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Parking Frequently Asked Questions

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Standard Resident Parking Permit FAQ
Temporary Parking Permit FAQ
Business Parking Permit FAQ
Parking Tickets FAQ

Standard Resident Parking Permit FAQ

Why are the documentation requirements for the Resident parking permit so strict?
There are fewer than 10,000 on-street parking spaces in Hoboken and nearly 15,000 Resident parking permits issued annually.  The strict requirements for a Resident parking permit have been established to protect limited on-street parking for individuals who demonstrate that they are fully established as permanently residing in Hoboken, and that they are either the owner or primary user of the vehicle they drive. Many people would like (and try) to park in Hoboken all the time; if the rules weren’t this strict, finding on-street parking would be significantly more difficult.

How do I get a Resident parking permit?
You can apply online with HPUOnline or you can visit our offices at City Hall.  There are two steps to getting a Resident parking permit. Step 1 is to establish yourself as a resident in Hoboken. Step 2 is to demonstrate that you are the owner or primary user of the vehicle for which you want to get a permit.

Resident Permit: Step 1 – Proof of Residency:
The only documentation accepted for Resident Permit: Step 1 is a valid New Jersey driver’s license with a legal Hoboken address. If you do not have this, you may qualify for a Temporary Permit while you get your license or address changed with NJMVC.

(Note: If an address change decal has been affixed to the driver’s license, additional proof-of-residency documentation is required. This documentation is the same as Temporary Permit: Step 1)

Resident Permit: Step 2 – Proof of Vehicle Ownership or Primary Use:

The documentation accepted for Resident Permit: Step 2 is:

  1. A current New Jersey registration with the same name and Hoboken address as the driver’s license used in Resident Permit: Step 1; or,
  2. A current New Jersey registration with the same name and Hoboken address as the driver’s license used in Resident Permit: Step 1, and proof of insurance with the same name and Hoboken address as the driver’s license used in Resident Permit: Step 1 if an address change decal has been affixed to the registration card; or,
  3. A valid vehicle registration in a company’s name, a current pay stub with the company’s name and the name of the individual seeking a residential permit from Resident Permit: Step 1, and a notarized letter from the fleet manager or other responsible company authority indicating that the specific vehicle has been issued to the individual seeking a residential permit for business and personal use; or,
  4. A valid New Jersey vehicle registration in a leasing company’s name, proof of insurance with the same name and Hoboken address as the driver’s license used in Resident Permit: Step 1.

How do I “renew” my Resident parking permit?
Resident parking permits expire on the anniversary of their issuance.  Approximately one month prior to the expiry of your annual Resident parking permit, you should receive an email notification and, in most cases, a notification letter/postcard by traditional mail.  If you would like to apply at the expiration of your resident parking permit using our new HPUOnline system, please visit our site at: www.hobokennj.gov/hpuonline.  If you would rather apply via the traditional walk-in or paper and mail method, please see the information provided here.

Where can I park with a Resident parking permit?
Most streets in Hoboken without meters are designated on one side as permit (white sign) and the other side Resident permit only (green sign). With a Resident permit, you may park on either side of these streets without limitation except during posted street cleaning periods or temporary/emergency restrictions.

Where do I put my Resident parking permit?
If you elected to use the Resident parking permit placard, place it curbside on your dashboard so that it is clearly visible to anyone walking on the adjacent sidewalk.  If you elected to use a decal, affix the decal on the driver’s side, lower left hand corner of your rear window so that it is clearly visible from the outside.

What if I don’t meet the requirements for a Resident parking permit?
If you are living in Hoboken but do not meet the requirements for a Resident permit, you may qualify for a Temporary parking permit while you undergo the necessary procedures to establish Hoboken as your permanent place of residence.

Why can’t I find a parking space even though I have a Resident parking permit?
There is simply not enough curb space to provide parking for everyone who chooses to own a car in Hoboken. Your Resident parking permit allows you to park in protected Resident permit parking areas, but does not guarantee you a spot. The cost for your permit is subsidized 90% by the city to keep residential parking costs low; however, this results in many more cars parking on-street and competing for limited space. If you do not need to commute every day with your car, you may find it easier to consider alternative transportation options such as Corner Cars and eliminating the high cost of car ownership, not to mention the frustration of looking for parking. HPU is working continuously to improve these alternative options so that the choice to go car-free gets easier each day.

