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DDOT shall enact curbside management and on-street parking policies that:

  • adjust pricing to accurately reflect the demand for and value of curb space;
  • adjust the boundaries for residential parking zones;
  • respond to the different parking needs of different types of areas;
  • expand the times and days for meter parking enforcement in commercial areas;
  • promote management of parking facilities that serve multiple uses (e.g., commuters, shoppers, recreation, entertainment, churches, special events, etc.);
  • improve the flexibility and management of parking through midblock meters, provided that such meters are reasonably spaced and located to accommodate disabled and special needs populations;
  • preserve, manage, and increase alley space or similar off-street loading space; and
  • increase enforcement of parking limits, double-parking and other curbside violations, including graduated fines for repeat offenses and towing for violations on key designated arterials.

Procedures & Services

In limited circumstances, DDOT may approve a public space permit to create or extend a parking area next to private property, typically in commercial areas, and collect rental payment for the use of public space.

All public space permits are processed through DDOT's Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS).

Parking Government Vehicles in Parking Meter and Legal Parking Zones

If a District or Federal Government vehicle on official business parks at a meter or other legal space during enforcement hours, the vehicle is not required to deposit payment or observe time limits. All other parking restrictions are enforceable on government vehicles.

Motorcycle & Motor-driven Cycle Parking

The Motorized Bicycle Amendment of 2012 (D.C. Law 19-290) became effective on April 27, 2013 and prohibits Motor-driven Cycles (Scooters) from parking on any sidewalk within the Central Business District and puts restrictions on parking Motor-driven Cycles on the sidewalk elsewhere in the District. No Motorcycle may park on a sidewalk within the District.​

Non-traditional Motor Vehicle chart

M​ap of Motorcycle Parking 

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Page Last Updated: March 12, 2018