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Parking Authority / Residential Parking Permits

Description of Program

As is the case in any large city, the excessive demand for a very limited supply of on-street parking spaces represents a huge and often times extremely frustrating challenge for both the residents and visitors to the City of Baltimore.

The Baltimore RPP Program was begun in 1979 in an effort to address the specific needs of residents in city neighborhoods where the demand for on-street parking was considered to be greatest. Participating neighborhoods elect to do so through application by petition to the City of Baltimore through the Parking Authority of Baltimore City.

Since its inception, the RPP Program has grown to include 46 designated RPP areas, each designated with its own specific number or letter. Parking in each of these 46 areas is restricted to some degree to provide preferential parking privileges only to those residents and their guests who display valid Residential Parking Permits and Visitors Passes on their automobiles. These permits and passes are issued and valid for a one-year period from the designated annual renewal date for each specific RPP Area. Residents must re-apply every year.

This website was designed with your convenience in mind and in an effort to streamline and simplify the application process.

Terms and Conditions

To be eligible for a permit the applicant must reside within the boundaries of that particular RPP area. You must show required proof of residency to the satisfaction of the RPP section. Participation in the program is limited to residents only. The permit increases the chances of finding a parking space by stimulating turnover and eliminating storage of non-resident vehicles. A permit does not excuse the observance of any other traffic regulation except the posted RPP time restrictions.

As is the case with any privilege, receiving your permits and/or visitor passes requires your complete understanding and acceptance of a very specific set of terms, conditions and regulations that have been instituted to assure your continued safety and convenience as a resident of the City of Baltimore.

Therefore, please carefully review the linked list of Required Customer Documents associated with the issuance of your parking permits and passes.

If you have any questions, you can email us at [email protected] or call (443) 573-2800, Ext. 819 or 863 or the Parking Authority’s main phone number (443) 573-2800 and ask for RPP.


In 1979, the City Council of Baltimore passed an ordinance creating the authority under Article 31.Sub 10 of the Baltimore City Code to implement Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Areas These restricted parking areas are established primarily to help secure available parking for a residential community while encouraging alternative parking plans for non-residents. Generally, these programs govern the parking restrictions in residential communities located near major employers, colleges, universities, medical institutions and sports complexes.


The intent of these programs is to:

  • promote clean air
  • reduce hazardous traffic conditions
  • protect the resident from unreasonable burden in gaining access to their residence.
  • preserve the quality of life in the general community.

It is normal practice for a neighborhood association to set-up this program for the community. The law does require certain provisions to qualify for a RPP program.


Parking Authority of Baltimore City
200 W. Lombard Street,
Suite B
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(443) 573-2800
(410) 685-1557 Fax
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Located within walking distance of the following transit routes:

Charm City Circulator - Orange Line (0 blocks)

Light Rail (1 block)

MTA bus routes (0-2 blocks): 1, 3, 5-X, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 19, 20, 27, 35, 36-X, 40, 48, 91, 120, 150, 160, 310

Subway (3-4 blocks)

Office hours of operation
Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm

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Instructional video to purchase decals and visitor's permits.