What is the definition of “household” for the purposes of determining the permit fees?
HPU considers a “household” as the mailing address listed on the documents you provide as proof of residence. If your building has multiple units with separate living quarters and separate kitchen(s) and bathroom(s), your driver’s license (and/or other documents) should reflect your specific apartment/unit number.  If not, all individuals with the same address on their documents are considered to live in the same “household”, and permit fees are established on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Why are there other people/vehicles listed on my renewal letter?
These are likely your neighbors who also live in your building. We don’t have your or their apartment/unit number in our records, so we combined your information with theirs as the same household. If you are in a separate household than the other people listed on your renewal letter, we simply need you to show your apartment/unit number on your New Jersey driver’s license and registration.

What if I don’t have an apartment/unit number on my driver’s license and registration?
You can also demonstrate that you live in a separate apartment/unit with a current utility bill, insurance document, or a rent/lease agreement.

Do I have to pay for these other people?

If the other people listed on your renewal letter live in separate households, you are not responsible for their renewal.  If they live in your household, each person is responsible for their vehicle and subject to the permit fees per household on a first-come-first-serve basis.

What if I rent an apartment from someone else in a smaller building?
The City Code requires that all vehicles in the same household conform to the graduated pricing schedule described above. If your apartment/unit is separate from others, all we need is documentation to demonstrate this.

When does my Resident parking permit expire and how do I renew it?
Approximately 30 days before your Resident parking permit expires, HPU will email you (or mail via post if we do not have an email address) a Resident parking permit renewal notification letter/postcard. Residents have the option to renew their permits online, mail-in copies of their documentation along with a check for the permit fees, or bring the renewal letter in to our office along with the necessary documentation and payment. In most cases, renewal of your parking permit simply requires a New Jersey driver’s license with a legal Hoboken address and a New Jersey vehicle registration both in the same name and address as the resident to whom the permit was previously issued. If you don’t have these documents, please pay closer attention to the documentation requirements described above. In some cases, when there is a discrepancy in your mailing address (i.e. apartment or unit number are missing from your license/registration), we may also ask for a copy of a lease/deed and current utility bills to confirm your household information. Please provide the required documents to HPU or make photocopies and send them in with your renewal fee made out to “Hoboken Parking Utility.”

Temporary Parking Permit FAQ

Who can get a Temporary parking permit?
There are basically two reasons for getting a Temporary parking permit. Either you are a current resident of Hoboken but do not have the necessary documentation to demonstrate that you live here permanently, or you have the necessary documentation but you are not the owner or primary user of the vehicle for which you would like a permit. Examples include individuals without a Hoboken address on their New Jersey driver’s license, vehicles not registered in the name of the resident, awaiting receipt of a driver’s license with a Hoboken address, awaiting registration papers for a newly purchased car, or for vehicles in short term use, such as rental cars. One other common case is for new employees of a Hoboken business who have not received their first pay stub.

How do I get a Temporary Parking Permit?
You can apply online with HPUOnline or you can visit our offices at City Hall.  There are two steps to getting a Temporary parking permit. Step 1 is to establish yourself as currently residing in Hoboken. Step 2 is to demonstrate that you are the owner or primary user of the vehicle for which you want to get a permit.

Temporary Permit: Step 1 – Proof of Current Residency:
The preferred documentation for Temporary Permit: Step 1 is a valid New Jersey driver’s license with a legal Hoboken address. If you do not have this, you must provide a minimum of three (3) of the following documents:

1. A valid deed for same legal residential Hoboken address in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit

2. A current, original lease or rental agreement for same legal residential Hoboken address in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit

3. A current utility bill or receipt for establishing service for same legal residential Hoboken address in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit

4. A current tax bill for same legal residential Hoboken address in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit

5. A current telephone bill for same legal residential Hoboken address in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit

6. A checking or savings account statement within the past sixty days for same legal residential Hoboken address in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit

7. First class mail received from any federal, state, or local government agency within the past six months for same legal residential Hoboken address in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit

8. An official, certified letter from a Dean of Students attesting to residence at a legal off-campus residential Hoboken address

9. An official academic course schedule for the current semester from a local institution in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit

10. Other appropriate documentation sufficient for establishing residency of an individual upon approval of the Director of the Utility

(Note: If an address change decal has been affixed your driver’s license, then you must provide a minimum of three (3) documents from the above list)

Temporary Permit: Step 2 – Proof of Vehicle Ownership or Primary Use:
The preferred documentation for Temporary Permit: Step 2 is a current New Jersey registration with the same name and Hoboken address as the documentation used in Temporary Permit: Step 1. If you do not have this, you must provide one of the following combinations of documents:

