other blocks. You may use the unrestricted public parking spaces on your block or any other block.
Resident permits are not valid on the days that the Armed Forces, Fourth of July, and Holiday Lights parades are scheduled.
What about my guests?
About half of the parking spaces on a controlled street remain public parking, and guests can always park in those spaces. In addition, each resident permit holder is entitled to 12 free guest permits per year. Guest permits allow the permit holder to park for 24 hours in the “No Parking – R Permit Exempt” spaces. Additional guest permits can be purchased for $5 each through the online portal (link to website address coming soon).
What if I own a business in the residential permit parking area?
Businesses located in a residential permit parking area are treated the same as residential use. First, to have a permitted parking area in place, ALL property owners have the same rights and will be counted “yes” or “no” on the petition. And, if passed – the same measure is in place – one permit per parking meter.
What if we live in the pay-to-park area of Downtown?
If you live in a property that is exclusively used as a single family residence, you will receive at no cost a permit to park in the same area as employee permit holders (primarily Agassiz, Verde, Eldon, Cherry).
Residents that live in other types of properties can purchase a permit for $60/month to park overnight in one of the City’s public parking lots during the months that the Winter Parking Ordinance is in effect.
Will the Snow Ordinance impact Downtown Residents that utilize on-street parking overnight?
Yes! The Snow Ordinance will be enforced as posted. Downtown Residents that do not already have off-street parking secured may purchase a permit for $60/month to park overnight in one of the City’s public parking lots during this time.