Have You Considered Having Your Block Join the Residential Parking Permit Program? Then Here’s Something to Consider

Even with RPP, some blocks, such as the 700 block of Quebec, struggle handling the demand for street parking.

Even with RPP, some blocks, such as the 700 block of Quebec, struggle handling the demand for street parking.

Of late, I’ve found that I’m handling a number of  issues related to DDOT’s Residential Parking Permit program. In addition to being able to register your address in the DMV RPP database should you not live on a block with RPP, I’ve been having residents on some of our few remaining non-RPP blocks inquire about how to be included in the program.

To start with, if you want to have your block included in the RPP program, you and your neighbors need to circulate a RPP petition and get support from the majority of the residents on the block. Once that has been accomplished, the petition needs to be submitted to DDOT (usually through your ANC representative).

The final hurdle is that DDOT will visit the block and do an assessment to see if the street passes the 70/10 requirement. This last piece is something that most residents are not aware of and it can prevent implementation of RPP even with overwhelming community support.

The 70/10 requirement is explained in Title 18, Section 2412 of the DC Municipal Code. What is says is:

  • (a) During any weekday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., the motor vehicles parked on the street occupy at least seventy percent (70%) of the parking spaces of the block; and,
  • (b) During any weekday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at least ten percent (10%) of the motor vehicles parked on the street are not registered in that residential permit parking zone in the name of a person residing in the District.

So, if you live on a block that does not participate in the RPP program and you’ve been thinking of starting the petition process, you might want to see if your block meets the 70/10 requirement prior to putting in the work of getting signatures. If it does and your neighbors support the desire for RPP, great, it should be smooth sailing.

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2 Comments on “Have You Considered Having Your Block Join the Residential Parking Permit Program? Then Here’s Something to Consider”

  1. Jim Graham Says:

    I am puzzled by this. Nearly all blocks in Ward 1 are included in RPP as a result of legislation that I authored. No petition is necessary. Am I missing something? Bests Jim Graham

  2. 600 Block Otis Says:

    Jim, How about 600 block of Otis Pl NW? Where we have numerous out of state cars and several cabs parked for most of the day but especially in the evening when residents are returning from work. We are one of the closest streets to GA Ave/Petworth metro without parking restrictions. It would be nice to be able to park on neighboring streets, but visitor passes were never distributed to my address.

    Kent, do you have a link to the form at DC DMV to register an address? After about five minutes, I gave up trying to figure it out.


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