  1. A valid driver’s license, a valid vehicle registration, and proof of insurance for same vehicle in the name of the individual seeking a Temporary permit.
  2. A valid driver’s license and a current vehicle rental agreement both in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit. This Temporary permit shall be issued for one (1) rental vehicle, free of charge to the resident for a maximum of forty-five (45) days with an endorsement allowing Temporary permit holder to park in Resident permit parking areas.
  3. A valid driver’s license, a copy of a temporary license plate issued upon purchase of a vehicle, and proof of insurance for same vehicle, all in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit. This Temporary permit shall be issued for one (1) vehicle, free of charge to the resident for a maximum of forty-five (45) days with an endorsement allowing temporary permit holder to park in Resident permit parking areas when a Resident permit in the same name as the individual seeking the Temporary permit is concurrently suspended.
  4. A valid driver’s license and a copy of a work order or repair estimate from an official automotive repair facility for a vehicle, both in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit. This Temporary permit shall be issued for one (1) vehicle, free of charge to the resident for the number of days indicated on the work order or repair estimate, or for a maximum of forty-five (45) days, whichever is less with an endorsement allowing temporary permit holder to park in Resident permit parking areas when a Resident permit in the same name as the individual seeking the Temporary permit is concurrently suspended.
  5. A valid drivers license, a valid vehicle registration, proof of insurance, all in the name of the individual seeking a temporary permit, and a copy of a valid business permit application provided by a Hoboken business owner. This Temporary permit shall be issued for a maximum of forty-five (45) days, whereupon the permit shall expire and be replaced by a business permit by presenting a current pay stub.

Where can I park with a Temporary Parking Permit?
Most streets in Hoboken without meters are designated on one side as permit (white sign) and the other side Resident permit only (green sign). With a Temporary permit, you may park on the permit (white sign) side of these streets without limitation except during posted street cleaning periods. If you have received an endorsement on your permit, then you may also park on the Resident (green sign) side of these streets without limitation except during posted street cleaning periods or temporary emergency restrictions.

For how long is my Temporary parking permit valid?
Your Temporary parking permit is valid for a maximum of forty-five (45) days, or less if your demonstrated need is less than that. Most Temporary permit holders may return to the Utility every forty-five (45) days with current documentation to renew the permit. The purpose for this requirement is to prevent individuals with expired documentation from extended parking in Hoboken and occupying limited on-street parking space. To avoid this requirement, you may consider acquiring the appropriate documentation for Resident parking permit.

Where do I put my Temporary parking permit?
Place your Temporary parking permit curbside on the dashboard of the permitted vehicle so that it is clearly visible to individuals on the adjacent sidewalk.

What if I don’t have three documents from the Temporary Permit: Step 1 list?
If you have at least one (1) document from the list and you meet the requirements of Temporary Permit: Step 2, you can get a Temporary parking permit for a maximum of fourteen (14) days with no option for renewal while you acquire additional documentation. HPU makes absolutely no exceptions for extension of this form of Temporary permit, so there is no need to ask.

What if I don’t meet the requirements for a Temporary permit?
If you are living in Hoboken but do not meet the requirements for a Temporary permit, you should consider off-street parking while you acquire the necessary documentation to demonstrate Hoboken is your current or permanent place of residence. If you do not need to commute every day with your car, you may find it easier to consider alternative transportation options such as Corner Cars and eliminating the high cost of car ownership, not to mention the frustration of looking for parking. HPU is working continuously to improve these alternative options so that the choice to go car-free gets easier each day.

What if I’m a resident and I rent a car regularly?
That’s great! HPU offers a convenient way to encourage the use of rental cars as an alternative to owning a car. Simply come in with your first rental agreement and New Jersey driver’s license with your legal Hoboken address, and we’ll issue you a Temporary parking permit valid for one (1) year with an endorsement allowing you to park in resident permit parking areas. This permit is only valid on rental cars however, so be very careful not to use it on any other kind of vehicle (we check this on the street by matching the license plate registration to a valid rental car agency).

Business Parking Permits FAQ

Who can get a Business parking permit?

Business parking permits are made available to owners and employees of business establishments located in Hoboken. Also, individuals who meet the requirements for a Temporary parking permit may act as the “business” in order to acquire a Business parking permit when they hire services that require parking near their home.

How do I get a Business parking permit?
Business permits are applied for by the owner or “responsible officer” of the owner at the Utility. There are two steps to getting a Business parking permit. Step 1 is to establish the business as located and legally licensed to operate in Hoboken. This is done by way of a Hoboken business license. Step 2 is to provide the appropriate documentation for each individual and vehicle for whom/which a Business parking permit is sought.

Business Permit: Step 1 – Proof of Business License:
The only documentation accepted for Business Permit: Step 1 is a valid Hoboken business license with a legal Hoboken address. State or Federal tax forms with your business name and Hoboken address are also accepted (i.e. NJ-REG). If you are not the business owner listed on the license, a notarized letter from the owner authorizing you as a “responsible officer” is also required. The Utility will determine whether or not your business is under obligation to provide its own off-street parking based on developer agreements, contracts, etc.

