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2017 Parking Survey
Update on 72-Hour On-Street Parking Rule
In early January 2017, the city announced that it was reconsidering its longstanding and widely despised rule prohibiting on-street parking for more than 72 continuous hours, even for residents. The rule has been in force since 1963. The reconsideration process included an online resident survey (see results to left).
On March 27th, the city's Traffic and Parking Board unanimously supported a temporary rule change, for a one-year pilot period, that would allow residents to apply for a 14-day exemption to the 72-hour rule up to four times per year, provided that the exemption is sought at least two weeks beforehand and the vehicle is parked within an eighth of a mile from home. Up to two exemptions may strung together back-to-back, allowing a maximum of 28 days of continuous on-street parking. The rule change would be re-evaluated at the end of the one-year trial period.
At its meeing on May 13, 2017, the City Council approved the proposed pilot program, and scheduled a follow-on review for November 2018.
The survey results to the left were published on January 23, 2017 and reflect 738 responses. The margin of error is unknown but potentially large.
Guest Parking Passes
Visitor Parking Passes
Business Contractor Parking Passes
Street Parking in Old Town Alexandria
Where can I find the parking rules for Old Town?
What rules apply to on-street parking next to commercial businesses?
Within the core business district, parking is governed by time-stamped parking meters. Outside the core business district, parking is free with no daily time limit.
What rules apply to on-street parking next to residences?
With a parking permit, parking is free with no daily time limit. Without a parking permit, parking is free but limited to 2 or 3 hours as specified by street signs. Any vehicle left in the same spot for more than 72 continuous hours is subject to ticketing and towing, whether or not you have a parking permit. The 72-hour rule is strongly enforced -- read this August 6, 2015 article from the Alexandria Times.
Who can obtain a city parking permit?
Full-time residents may obtain a parking permit for the parking district in which they live. Non-resident owners of residences located in a parking district, and owners and employees of businesses located in a parking district, may not obtain a parking permit for that district.
How do I obtain a city parking permit?
Go to City Hall. Provide proof of residency, register your vehicle for and pay the city’s personal property tax, and obtain a city windshield decal. Since 2010, the annual resident parking permit fees are $30 for the first car, $40 for the second car, and $100 for all additional cars.
How do I obtain a parking permit for guests -- up to 4 consecutive days?
A guest is someone who visits a resident for a brief time. Guest parking permits are valid for up to 24 hours, but you can string together several daily parking permits for up to 4 consecutive days. For longer visits up to 30 days, you must obtain a visitor parking permit (see below).
Residents who have a MyAlex account (see below) can obtain daily guest parking permits via the city's website at no cost. You print the single-page bar-coded permits on your printer, and the guest fills in the vehicle's license plate information and places the permit face-up on the driver's side dashboard. For District 9 residents, there is an individual limit of 25 guest parking permits per residence per month, and there is an aggregate limit of 250 concurrent guest parking permits at any one time for the entire district on a first-come/first-served basis.
Residents can set up a free MyAlex account at any time, including just before requesting a guest parking permit. You will need certain information provided on your Alexandria personal property tax statement to verify your residency. Residents who do not have or do not want a MyAlex account can obtain guest parking permits at City Hall or any Alexandria Library branch.
How do I obtain a parking permit for visitors -- up to 30 consecutive days?
A visitor is someone who visits a resident for an extended time. Visitor parking permits are valid for up to 30 days. Residents must go in person to City Hall to obtain visitor parking permits. You will need to provide the make, model, year, color and license plate number of the visitor’s vehicle. The permits are plastic and you hang them from your rear-view mirror. There is no charge for visitor parking permits valid for up to 7 days, and a $5 fee for visitor parking permits valid for more than 7 days. No more than two visitor parking permits will be issued to the same residence at the same time. Visitor parking permits are not renewable. Vehicles remaining in the city or for more than 30 days must be registered for Alexandria's personal property tax, and a city windshield decal and permanent parking permit must be purchased for the vehicles.
How do I obtain a parking permit for business contractors -- up to 30 consecutive days?
A contractor is someone doing business in a resident's home. If a contractor is working in your home for 1-4 consecutive days, the simplest thing for you to do may be to go online and obtain daily guest parking permits for the days the contractor will be there. If the contractor is working in your home for more than 4 consecutive days, you must go in person to City Hall to obtain a business parking permit, which is identical in all material respects to a visitor parking permit except that there is no fee for the permit even if it is valid for more than 7 days. Everything else is the same. You need to provide the make, model, year, color and license plate number of the contractor’s vehicle, the permits are valid for up to 30 days, and they are not renewable. No more than three business parking permits will be issued to the same residence at the same time.
What if I can’t get to Alexandria City Hall during business hours?
Guest parking permits only may be obtained either online or at any Alexandria Library branch.
You can obtain guest, visitor and business contractor parking permits in advance of the dates you require them.
How do I arrange for temporary reserved parking on my street?
The city allows residents and businesses to “block-off” portions of streets for weddings, wedding receptions, funerals, wakes, parades, moving, loading and unloading, construction equipment, repairs and maintenance, city events, snow removal, emergency security and other city-approved events. Temporary reserved parking is not available for private parties (you need obtain guest or visitor parking permits for these events).
Click here for more information regarding temporary reserved parking, and click here for the electronic fill-in application form (in interactive PDF). Temporary reserve parking signs must be posted on the affected street no later than 5:00 pm three business days prior to when the parking spaces are needed (weekends and holidays excluded).
The cost is $40 per day per metered space and $30 per day per non-metered space (20 feet per space) up to a maximum of 5 spaces or 100 feet of curb for weddings, wedding receptions, funerals, wakes and moving, and as needed for all other approved uses. "No Parking" signs are $10 per sign per day.