Business Permit: Step 2 – Proof of Employment and Vehicle Registration:
Each employee, excluding the business owner, must provide a current pay stub in the name of the business made out to the employee and a matching driver’s license in the same name of the employee to prove that he/she is currently employed by the business. Additionally, a valid vehicle registration and proof of insurance is required for each vehicle.

Note: If a Business parking permit is sought for more than one vehicle by any employee other than the owner, a letter from the owner stating that the employee requires multiple vehicles to perform his/her job is also required.

Where can I park with a Business parking permit?
Most streets in Hoboken without meters are designated on one side as permit (white sign) and the other side Resident permit only (green sign). With a Business permit, you may park on the permit (white sign) side of these streets during your regular working hours (see next question for more on this), except during posted street cleaning periods or temporary/emergency restrictions.

When can I use my Business parking permit?
Business permits are meant only for use when at work; not for staying in or returning to Hoboken after working hours to park on-street for personal reasons..

For how long is my Business parking permit valid?
Your Business parking permit is valid until the end of September. For example, if you purchased your permit on March 3rd, 2011, the permit would be valid until September 30, 2011.

Where do I put my Business parking permit?
Place your Business parking permit on the dashboard of the permitted vehicle so that it is clearly visible from the outside.

What if I don’t have a pay stub yet?
If you are just beginning a new job based in Hoboken, you may received a Temporary parking permit for a maximum of 45 days while you await your first pay stub. If after that time you do not return to the Utility or still do not have a pay stub, you may no longer park on-street in Hoboken.

How many Business parking permits can my business get?
Businesses are limited to a maximum of twenty (20) Business parking permits. Request for more must be submitted in writing and reviewed by committee for approval.

How do I apply for a Business parking permit if I am a resident?
Individuals able to establish residency per the requirements of Temporary parking permit may request a Business parking permit for services that require parking near their home. The term of the permit is the duration of the work order or contract, or a maximum of one (1) year, whichever is less.

Why can’t I find parking even though I have a Business parking permit?
There is simply not enough curb space to provide parking for everyone who chooses to drive to work in Hoboken. Your Business parking permit allows you to park in permit parking areas (white sign), but does not guarantee you a spot. You are encouraged to consider the many transit options available in Hoboken, or walk or ride a bicycle to work if you live nearby. If you must drive to Hoboken and find that you are regularly having trouble parking on street, Business parking permit holders may purchase discounted “coupons” at the Utility to park in city-owned Hudson Street and Midtown parking garages, which are a short walk from most locations in Hoboken. Under no circumstances may Business parking permit holders park at a meter for more than two (2) hours.

Why do I see Business parking permits on the resident side of streets?
All businesses are entitled to apply for the privilege to park on the resident (green sign) side of non-metered streets between the hours of 8AM and 6PM when many Hoboken residents are away at work. The decision to grant this privilege is made by committee review based on a limited number of spaces available and is typically reserved for special uses such as non-profits and academic institutions. If granted, there is an additional fee for the endorsement indicating that the permit is authorized to park in resident areas during these time periods.

What options do I have for parking immediately in front of a residence?
Residents or businesses can purchase Temporary No Parking Signs and Meter Bags for moving, special events, contractor work, etc. You can purchase signs that reserve a specific on-street space for you in 4, 8, 12, and 24-hour increments. Call or come in to the Utility for details.

What permit can I get for guests and visitors to my business?
Guests, visitors, and other intermittent vehicles used by your business (such as rental cars) can park up to four hours on the permit (white sign) side of the street, at meters for up to two hours, or in municipal garages at the posted rates. Alternatively, businesses can purchase visitor hang-tag parking permits at the Utility window during regular business hours.

Other Parking Products Available to Hoboken Businesses:
Discounted Employee Garage Coupons: If you are a Hoboken Business permit holder and tired of driving around looking for on-street parking, consider purchasing a booklet of 10 parking coupons to park in Hoboken municipal garages for $5/12 hour period (A booklet of 10 is $50). That’s $3.00 less per day than feeding the meters (which is illegal, by the way!) and it preserves valuable on-street parking for your customers! By participating in this program, you can save over $375/year as opposed to parking at metered spaces. So be smart and be thrifty, tell your staff to leave the meters for your customers and park in the municipal garage with $5 coupons for sale at the Hoboken Parking Utility!

Parking Tickets FAQ

Why can’t the City of Hoboken provide an online or mail-in appeal process for parking summonses like cities in other states have?
New Jersey state law prohibits municipalities from conducting an administrative review of parking summonses. Once a summons is issued, it must be contested, if desired, in municipal court.